IFIP Working Group 2.10

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IFIP Working Group WG 2.10 on Software Architecture is a working group of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP).


The purpose of WG 2.10 is to further the practice of software architecture by integrating software architecture research and practice.[1]

Software architecture is important because

  • it captures and preserves designers' intentions about system structure, thereby providing a defense against design decay as a system ages
  • it is the key to achieving intellectual control over the enormous complexity of a sophisticated system.

Some of the concerns of a software architect are

  • early analysis of critical whole-system properties
  • preservation of the integrity of design over time in the face of system modifications and the creation of families of related systems.


The aspects of software architecture within the working group's scope are:

  • identifying common problems encountered by practitioners
  • investigating notations, languages, techniques, tools, and methodologies for improving the practice of software architecture.

Current areas for improvement are:

  • describing software architectures
  • supporting reuse at the architectural level
  • interoperability and integration
  • evaluating and analyzing software architectures (e.g. for fulfillment of requirements or properties, comparing design alternatives, etc.)
  • supporting the correspondence between the architecture and the implementation
  • reverse-engineering the architecture of an implemented system
  • training, education, and certification of software architects

The Software Architecture Portal[edit]

The IFIP WG 2.10 maintains the software architecture portal.[2] The portal provides information about the working group, the Software Architecture Village wiki, and other resources on software architecture. The IFIP WG 2.10 is also active in organising the WICSA conference series.[3]