Designing by Services: A New Paradigm for Collaborative Product Development
The design and development of complex products entails the collaborative work of multidisciplinary and geographically distributed teams. The collaborative work largely depends on the effective sharing and integration of information and computing powers in a distributed environment, and thus raises the need of supplying flexible and accessible information for next generation design systems. Current design systems and tools are mainly focused on specific aspects such as design, analysis, and manufacturing while the need of integrated and collaborative development is not yet addressed. In this research, a paradigm of designing by services is envisaged which is aimed at supporting collaborative product development by integrating information and computing powers provided as services by organizations with relevant expertise. Such a paradigm requires a flexible architecture and the support of information technologies as it involves a large amount of complex information about products, processes, and people. This book chapter presents a paradigm of designing by services, describes the devising of a service oriented architecture for design systems for this paradigm, discusses the key enabling technologies involved, and introduces the development of a collaborative simulation using service oriented computing as a case study of software systems implementation.
The authors acknowledge the support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61074110).
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