Embedded systems, with their tight technology integration, andmultiple requirements andstakeholders, are characterized by tightly interrelated processes, information and tools.Embedded systems will as a consequence be described by multiple, heterogeneous andinterrelated descriptions such as for example requirements documents, design and analysismodels, software and hardware descriptions. We refer to a system designed this way as amulti-view (MV) system.
The main contribution of this paper is a characterization of model-based approachesto MV systems. The characterization takes three main perspectives: semantic relationsbetween views (content), relations over time (process), and manipulation of views (operations).We complement these perspectives by investigating MV system challenges and bya survey of related approaches. The characterization aims to provide a basis for a betterunderstanding, design and implementation of MV systems, and thereby to overcome thecurrent fragmented points of view on integrated multi-view modeling (MVM).