The quality and longevity of a software-reliant system is largely determined by its architecture. The SEI has been developing and applying theories, technologies, and methods that support the effective use of architecture for more than 20 years. During this time, the SEI has engaged with dozens of organizations in industry, government, and academia to create, mature, and transition architecture-related engineering practices. Based on this work and other research, members of the SEI technical staff have published five books, hundreds of journal articles, papers in conference proceedings, technical reports, and white papers; given numerous presentations; and produced several dozen webinars, videos, and podcasts.
This research has investigated the roles of architecture and quality attribute requirements across the life cycle and for systems at all scales. The results of this research are contributing to the establishment of a discipline of Architecture-Centric Engineering (ACE). In ACE, architecture is a focal point for performing ongoing analyses to gain increasing levels of confidence that systems will support their business and mission goals.
Current research topics include
Information on past architecture research at the SEI is also available.
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