Exploring Architectural Design Decisions in Industry 4.0: A Literature Review and Taxonomy

Tarik Terzimehić, Kirill Dorofeev and Sebastian Voss

Software Engineering 2022 - Fachtagung des GI-Fachbereichs Softwaretechnik,

February 2022 · doi: 10.18420/se2022-ws-030


Paper accepted in the Foundation Track of ACM/IEEE 24th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS), 2021. Architectural design decisions, such as service deployment and composition, plant layout synthesis, or production planning, are an indispensable and overarching part of an industrial manufacturing system design. In the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), frequent production changes trigger their synthesis, and preferably optimization. Yet, knowledge on architecture synthesis and optimization has been scattered around other domains, such as generic software engineering. We take a step towards synthesizing current knowledge on architectural design decisions in Industry 4.0. We developed a taxonomy describing architectural models, design decisions, and optimization possibilities. The developed taxonomy serves as a guideline for comparing different possibilities (e.g., application of different optimization algorithms) and selecting appropriate ones for a given context. Furthermore, we reviewed and mapped 30 relevant research works to the taxonomy, identifying research trends and gaps. We discuss interesting, and yet uncovered topics that emerged from our review.

subject terms: architecture synthesis, optimization, taxonomy, design space exploration, MbSE, model-based systems engineering, Industry 4.0