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OMG System Modeling Language — Open Issues

  • Acronym: SysML
  • Issues Count: 105
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Key Issue Reported Fixed Disposition Status
SYSML17-145 Shared parts are still parts SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-53 Another issue with allocate SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-74 clarification, what "part property" is SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-60 Where have stereotypes been defined? SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-61 parameter of the constraint block StraightLineVehicleDynamics shown in figure B.31 seems to be incomplete SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-64 Can Enumerations be used on parametric diagrams for typing constraint parameters SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-70 Error in pending 1.3 diagram 15.6 and elsewhere SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-83 SysML stereotype notation creates ambiguity about to which element is the stereotype applied SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-107 proxy and full port notation change request SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-57 SysML Issue on Refine limitations SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-105 Depletive/non-depletive semantics of ReadStructuralFeatureActions on FlowProperties SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-102 SysML says nothing about how to deal with multiplicity for flow properties matching SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-31 Binding Relationships require unit conversions SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-26 SysML: Align SysML Activities with Foundational UML SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-10 Lack of notation for units and dimensions on values. SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-52 SysML primitive value types SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-68 SysML's PrimitiveValueTypes library is missing "value" properties everywhere SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-229 cannot model and validate physical connections SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-146 Numeric Literals as constraint block property parameter values SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-144 Specify a specific part from a collection of parts on an IBD SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-143 Expand use of rake symbol for all decompositions SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-142 Requirement ID should be immutable SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-138 Hanging Clauses Throughout SysML 1.4 SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-134 AllocateActivityPartition should be more formaly related to allocation Relationship SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-130 Description of model elements in generated document not consistent with specification SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-125 A discarded resolution still appears in the ballot SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-122 Property path notation SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-121 Missing property descriptions for Probability and Rate SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-120 Inherit from a conjugated interface block SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-119 More than one View() operation allowed SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-117 ElementGroup cannot be source or target of a dependency SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-108 Deprecate Unit and QuantityKind stereotypes in 1.4 SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-103 SysML Issues on Item Property values in an IBD SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-98 ProxyPort with FlowProperties SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-82 Fix the notation (hopefully in the same way as UML) to allow allocation of a decision to a swimlane SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-78 How to refer to properties of an extension? SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-32 Support BDD's for State Machines SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-42 Flow properties and activity paramters SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-12 Sample problem: Parts are added directly into package SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-84 VerdictKind SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-97 primitive types in SysML Activities SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-140 Causality of constraints in parametric diagrams SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-28 SysML: Operations on Activities need to be callable (e.g., start, restart, cancel) SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-151 The AdjunctProperty is not clearly described SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-147 Diagram formality confusion SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-141 "Allocated From" should be "Allocated" SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-139 Derived attribute should also be read only SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-137 Missing comment for some attributes SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-136 SysML XMI typos in UML StandardProfile XMI references SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-135 No support for dot notation in activity and sequence diagrams SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-133 Copy, DeriveReqt don't have operations, but Refine, Satisfy, Trace, Verify do. SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-132 ConnectorProperty notation in wrong section. SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-131 Parts, references, values compartments in wrong section SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-129 Definition of SysML stereotypes: association ends versus attributes SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-128 Make ItemFlow a specialization of DirectedRelationshipPropertyPath SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-127 Resolve inconsistency concerning restricion of ItemFlow type hierarchy SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-126 specializations of requirement should specialize AbstractRequirement SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-124 ISO-80000 ValueType stereotype applications have wrong unit and quantityKind values SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-123 Does the objectiveFunction stereotype generalizes the ConstraintBlock stereotype or UML::property? SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-118 Table 12.1 has incorrect "int" typed arguments (4x) SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-116 [SysML] Semantic variation points SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-114 Need clarification about possible configurations of the new ports introduced in SysML 1.3 and of their semantics SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-112 URI for the SysML Profile given in section E.3 is wrong SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-110 Update to Trace Relationship’ SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-106 Semantics clarification for removing a value from an out Flow Property SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-101 About Rate, Continuous and Discrete SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-100 The SysML classification of properties is incomplete SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-96 Semantics of multiple Dependencies SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-88 9.3.2.4 direction of ports and their notation (second issue) SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-87 9.3.2.4 direction of ports SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-79 Interface blocks and protocols SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-76 SysML: References to CreateEvent incorrect SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-73 9.3.2.9 What is InterfaceBlock? SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-72 SysML XMI seems to define its own versions of UML Primitive Types rather than reusing those from UML SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-29 Requirements interchange issue SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-166 Inconsistency between xmi and pdf for Trace and Refine specializations SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-115 Can a SysML Full Port be typed by a ValueType? SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-113 classifierBehaviorProperty and adjunctProperty notation SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-111 Abstract syntax for the initial values SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-104 Pull semantics for flow properties SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-69 Question about the Activity decomposition in Block Definition Diagrams SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-65 Content of Requirement::/tracedTo SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-51 SysML Issue on Multiplicity of Use Case Communication Associations SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-50 SysML Issue representation of properties as associations SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-49 SysML Issue based on UML 15369 SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-48 Figure B.35 object nodes SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-47 SysML 1.2 Issues: Optional with streaming SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-46 Continuous flows in non-streaming situations with >1 multiplicities SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-45 SysML 1.2 Issues: DistributedProperties on Activates SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-44 SysML 1.2 Issues: Default stereotype on unlabeled box is not always optimal SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-43 SysML 1.2 Issue Viewpoint referencing other viewpoints properties SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-41 Inheriting Allocations SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-39 Do parametric bindings observe derived and read-only properties SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-37 callout notation issues SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-27 SysML: Activity Properties should be accessible in Activity diagrams for decision making SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-16 Item Flows on Activity Diagrams SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-15 Inferred Allocation on Allocate Activity Partitions SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-13 SysML: Interaction diagram and Data-based comm of SysML SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-11 It is not allowed in UML to display stereotypes of related elements SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-9 BindingConnector end s multiplicity SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-8 Issue: Nested connector ends SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-6 Block namespace compartment: Are external relationships allowed SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-3 SysML: Generalizing Activites SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-2 SysML: UML Qualified Associations SysML 1.4 open
SYSML17-1 SysML: Protocol State Machines needed SysML 1.4 open

Issues Descriptions

Shared parts are still parts

  • Status: open  
  • Source: Software Centre of Excellence, Rolls-Royce Div. ( Dave Banham)
  • Summary:

    The standard treats non-composite aggregation (white diamond) as the poor cousin of composite aggregation (black diamond) by lumping it into a group of block properties called “references”. (6th paragraph in section 8.3.2.3 Block.) So whilst parts (composite aggregation) have their own compartment, non-composite aggregates have to share a compartment with all of the reference block properties. This also occurs on the IBD with all the types of references being drawn with a dashed rectangular frame. At the very least I would propose that non-composite parts are called reference-parts (as opposed to “owned” parts for the composite ones) and are given their own compartment.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:10 GMT
  • Updated: Mon, 1 Jul 2019 12:18 GMT
  • Attachments:

Another issue with allocate

  • Key: SYSML17-53
  • Legacy Issue Number: 15884
  • Status: open  
  • Source: oose Innovative Informatik eG ( Tim Weilkiens)
  • Summary:

    The allocate relationship is defined from client A::part1:P1 to supplier B::part2:P2. I think that’s ok according to the current SysML specification.

    However what I need is a allocate relationship defined from myA.part1:P1 to myB.part2:P2, i.e. the allocate relationship should consider the context

    and not be valid in another context.

    I’ve tried to assign the ownership of the allocate relationship to the TopLevel block which doesn’t work. MagicDraw doesn’t allow blocks to be owner of a allocate.

    I’m not sure whether it is a tool issue or if I’ve overseen a constraint. According to the UML metamodel it should be possible. Nevertheless I’m not sure if that’ll solve

    my problem.

    Any ideas?

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 9 Dec 2010 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 10:34 GMT

clarification, what "part property" is

  • Key: SYSML17-74
  • Legacy Issue Number: 17307
  • Status: open  
  • Source: No Magic, Inc. ( Nerijus Jankevicius)
  • Summary:

    The NEW issue - clarification, what "part property" is, as new port types typed by Blocks changed everything, they fit into "part properties" definition.
    SysML 1.3, Page 43 : "A property typed by a SysML Block that has composite aggregation is classified as a part property, except for the special case of a constraint property. "

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 13 Apr 2012 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 09:47 GMT

Where have stereotypes been defined?


parameter of the constraint block StraightLineVehicleDynamics shown in figure B.31 seems to be incomplete


Can Enumerations be used on parametric diagrams for typing constraint parameters

  • Key: SYSML17-64
  • Legacy Issue Number: 16304
  • Status: open  
  • Source: PTC ( Andreas Korff)
  • Summary:

    when participating in the discussions on the draft ballot 3 on the SysML 1.3 spec, we observed that there is a need for clarification. The question was about whether Enumerations can be used on parametric diagrams for typing constraint parameters. The spec defines:

    From 8.3.2.10

    SysML defines ValueType as a stereotype of UML DataType to establish a more neutral term for system values that may never be given a concrete data representation. … A SysML ValueType may define its own properties and/or operations, just as for a UML DataType. See Section 8.3.2.2, “Block” for property classifications that SysML defines for either a Block or ValueType.

    ValueTypes can be used to type constraint parameters. Since ValueTypes extend UML DataTypes, and Enumerations are a subtype of DataType, Enumerations might be used. Since Blocks could be used as types of constraint parameters as well, the implication that any subtype of a UML datatype might lead to the implication that any subtype of UML classifier could be used here as well (e.g. activity or StateMachine), which is of course not meant.

    We need to constrain this definition better

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Wed, 1 Jun 2011 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 08:42 GMT
  • Attachments:

Error in pending 1.3 diagram 15.6 and elsewhere

  • Key: SYSML17-70
  • Legacy Issue Number: 16947
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    In Figure 15.6 in pending SysML 1.3, on the left side of the diagram, the object-flow, labeled objectflow3 is a dashed line. From table 11.2, object flows always use solid lines (though control flow can use either solid or dashed).

    This was also wrong in SysML 1.2, though the diagram number was then 15.5.

    Thanks to Geoffrey Shuebrook who pointed this out to me,.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 9 Jan 2012 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 08:25 GMT

SysML stereotype notation creates ambiguity about to which element is the stereotype applied

  • Key: SYSML17-83
  • Legacy Issue Number: 18268
  • Status: open  
  • Source: NASA ( Nicolas Rouquette)
  • Summary:

    The SysML notation allows a stereotype <<S>> applied to an element E1 to be shown as the notation for a different element E2 related to E1 in some way.

    Example: 11.3.1.2 CallBehaviorAction and Figure 11.2:

    Stereotypes applied to behaviors may appear on the notation for CallBehaviorAction when invoking those behaviors, as

    shown in Figure 11.2.

    What this means is that if a CallBehaviorAction shows a stereotype <<S>>, then it is unclear whether <<S>> is applied to the CallBehaviorAction itself or to the behavior that the CallBehaviorAction calls.

    This ambiguity is problematic for users reading SysML diagrams as indicated by SysML issue 17549:

    Table 11.1 on pg. 93 shows that the «controlOperator» stereotype can be applied

    to a call behavior action (when that call behavior action calls an activity that also

    has the «controlOperator» stereotype applied).

    More generally, the SysML spec needs to be reviewed where this stereotype notation can result in this kind of ambiguity.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Tue, 20 Nov 2012 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 08:00 GMT

proxy and full port notation change request

  • Legacy Issue Number: 18993
  • Status: open  
  • Source: No Magic, Inc. ( Nerijus Jankevicius)
  • Summary:

    After ˜1 year of using new proxy and full ports, our customers are not happy with using <<proxy>> and <<full>> keywords/labels for port kind identification.

    In real life, multiple labels on ports makes modeling a nightmare (see image below).

    In MagicDraw, we use different colors - full port has the same color as part, when proxy port is different, but it is not enough. Diagram may be printed in B&W too.
    What do you think about the idea to change proxy port graphical notation, by adding some special icons or using a dashed line for example?

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Wed, 9 Oct 2013 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 07:19 GMT

SysML Issue on Refine limitations

  • Key: SYSML17-57
  • Legacy Issue Number: 16016
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    The text description of how the refine relationship can be used disagrees with formal restrictions.

    On page 126, 2nd paragraph, the text says.

    “The refine requirement relationship can be used to describe how a model element or set of elements can be used to further refine a requirement. For example, a use case or activity diagram may be used to refine a text-based functional requirement. Alternatively, it may be used to show how a text-based requirement refines a model element. In this case, some elaborated text could be used to refine a less fine-grained model element.”

    This allows a refine relationship to be

    [Requirement] ß1..*[Model element]

    Or

    [Requirement] à [Model element]

    However, Figure 16.1 only has

    /refinedBy:Named Element[*] as property for a Requirement

    Thus it is not possible to have a requirement refine a model element.

    This is confirmed by Figure 16.2, which in showing the tags for a NamedElement

    Has /refines Requirement [*]

    This is confirmed in table 16.2 by only showing paths that allow a NamedElement to refine a requirement (and not the other way around).

    So problem 1.

    The text and restrictions disagree, fix the text to be as follows, by deleting the last sentence:

    The refine requirement relationship can be used to describe how a model element or set of elements can be used to further refine a requirement. For example, a use case or activity diagram may be used to refine a text-based functional requirement. Alternatively, it may be used to show how a text-based requirement refines a model element. In this case, some elaborated text could be used to refine a less fine-grained model element.

    Problem 2

    The text indicates the refine relationship may be from a diagram. A diagram is not a metaclass in UML or SysML and cannot participate in this way. Please strike the word “diagram” from the text

    Final wording

    The refine requirement relationship can be used to describe how a model element or set of elements can be used to further refine a requirement. For example, a use case or activity may be used to refine a text-based functional requirement.

    Additional comment.

    It’s unclear in these circumstances, to me at least, whether two different use cases that «refine» a requirement are participating in the same refinement relationship or are just stored in a common location in the requirement.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Wed, 9 Feb 2011 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Fri, 21 Jun 2019 06:27 GMT

Depletive/non-depletive semantics of ReadStructuralFeatureActions on FlowProperties

  • Legacy Issue Number: 18877
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Airbus Group ( Yves Bernard)
  • Summary:

    For “regular” properties, UML semantics in UML is “non-depletive”: the ability to read their value does not depend on the number of time they have been read previously. A “depletive” semantics would implies that a value is no more available once it has been read

    SysML does not say anything about this for flow properties.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 19 Aug 2013 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:11 GMT

SysML says nothing about how to deal with multiplicity for flow properties matching

  • Legacy Issue Number: 18783
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Airbus Group ( Yves Bernard)
  • Summary:

    SysML says nothing about how to deal with multiplicity for flow properties matching

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 20 Jun 2013 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:11 GMT

Binding Relationships require unit conversions

  • Key: SYSML17-31
  • Legacy Issue Number: 13261
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    Binding relationships are used between model element properties and parameter in the constraint blocks, similarly they are used between constraint blocks.

    These constraint blocks are intended to be reusable.

    However connecting constraint blocks from different sources does not usually work unless the units are the same. Model element values may also not be using tehehe same units.

    A reasonable solution is to indicate the scaling factor on the binding relationship. This could be done in several ways. One way would be to indicate a simple assignment equations between the two parameter names.

    Currently

    x----------------------------------Y

    Proposed

    Y=100*x

    x-----------------------------------------Y

    Instead of using a constant 100, we could used a named constant such as cmPm

    If both ends of the binding relationship were identically named, we need to add an arrow to indicate the souce and target sidel

    à

    X=cmPM*X

    X-----------------------------------------X

    This would indicate that the left side X must be multipled by the cmPm to give the left side x

    This approach allows us to handle more complex conversions by including the ability to add/sub constants

    C=5/9*(F-32)

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 15 Jan 2009 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 13:43 GMT

SysML: Align SysML Activities with Foundational UML

  • Key: SYSML17-26
  • Legacy Issue Number: 13152
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    SysML: Align SysML Activities with Foundational UML

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 11 Dec 2008 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 13:21 GMT

Lack of notation for units and dimensions on values.

  • Key: SYSML17-10
  • Legacy Issue Number: 11493
  • Status: open  
  • Source: No Magic, Inc. ( Nerijus Jankevicius)
  • Summary:

    Lack of notation for units and dimensions on values. There are no samples at all

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Wed, 19 Sep 2007 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 13:15 GMT

SysML primitive value types

  • Key: SYSML17-52
  • Legacy Issue Number: 15882
  • Status: open  
  • Source: No Magic, Inc. ( Nerijus Jankevicius)
  • Summary:

    We have issues with SysML primitive value types - Real, Integer, Boolean, String etc.

    The problem is that these types are not inherited from corresponding UML primitive types - Real, Integer, Boolean, String.
    That means, UML tool can't understand, what kind of ValueSpecification should be created for values of properties typed by these value types.
    Should it be LiteralString or LiteralInteger or OpaqueExpression?
    Constraints can't check if slot values are compatible with property types, as it is not clear what kind of value specification it should be also.
    There are issues in parametrics solving also, as values must be compatible with property types.

    I think, SysML primitives must be directly inherited from UML primitives - Real subtype of UML Real, String subtype of UML String etc.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Wed, 8 Dec 2010 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 13 Jun 2019 15:49 GMT
  • Attachments:

SysML's PrimitiveValueTypes library is missing "value" properties everywhere

  • Key: SYSML17-68
  • Legacy Issue Number: 16876
  • Status: open  
  • Source: NASA ( Nicolas Rouquette)
  • Summary:

    For SysML 1.3, has anyone tried to specify the value of a SysML::ValueType ?

    If you haven't done so, please try to do this carefully – i.e., don't just assume that Real x = "42.0" is enough!

    You'll realize then that the SysML 1.3 spec doesn't provide the capability to specify the actual value for any of the SysML::Libraries::PrimitiveValueTypes

    SysML::Libraries::PrimitiveValueTypes::Boolean
    SysML::Libraries::PrimitiveValueTypes::Integer
    SysML::Libraries::PrimitiveValueTypes::Real
    SysML::Libraries::PrimitiveValueTypes::String

    Since we can't specify the actual real value of a SysML Real, we can't specify the realPart or the imaginaryPart of a SysML Complex number either!

    SysML::Libraries::PrimitiveValueTypes::Complex::realPart :
    SysML::Libraries::PrimitiveValueTypes::Complex::imaginaryPart

    What is missing is an actual "value" attribute whose type then must be from the UML PrimitiveTypes library since it's the only capability in UML/SysML we have to specify an actual "value" via the Literal[X] metaclasses in UML.

    SysML::Libraries::PrimitiveValueTypes::Boolean::value : PrimitiveTypes::Boolean – an actual value can be specified as a UML::LiteralBoolean
    SysML::Libraries::PrimitiveValueTypes::Integer::value : PrimitiveTypes::Integer – an actual value can be specified as a UML::LiteralInteger
    SysML::Libraries::PrimitiveValueTypes::Real::value : PrimitiveTypes::Real – an actual value can be specified as a UML::LiteralReal
    SysML::Libraries::PrimitiveValueTypes::String::value : PrimitiveTypes::String – an actual value can be specified as a UML::LiteralString

    SysML::Libraries::PrimitiveValueTypes::Complex can remain as-is since it inherits the capability
    to specify an actual value for its realPart & imaginaryPart attributes thanks to SysML::Libraries::PrimitiveValueTypes::Real::value : PrimitiveTypes::Real

    I also realized that the QUDV library inconsistently uses in a few places SysML::Libraries::PrimitiveValueTypes when in fact it should use UML's PrimitiveTypes.

    I believe that this is a new issue for SysML 1.3.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 5 Dec 2011 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:37 GMT

cannot model and validate physical connections

  • Status: open  
  • Source: US Navy - Naval Information Warfare Center - Atlantic ( Stuart Pearce)
  • Summary:

    I’d like to model the physical connection from a device to another device. It appears SysML 1.4 does not allow this natively or easily. I’ve discussed this issue with Russell Peak, Georgia Tech and he agrees that it is a short coming of SysML.

    For example:
    I have a computer with a power cord that I would like to model to verify the correct connectors are on it. The wall receptacle is typically a 5-15R for North America, the matching power cord connection is a 5-15P. The computer typically has a C13R power receptacle and the power cord plug would be a C13P. I can add ports to my block in an ibd for the receptacle and plug ends, but I cannot validate that a good connection is 5-15R=5-15P for the wall end or C13R=C13P for the computer end.
    This will apply for all types of physical connections, copper data, fiber data, pipe, tube, etc.

    If there is a working group for this area I will be glad to work with them.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 22 Apr 2019 10:40 GMT
  • Updated: Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:50 GMT

Numeric Literals as constraint block property parameter values

  • Status: open  
  • Source: Software Centre of Excellence, Rolls-Royce Div. ( Dave Banham)
  • Summary:

    It would be very useful to have the ability to have literal values as parameter values to a constraint block property. (Helps with reuse of constraint blocks.) Even better, to be able to use named constants from a (shared) library package (i.e. a different namespace), which could combine a description of the value with quantity and unit attributes.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:26 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

Specify a specific part from a collection of parts on an IBD

  • Status: open  
  • Source: Software Centre of Excellence, Rolls-Royce Div. ( Dave Banham)
  • Summary:

    There is no way of saying which part from a collection (i.e. a plural cardinality/multiplicity) is being shown and hence there is no clear and unambiguous way of showing multiple parts from a collection separately on an IBD. E.g. the spokes on a wheel is easily modelled in a BDD as a collection of spokes, but not easily set out in an IBD, whereas, individually named (by role) spokes can be set out in an IBD, but, for more than a few, this becomes awkward to show on a BDD.
    For at least ordered collections (i.e. plural multiplicities) of parts (aggregate roles) the traditional use of square bracket array notation could be used, e.g. mypart[10] would refer to the 10th instance of part collection called "mypart". For unordered collections a selector (i.e. query) would be required.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:47 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

Expand use of rake symbol for all decompositions

  • Legacy Issue Number: 19783
  • Status: open  
  • Source: University of Detroit Mercy ( Michael Vinarcik)
  • Summary:

    I’d like to advocate for rakes on Call Operation nodes (that have associated methods) in the next SysML rev. We’re using operations extensively because they inherit nicely and have inputs/output parameters. By moving to Call Operations from Call Behaviors, we lose the rake that’s a visible sign you can drill deeper…so by using Call Operations with methods instead of Call Behaviors, we lose that visual cue.
    I put a stereotype with icons on the nodes as a fix, but I’d love to see it as a native function.

    I suggest that rake symbols should be expanded to include call operations on activity diagrams with methods attached (or any other situation in which drill-down is available).

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Tue, 9 Jun 2015 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

Requirement ID should be immutable

  • Legacy Issue Number: 19764
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Anonymous
  • Summary:

    Requirement IDs, as currently specified by the standard and implemented by vendors, are not adequate to ensure robust traceability outside MBSE models. The standard describes ID as "The unique Id of the requirement”. I would suggest replacing this sentence with "The unique and immutable Id of the requirement." This immutable characteristic is key to ensure robust traceability throughout a project with external stakeholders and documents.

    The current practice of using a hierarchical number for the ID is bad practice that should be discouraged, because a hierarchical ID will necessary change when the hierarchy is refactored, which is almost guaranteed to happen. This breaks traceability. I recognize that there is also a need for a hierarchical ID, mainly to be used to sort requirement tables properly using this property. For that use case, I would suggest a new ID called HID with the following description: “A unique hierarchical identifier, used to organize requirements within a package”

    Since we now have two different IDs that serve two different purposes, we should give guidance for which one should be used as the prefix in front of the name, depending of the context. My suggestion is as follows:

    • In a traceability context, the ID should be the prefix shown in front of the name. For example, when showing the table column "Derived From", the ID should be the prefix shown, not the HID.
    • In a hierarchical context (for example, in the containment tree), the HID should be shown as the prefix in front of the name.
    • When in doubt, use the ID in preference over HID.
  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 29 May 2015 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

Hanging Clauses Throughout SysML 1.4

  • Status: open  
  • Source: Thematix Partners LLC ( Rick Steiner)
  • Summary:

    ISO/IEC Directives Part 2 2016 clause 22 states than each and every clause and subclause of the spec should be numbered, and hanging clauses should be avoided. Any numbered clause containing text or figures than that has a subordinate numbered clause becomes a hanging clause, because it does not have a unique number assigned to it.

    List of known hanging clauses in SysML 1.4 (exclusive of un-numbered ‘subpart’ text on pages 1, 19, 103, 145, and 185):
    6.2 page 17
    7.1 page 21
    7.3.2 page 26 (figure only)
    8.3.1.1 page 42
    8.3.1.2 page 44
    8.3.2 page 47 (figures only)
    8.3.3.1 page 59 (figure only)
    8.3.3.2 page 60 (figure only)
    9.1 page 71
    9.3.2 page 79 (figures only)
    10.3.2 page 100 (figure only)
    11.1 page 105
    11.3.1 page 114
    11.3.2 page 117 (both text and figure)
    11.3.3.1 page 121 (both text and figure)
    12.3.1 page 133
    15.3.2 page 150 (figure only)
    15.4 page 152 (both text and figure)
    15.4.2 page 153 (both text and figure)
    16.3.2 page 164 (figure only)
    16.4 page 168
    17.2.1 page 176 (figure only)
    17.2.2 page 178 (figure only)
    B.2 page 194 (figure only)
    C.1 page 203
    E.5.2 page 254 (both figures and text)
    E.6.5 page 286 (both figure and text)
    Annex F (no paragraph number)
    G.4 page 318

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:39 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

AllocateActivityPartition should be more formaly related to allocation Relationship

  • Status: open  
  • Source: Airbus Group ( Yves Bernard)
  • Summary:

    Assuming an AllocateActivityPartition is used to specify allocations, the element created in the model to represent it should be more formally linked to the corresponding Allocate relationships.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:33 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

Description of model elements in generated document not consistent with specification

  • Status: open  
  • Source: oose Innovative Informatik eG ( Tim Weilkiens)
  • Summary:

    The document that is generated from the model file defining the SysML profile contains descriptions of the model elements that are not consistent with the specification.

    Some description texts are completely missing, some are incomplete, and some have a different text than in the specification document.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:10 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

A discarded resolution still appears in the ballot

  • Status: open  
  • Source: Airbus Group ( Yves Bernard)
  • Summary:

    Resolution SYSML-331 was discarded from ballot#8, replaced by SYSMLR-359 then added to ballot#9.

    However in ballot#9, SYSMLR-331 still appears beside SYSMLR-359 with all the votes casted in the ballot#8!

    It's rather confusing because, in addition, JIRA said that we already voted for this ballot, which is not true!

    Can we fix this?

    Thanks

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:56 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

Property path notation

  • Status: open  
  • Source: No Magic, Inc. ( Nerijus Jankevicius)
  • Summary:

    SysML spec says:

    The name of the referenced property is built by a string of names separated by “.”, resulting in a form of path name that identifies the property in its local context.

    The problem is that in real-life models properties/parts are unnamed. In this case, it is not clear how property path should look like, or looks like this:
    name1…..value or vehicle….value where intermediate properties are unidentifiable.

    A proposed solution would be to use type name if part name is not specified.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 20 Jun 2016 21:14 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

Missing property descriptions for Probability and Rate

  • Status: open  
  • Source: oose Innovative Informatik eG ( Tim Weilkiens)
  • Summary:

    The stereotypes Probability and Rate in the Activities chapter have no description of their properties.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 2 Jan 2017 13:01 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

Inherit from a conjugated interface block

  • Legacy Issue Number: 19644
  • Status: open  
  • Source: oose Innovative Informatik eG ( Tim Weilkiens)
  • Summary:

    Figure 9.7 shows that the types of parts that are connected with binding connectors with proxy ports inherit from the proxy port types. That assures that all the features of the interface block type of the proxy port are implemented by the part.

    However in practice you typically have for most proxy ports also a connected conjugated proxy port. You can't inherit from a conjugated interface block and therefore must manually define a conjugated version of the interface block. In summary that supersedes the concept of conjugation.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

More than one View() operation allowed

  • Legacy Issue Number: 19623
  • Status: open  
  • Source: oose Innovative Informatik eG ( Tim Weilkiens)
  • Summary:

    The viewpoint constraint about the View() operation allows more than one View() operation:

    [2] The property ownedOperation must include at least one operation named “View” with the UML Create stereotype
    applied.

    It is not specified what happens if there is more than one View() operation. For example:

    • In which order are they performed? If only one View() operation is performed it is not defined which one.
    • The wording of the derived property method is only about one operation ("of the operation").

    As long no one has a good use case to have more than View() operation I propose to change constraint [2] to:

    [2] The property ownedOperation must include exactly one operation named “View” with the UML Create stereotype
    applied.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Sat, 27 Sep 2014 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

ElementGroup cannot be source or target of a dependency

  • Legacy Issue Number: 19595
  • Status: open  
  • Source: oose Innovative Informatik eG ( Tim Weilkiens)
  • Summary:

    The stereotype ElementGroup extends the base class comment which is not a NamedElement. Therefore a ElementGroup can't be source or target of a dependency and it is not possible to use an ElementGroup for instance with a trace or satisfy relationship.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Sun, 7 Sep 2014 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

Deprecate Unit and QuantityKind stereotypes in 1.4

  • Legacy Issue Number: 19062
  • Status: open  
  • Source: NASA ( Nicolas Rouquette)
  • Summary:

    Instead of deleting the Unit and QuantityKind stereotypes according to the 18269 resolution in SysML 1.4 ballot 4, I suggest moving these stereotypes to the SysML::DeprecatedElements package.

    Without doing this, a SysML 1.4 tool that opens a SysML 1.3 model will have to convert InstanceSpecifications stereotyped by SysML 1.3 Unit or QuantityKind into InstanceSpecifications classified by SysML::Libraries::UnitAndQuantityKind::Unit or QuantityKind respectively.

    Even if a SysML 1.4 tool alerts the user that this migration has happened, it will not be possible to discern InstanceSpecifications classified by SysML::Libraries::UnitAndQuantityKind::Unit or QuantityKind due migration from SysML 1.3 vs. deliberate choice.

    A better migration strategy would be to convert SysML 1.3 Unit/QuantityKind-stereotyped InstanceSpecifications into SysML 1.4 InstanceSpecifications that are both:
    stereotyped by SysML::DeprecatedElements::Unit/QuantityKind
    Classified by SysML::Libraries::UnitAndQuantityKind::Unit or QuantityKind
    The former leaves a persistent indication that the InstanceSpecifications have been partially migrated.
    The latter represents a partial migration to SysML 1.4 Units/QuantityKinds; that is, the user can complete the migration by classifying these InstanceSpecifications with concrete SysML Blocks that specialize SysML::Libraries::UnitAndQuantityKind::Unit or QuantityKind respectively.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 1 Nov 2013 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

SysML Issues on Item Property values in an IBD

  • Legacy Issue Number: 18805
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    The SysML spec does not give any notation for (or example of) specifying the values of an item property participating in an item flow. For example, if water flows in multiple places in the distiller, each should be able to have a specified temperature and dissolved matter % (perhaps as distributions).

    Perhaps a variant of a property specific type would work, perhaps a callout approach would work.

    It possible, it would be desirable to allow for multiple item properties:item flows to have the same name within an ibd, as this would be a natural modeling approach (e.g., all the pipes covey the same thing, but with different values).

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Tue, 9 Jul 2013 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

ProxyPort with FlowProperties

  • Key: SYSML17-98
  • Legacy Issue Number: 18676
  • Status: open  
  • Source: oose Innovative Informatik eG ( Tim Weilkiens)
  • Summary:

    I struggle to use proxy port with flow properties. One idea is to use a behavioral port and to bind the flow properties with the behavior parameters. In chapter 9.3.2.7 about FlowProperties the spec states:

    The binding of flow properties on ports to behavior parameters can be achieved in ways not dictated by SysML. One approach is to perform name and type matching. Another approach is to explicitly use binding relationships between the ports properties and behavior parameters or block properties.

    What are port properties? A port has no properties, but the type of the port, e.g. a InterfaceBlock. And these properties are the same for any usage of the InterfaceBlock and I can’t use context-specific binding relationships.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 18 Apr 2013 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

Fix the notation (hopefully in the same way as UML) to allow allocation of a decision to a swimlane

  • Key: SYSML17-82
  • Legacy Issue Number: 18193
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    Fix the notation (hopefully in the same way as UML) to allow allocation of a decision to a swimlane

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 22 Oct 2012 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

How to refer to properties of an extension?

  • Key: SYSML17-78
  • Legacy Issue Number: 18168
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Airbus Group ( Yves Bernard)
  • Summary:

    For a practical usage it is required to be able to refer to a property of a stereotype application, for instance as target or source of an allocation relationship. This need is somewhat similar to that of referencing a nested property but we shall make sure the solution selected for the Common Reference Path will be able to address this case too.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 2 Apr 2012 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

Support BDD's for State Machines

  • Key: SYSML17-32
  • Legacy Issue Number: 13263
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    One very powerful organizational technique of SysML is the pairing of definitional diagrams with usage diagrams

    BDD (for Blocks) IBDs

    BDD (for Activities) ACTs

    BDD (for Constraint Blocks) PARs

    The BDD form identifies the elements (structural, functional, constraint) and the 2nd form assembles the elements using detailed design techniques suitable for the element form.

    It would be convenient and symmetric to support a similar diagram for for State Machines

    BDD(for States) STMs

    In the past, Class diagrams for States (in UML 1.x) were used. However, it appears that UML 2.x has deleted the ability to use inheritance relationships among states. Though we could look to UML to fix this, I believe it is possible to model state->substate relationships as compositions without a change to UML to produce a satisfactory conclusion.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 15 Jan 2009 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:20 GMT

Flow properties and activity paramters

  • Key: SYSML17-42
  • Legacy Issue Number: 15176
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Françse ( Caron)
  • Summary:

    The SysML flow properties specify elementary flows (nature and direction) that can cross the boundary of a block through a port.

    According to the functional approaches of systems engineering, an entering flow when getting over the boundary of a block is handled as an input by at least one function of the block. An outgoing flow getting out the boundary of the same block is produced as an output by at least one function.

    Activity diagrams are used for carrying out functional graphs with SysML. Inputs and outputs of SysML activities are specified by parameters. Nevertheless SysML does not seem to provide any mean to relate activity input / output parameters to the flow properties. This entails that the unfortunate SysML developers, after having made careful and strenuous efforts for specifying the block interfaces with flow properties and ports, have no other solution than to redo exactly the same work for specifying the inputs / outputs of the functional architecture as activity parameters (or vice-versa). Moreover, there is no mean to ensure consistency in the SysML model between the flow properties and the activity parameters and neither between the ports and the activity pins.

    A solution would be to enable to use flow properties like parameters as activity inputs / outputs.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 16 Apr 2010 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 4 Apr 2019 16:04 GMT

Sample problem: Parts are added directly into package

  • Key: SYSML17-12
  • Legacy Issue Number: 11499
  • Status: open  
  • Source: No Magic, Inc. ( Nerijus Jankevicius)
  • Summary:

    Parts are added directly into package. B27 - <<moe>> element that is a part is displayed inside of a package <<view>>

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Wed, 19 Sep 2007 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:52 GMT

VerdictKind

  • Key: SYSML17-84
  • Legacy Issue Number: 18312
  • Status: open  
  • Source: No Magic, Inc. ( Nerijus Jankevicius)
  • Summary:

    I just realized that Requirements::VerdictKind enumeration in SysML profile is NOT a ValueType, so I can't use it in SysML model to type my values.

    Does everyone agree that it shall have ValueType stereotype applied?

    We should make sure all datatypes we provide are ValueTypes.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Wed, 12 Dec 2012 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:45 GMT

primitive types in SysML Activities

  • Key: SYSML17-97
  • Legacy Issue Number: 18659
  • Status: open  
  • Source: No Magic, Inc. ( Nerijus Jankevicius)
  • Summary:

    In SysML, value property types are restricted to be a ValueType.
    I see the problem with incompatible and inconsistent types in customer models, as Activities have no restrictions and still use UML primitive types as pin and parameter types.

    Did I miss something in the spec, or types used in Activity are not restricted to be ValueTypes?

    Also, did we fix VerdictKind to be a ValueType? I don't remember.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 12 Apr 2013 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 19:41 GMT

Causality of constraints in parametric diagrams

  • Status: open  
  • Source: Kenntnis ( Richard Welling)
  • Summary:

    Having occasion to review all outstanding constraint block issues, I have read more closely the overview and find that the last paragraph on page 97 of the SysML 1.4 specification has significant problems. It also is the only mention in the SysML spec of constraint causality. This proposal is an attempt to clarify that paragraph while addressing concerns about constraint causality, affecting SYSMLR-99, SYSMLR-47, and SYSMLR-38. This is the paragraph as written:

    SysML identifies and names constraint blocks, but does not specify a computer interpretable language for them. The interpretation of a given constraint block (e.g., a mathematical relation between its parameter values) must be provided. An expression may rely on other mathematical description languages both to capture the detailed specification of mathematical or logical relations, and to provide a computational engine for these relations. In addition, the block constraints are non-causal and do not specify the dependent or independent variables. The specific dependent and independent variables are often defined by the initial conditions, and left to the computational engine.

    • The first sentence is not describing constraint blocks but rather a language for constraint expressions.
    • The second sentence again says, “block” when it is clearly referring to expressions, but then, says an “interpretation…must be provided.” By whom? Presumably by the tool provider but that's not clear.
    • The third sentence seems to say “An expression may rely on other mathematical description languages…to provide a computational engine for these relations.” It is clearly not the language that provides the computational engine but the tool implementing the language.
    • The treatment of causality is puzzling. Why was non-causality specified when causality is always at least implicit? In the F = m*a example, F is implicitly the dependent variable while a = F/m would indicate a as dependent. If the intent was to make causality non-mandatory to simplify the modeler’s task, then one could say parameters are assumed to be non-causal unless specified explicitly as such.
    • Michael Chonoles proposal (SYSMLR-47) to interpret parameters bound to derived values as dependent (output) and those bound to read-only values as independent (input) is not only useful but it should be noted that MagicDraw notates derived properties in recursive parametric diagram patterns and these clearly represent dependent variables. This is standard UML notation.

    Replace the above paragraph with the following:

    Constraint expressions may rely on any suitable mathematical description language to capture the detailed specification of mathematical or logical relations between parameters. The syntax and interpretation of the language and its associated computational engine are a tool responsibility. By default, constraints are assumed to be non-causal and do not necessarily specify dependent or independent variables, in which case specific dependent and independent variables may be defined by initial conditions and determined by the computational engine. Alternatively, dependent and independent variables (constraint parameters) may be expressed by designating their bound values as, respectively, derived ("/" prefix) or {read-only}.

    Move this paragraph to be the fourth paragraph on page 97, after paragraph starting with "Parametric diagrams include..." and before the paragraph starting with "Time can be modeled..." This places it in a logical flow that follows discussions of constraint blocks, constraints, and bindings.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:40 GMT
  • Updated: Fri, 15 Mar 2019 15:35 GMT

SysML: Operations on Activities need to be callable (e.g., start, restart, cancel)

  • Key: SYSML17-28
  • Legacy Issue Number: 13154
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    SysM:L: Operations on Activities need to be callable (e.g., start, restart, cancel)

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 11 Dec 2008 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Fri, 15 Mar 2019 15:03 GMT

The AdjunctProperty is not clearly described

  • Status: open  
  • Source: Software Centre of Excellence, Rolls-Royce Div. ( Dave Banham)
  • Summary:

    The benefit of the recently introduced Adjunct Property is not clearly stated in the standard. The current description is somewhat baffling and a recent discussion amongst learned members of the SysML RTF revealed further uncertainty.
    The standard's development needs to be sensitive to the general criticism that SysML is too complex. Thus language features that are described from their purely functional/implementation point of view neither inform the user community what they are for or, as seems to be the case here, make it clear that this part of the language that is a solution to a problem inherited from UML that modelling tools need to implement and end users need not be too concerned with.
    I would also question whether it was correct to change section 11.3.1.1 "Activity" by replacing the BDD representation of activity hierarchy (as per v1.3) with adjunct action properties (introduced in v1.4). Whilst the latter is possible with the AdjunctProperty facility, the prior method, inherited from UML, is still valid. That is, unless the UML activity hierarchy is expressly deprecated from SysML. Even then, it will leave end users with the question of what the additional benefit is of the adjunct property as applied to call behaviour actions.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:53 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:29 GMT

Diagram formality confusion

  • Status: open  
  • Source: Software Centre of Excellence, Rolls-Royce Div. ( Dave Banham)
  • Summary:

    Annex A "Diagrams", whilst /informative/, sets out a confusing definition of the diagram types.

    On the one hand, there are nine SysML diagram types that have "model elements and corresponding concrete syntax", with each diagram kind cross referenced to the specific clause defining a specific part of the SysML modelling language. So for example an activity diagram "represents" (by virtue of the appropriate nodes and paths) the model elements and connectors described in the Activities clause (clause 11).

    On the other hand, there is the weaselly statement "Although the [diagram]taxonomy provides a logical organization for the various major kinds of diagrams, it does not preclude the careful mixing of different kinds of diagram types". A similar remark can be found in UML 2.5 in the form of a note in it's Annex A "Diagrams" section:
    "NOTE. This taxonomy provides a logical organization for the various major kinds of diagrams. However, it does not preclude mixing different kinds of diagram types, as one might do when one combines structural and behavioural elements (e.g., showing a state machine nested inside an internal structure). Consequently, the boundaries between the various kinds of diagram types are not strictly enforced."

    So, despite Annex A being informative, it creates at least two possible interpretations for tools to implement:
    1. A diagram can present representations of any model element and connector, or
    2. Only the specific model elements associated directly with a diagram kind (according to Annex A) can be represented on a diagram with a specific kind.

    Case 1 would allow all manner of diagrammatic mixing of model elements from the different semantic clauses, even when these clauses do not allow for any logical connection. However, it might allow an activity diagram to show a «Block» with an owned activity model. It would also allow a use case diagram to include a «Block» connected with a communications path to a use case node (since neither the use case or block clauses seem to set out a constraint to prevent this in the model).

    Case 2 would only allow the model elements from the directly associated clause along with the model elements that are common to all diagrams. This is a strict implementation, but may have consequences where more flexibility would have been desired. For example a modeller using Blocks, or user stereotyped classes, for stakeholder modelling would find that they cannot use these model elements directly on a use case diagram where only use case and actor model element types can be represented.

    The standard should also consider the practicalities of modelling tool design and usability considerations. Case 1 would imply just one diagram implementation and a large model element library (or tool bar) for the user to work with (in a model creation through the diagram paradigm). Whereas, case 2 requires distinct implementation of the diagram kinds along with their implied constraints of which model elements can be added to them, although it does mean that the model element library (or tool bar) is quite specific to each diagram kind.

    Without standardising what each diagram kind can contain, there will be no possibility of model interchange that includes the diagrams.

    On a final note, the explicit exclusion of the Profile diagram from UML seems strange because defining and working with Stereotypes is a common (albeit advanced) modelling concept in MBSE, but to do it requires specific modelling concepts (and their associated nodes and paths). Hence, the current suggestion that this is done with package diagram would seem to suggest that the aforementioned diagram case 1 was being implied.

    Suggested change (with a strict diagram syntax leaning):
    1. Make Annex A normative and remove the diagram mixing statement: "it does not preclude mixing different kinds of diagram types"
    2. Review each of the modelling clauses 8 through to 16 to check that they completely define the set of model elements and connectors that are useful to make available to modellers on the associated diagram kind. That is make explicit what is otherwise inferred by the lack of a constraint. E.g. that use case model elements can (or cannot) be connected to Blocks (or other forms of stereotyped classes) with a communication path connector.
    3. Add the UML Profile diagram to the list of SysML diagrams.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:56 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:08 GMT

"Allocated From" should be "Allocated"

  • Status: open  
  • Source: Thematix Partners LLC ( Rick Steiner)
  • Summary:

    The term "Allocated From" associated with the From end of an allocation relationship is confusing when it appears in compartment or callout notation. Nerijus mentions numerous user complaints about this. A more intuitive and meaningful term would be simply "Allocated", which when appearing in a compartment label implies that the subject element has the listed elements in the compartment allocated to it.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:49 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:46 GMT
  • Attachments:

Derived attribute should also be read only

  • Status: open  
  • Source: Commissariat a l Energie Atomique-CEA ( Benoit Maggi)
  • Summary:

    In the xmi file representing the profile, that can be found here:
    ptc/2015-07-05 http://www.omg.org/spec/SysML/20150709/SysML.xmi

    The derived attributes should also be set to read-only:
    <ownedAttribute xmi:id="SysML.package_packagedElement_Requirements.stereotype_packagedElement_Requirement_ownedAttribute.master" xmi:uuid="org.omg.sysml.SysML.package_packagedElement_Requirements.stereotype_packagedElement_Requirement_ownedAttribute.master" xmi:type="uml:Property">
    <name>master</name>
    <isDerived>true</isDerived>
    ...
    </ownedAttribute>

    In Papyrus SysML 1.1 version, the derived attributes have been set to read-only.
    It will be the same for SysML 1.4 implementation. See https://git.eclipse.org/r/#/c/71034/2/core/org.eclipse.papyrus.sysml14/resources/profile/SysML.profile.uml

    It would be good to provide for SysML 1.5 either the profile with readonly or specify in the norm what should be implemented for the write access

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:42 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:43 GMT

Missing comment for some attributes

  • Status: open  
  • Source: Commissariat a l Energie Atomique-CEA ( Benoit Maggi)
  • Summary:

    There are some elements that don't have any comment in the SysML.xmi file.
    (The list can be found at the end of the description)

    Our tooling is using these comments to automatically generate documentation

    Small question: Is the xmi file available for contribution? Maybe on a GitHub repository?

    Here is the list
    SysML.package_packagedElement_Activities.stereotype_packagedElement_Probability_ownedAttribute.probability
    SysML.package_packagedElement_Activities.stereotype_packagedElement_Rate_ownedAttribute.rate
    SysML.package_packagedElement_Blocks.stereotype_packagedElement_DirectedRelationshipPropertyPath_ownedAttribute.sourceContext
    SysML.package_packagedElement_Blocks.stereotype_packagedElement_DirectedRelationshipPropertyPath_ownedAttribute.sourcePropertyPath
    SysML.package_packagedElement_Blocks.stereotype_packagedElement_DirectedRelationshipPropertyPath_ownedAttribute.targetContext
    SysML.package_packagedElement_Blocks.stereotype_packagedElement_DirectedRelationshipPropertyPath_ownedAttribute.targetPropertyPath
    SysML.package_packagedElement_Libraries.package_packagedElement_UnitAndQuantityKind.class_packagedElement_QuantityKind_ownedAttribute.definitionURI
    SysML.package_packagedElement_Libraries.package_packagedElement_UnitAndQuantityKind.class_packagedElement_QuantityKind_ownedAttribute.description
    SysML.package_packagedElement_Libraries.package_packagedElement_UnitAndQuantityKind.class_packagedElement_QuantityKind_ownedAttribute.symbol
    SysML.package_packagedElement_Libraries.package_packagedElement_UnitAndQuantityKind.class_packagedElement_Unit_ownedAttribute.definitionURI
    SysML.package_packagedElement_Libraries.package_packagedElement_UnitAndQuantityKind.class_packagedElement_Unit_ownedAttribute.description
    SysML.package_packagedElement_Libraries.package_packagedElement_UnitAndQuantityKind.class_packagedElement_Unit_ownedAttribute.quantityKind
    SysML.package_packagedElement_Libraries.package_packagedElement_UnitAndQuantityKind.class_packagedElement_Unit_ownedAttribute.symbol
    SysML.package_packagedElement_ModelElements.stereotype_packagedElement_ElementGroup_ownedAttribute.criterion
    SysML.package_packagedElement_ModelElements.stereotype_packagedElement_ElementGroup_ownedAttribute.member
    SysML.package_packagedElement_ModelElements.stereotype_packagedElement_ElementGroup_ownedAttribute.name
    SysML.package_packagedElement_ModelElements.stereotype_packagedElement_ElementGroup_ownedAttribute.orderedMemeber
    SysML.package_packagedElement_ModelElements.stereotype_packagedElement_ElementGroup_ownedAttribute.size
    SysML.package_packagedElement_ModelElements.stereotype_packagedElement_Stakeholder_ownedAttribute.concern
    SysML.package_packagedElement_ModelElements.stereotype_packagedElement_Stakeholder_ownedAttribute.concernList
    SysML.package_packagedElement_ModelElements.stereotype_packagedElement_View_ownedAttribute.stakeholder
    SysML.package_packagedElement_ModelElements.stereotype_packagedElement_Viewpoint_ownedAttribute.concern
    SysML.package_packagedElement_ModelElements.stereotype_packagedElement_Viewpoint_ownedAttribute.presentation
    SysML.package_packagedElement_Ports_u0026Flows.stereotype_packagedElement_ChangeStructuralFeatureEvent_ownedAttribute.structuralFeature
    SysML.package_packagedElement_Ports_u0026Flows.stereotype_packagedElement_DirectedFeature_ownedAttribute.featureDirection
    SysML.package_packagedElement_Ports_u0026Flows.stereotype_packagedElement_InvocationOnNestedPortAction_ownedAttribute.onNestedPort
    SysML.package_packagedElement_Ports_u0026Flows.stereotype_packagedElement_TriggerOnNestedPort_ownedAttribute.onNestedPort

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 9 May 2016 15:51 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:37 GMT

SysML XMI typos in UML StandardProfile XMI references

  • Status: open  
  • Source: NIST ( Conrad Bock)
  • Summary:

    http://www.omg.org/spec/SysML/20150709/SysML.xmi, I think when SysML specializes UML's standard profile, uses "_base" instead of "-base" in the reference. Here are a couple examples, might be more:

    1) <redefinedProperty href="http://www.omg.org/spec/UML/20131001/StandardProfile.xmi#Refine_base_Abstraction"/>
    should be :
    <redefinedProperty href="http://www.omg.org/spec/UML/20131001/StandardProfile.xmi#Refine-base_Abstraction"/>

    2) <redefinedProperty href="http://www.omg.org/spec/UML/20131001/StandardProfile.xmi#Trace_base_Abstraction"/>
    should be:
    <redefinedProperty href="http://www.omg.org/spec/UML/20131001/StandardProfile.xmi#Trace-base_Abstraction"/>

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Sun, 21 Feb 2016 15:01 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:37 GMT

No support for dot notation in activity and sequence diagrams

  • Status: open  
  • Source: NASA ( Robert Karban)
  • Summary:

    The SysML notation does not provide a way to display nested properties as life lines on sequence diagrams or swimlanes/partitions on activity diagrams.

    Supporting dot notation would enable the user of sequence diagrams to reference nested properties and facilitate the construction of swimlanes on activity diagrams where the user now has to construct nested swimlanes.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:42 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:36 GMT

Copy, DeriveReqt don't have operations, but Refine, Satisfy, Trace, Verify do.

  • Status: open  
  • Source: Thematix Partners LLC ( Rick Steiner)
  • Summary:

    An inconsistency has been noted among requirement dependencies. «copy» and «deriveReqt» are the only requirement dependencies that do NOT have an operation to 'get' the supplier end («refine», «satisfy», «verify») or the client end («trace») of the dependency. The reason for this inconsistency is not clear.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:30 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:31 GMT

ConnectorProperty notation in wrong section.

  • Status: open  
  • Source: NIST ( Conrad Bock)
  • Summary:

    The diagram extension in the second paragraph of 8.3.2.6 (ConnectorProperty), should be in 8.3.1.2 (Internal Block Diagram).

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:47 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:30 GMT

Parts, references, values compartments in wrong section

  • Status: open  
  • Source: NIST ( Conrad Bock)
  • Summary:

    Parts, references, and values compartments are described in Subclause 8.3.2.3 (Block), but should with the diagram extensions for BDDs (Subclause 8.3.1.1) with the others.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:52 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:29 GMT

Definition of SysML stereotypes: association ends versus attributes

  • Status: open  
  • Source: oose Innovative Informatik eG ( Tim Weilkiens)
  • Summary:

    Some properties of the SysML stereotypes are defined by associations and others by simple properties. It should be consistent and clearly defined how to define the stereotype properties.

    For example, propertyPath of ElementPropertyPath is defined by an association. boundEnd of BoundReference is defined by a simple property.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:19 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:26 GMT

Make ItemFlow a specialization of DirectedRelationshipPropertyPath

  • Status: open  
  • Source: NASA ( Robert Karban)
  • Summary:

    Issue:
    When ItemFlow connects (deeply) nested or inherited properties (e.g. ports or parts) we cannot uniquely identify the sources and targets in its context.

    Description:
    This is similar to other relationships which specialize DirectedRelationshipPropertyPath, e.g. "The Allocate stereotype
    specializes DirectedRelationshipPropertyPath to enable allocations to identify their sources and targets by a multi-level path of accessible properties from context blocks for the sources and targets."

    The DirectedRelationshipPropertyPath stereotype based on UML DirectedRelationship.
    Stereotype <<ItemFlow>> extends UML metaclass UML4SysML::InformationFlow which specializes DirectedRelationship.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:48 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:22 GMT

Resolve inconsistency concerning restricion of ItemFlow type hierarchy

  • Status: open  
  • Source: NASA ( Robert Karban)
  • Summary:

    Issue:
    The descriptions in the specification are inconsistent regarding the constraints of what can actually flow over a connector.
    The ItemFlow is used to constrain what actually flows w/r/t the flow properties which specify what can flow.
    In other sections the specifications suggest that the ItemFlow actually loosening the constraint by allowing more general types to be flowing.

    Description:
    These are the inconsistent parts in the specification:

    9.3.2.11 ItemFlow, p86 states:
    An ItemFlow describes the flow of items across a connector or an association. It may constrain the item exchange between blocks, block usages, or ports as specified by their flow properties.

    9.3.2.11 ItemFlow, p87 states:
    Each classifier of conveyed items on an item flow must be the same as, a specialization of, or a generalization of at least one flow property type on each end of the connected block usages.

    9.4.6 Item Flow Decomposition, p95
    Item flows can also be more general than the actual flow, as shown by the connector on the right. The water distiller produces distilled water, but the item flow is for any kind of fluid. The connection to the water heater is
    compatible because it accepts any kind of water, including distilled. The item flow does not require the heater to accept any kind of fluid, because the source of flow is still producing water, regardless of the generality of the item flow.

    Figure 9.15, p95 - Usage example of item flows in internal block diagrams
    Item Flow is Fluid.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:14 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:19 GMT

specializations of requirement should specialize AbstractRequirement

  • Status: open  
  • Source: NASA ( Robert Karban)
  • Summary:

    They specialize requirement and therefore do not allow to have properties.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 20 Jun 2016 19:51 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 7 Feb 2019 17:00 GMT

ISO-80000 ValueType stereotype applications have wrong unit and quantityKind values

  • Status: open  
  • Source: Airbus Group ( Yves Bernard)
  • Summary:

    The ISO-80000 library has numerous instances of the SysML::ValueType stereotype applied on data types. They are intended to specify the corresponding units and quantity kinds.

    According to SysML, both unit and quantityKind properties of the ValueType stereotype shall be InstanceSpecifications.

    However in http://www.omg.org/spec/SysML/20150709/ISO-80000 all of them refer to the data type the stereotype is applied to rather than to the expected instance specifications. This could result from a bug in the ID generation algorithm used for SysML 1.4

    Example

    <SysML.Blocks:ValueType xmi:id="ISO-80000.package_packagedElement_ISO80000-9_Physical_Chemestry_and_Molecular_Physics.package_packagedElement_Quantities.package_packagedElement_amount_of_substance_concentration.dataType_packagedElement_amount_of_substance_concentration_u0028zettamole_per_cubic_metre_u0029.stereotypeApplication_SysML.package_packagedElement_Blocks.stereotype_packagedElement_ValueType">
        <base_DataType xmi:idref="ISO-80000.package_packagedElement_ISO80000-9_Physical_Chemestry_and_Molecular_Physics.package_packagedElement_Quantities.package_packagedElement_amount_of_substance_concentration.dataType_packagedElement_amount_of_substance_concentration_u0028zettamole_per_cubic_metre_u0029"/>
        <quantityKind xmi:idref="ISO-80000.package_packagedElement_ISO80000-9_Physical_Chemestry_and_Molecular_Physics.package_packagedElement_Quantities.package_packagedElement_amount_of_substance_concentration.dataType_packagedElement_amount_of_substance_concentration_u0028zettamole_per_cubic_metre_u0029"/>
        <unit xmi:idref="ISO-80000.package_packagedElement_ISO80000-9_Physical_Chemestry_and_Molecular_Physics.package_packagedElement_Quantities.package_packagedElement_amount_of_substance_concentration.dataType_packagedElement_amount_of_substance_concentration_u0028zettamole_per_cubic_metre_u0029"/></SysML.Blocks:ValueType>
    
  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Tue, 9 Aug 2016 13:05 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 7 Feb 2019 16:52 GMT

Does the objectiveFunction stereotype generalizes the ConstraintBlock stereotype or UML::property?

  • Legacy Issue Number: 19859
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Anonymous
  • Summary:

    Section E.4 (non-normative) defines the objectiveFunction stereotype to describe objective functions for use in trade studies. However, whereas Table E.5 defines the objectiveFunction stereotype to extend (or rather generalize) ConstraintBlock, this seems to be inconsistent with the parametric diagram on the same page where the objectiveFunction stereotype is (seems to be [*]) applied to the a constraintProperty instead.
    Given the fact that constraintProperty is only 'loosely' defined in the spec (i.e. it is not part of the xmi file), the only viable alternative seems to be that objectivefunction extends uml::Property and adds the necessary constraints in order to warrant the fact that the type of the uml::Property is (stereotyped by) a ConstraintBlock...

    Please clarify the definition of the objectiveFunction stereotype.

    [*] Since there is no formal notation defined for objectiveFunction, one can of course merely guess...

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 7 Feb 2019 16:51 GMT

Table 12.1 has incorrect "int" typed arguments (4x)

  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    1) SysML convention is to use Capitalized types. These use lower case

    2) There is no "int" within SysML. The correct type is "Integer". While it is possible that an "Int" was defined in a model, in this case it is misleading readers to think that SysML uses Int as opposed to Integer.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:46 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 7 Feb 2019 16:39 GMT

[SysML] Semantic variation points

  • Legacy Issue Number: 19489
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Airbus Group ( Yves Bernard)
  • Summary:

    Kind: Clarification

    Description:

    The current specification of SysML allows, in some places, variations on the semantics. For a part of them it is intentional because the standard does not want to enforce a specific one among others possible, for another part it is not and may result from ambiguities in the text which will have to be fixed.

    It would be useful to explicitly and exhaustively identify the list of intentional semantic variation points so that users can easily see the choices they have to make and state them clearly.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 26 Jun 2014 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 7 Feb 2019 16:37 GMT

Need clarification about possible configurations of the new ports introduced in SysML 1.3 and of their semantics

  • Legacy Issue Number: 19328
  • Status: open  
  • Source: NASA ( Nicolas Rouquette)
  • Summary:

    Background:

    SysML 1.3 introduced significant changes to SysML ports
    MBSE methodologies based on SysML 1.2 need to be updated for SysML 1.3 and
    later

    A summary of syntactic and semantic variations for SysML 1.4 ports is an
    important component for tailoring an MBSE methodology as an extension of
    SysML 1.4
    Independent of a particular MBSE methodology, such a summary is an
    important guide for users and tool implementors.
    For users, such a summary would help understand the capabilities and
    limitations of a particular SysML tool implementation
    For tool implementers, such a summary would help understand what
    capabilities need to be implemented to support SysML

    Issue:

    The SysML 1.4 specification lacks a compact summary of the range of
    syntactic variations allowed for SysML 1.4 ports
    and the corresponding semantics for these syntactic variations

    The SysML RTF should provide a catalogue of the syntactic factors that
    induce the syntactic and semantic diversity of SysML ports

    As of SysML 1.4, known factors include, but are not necessarily limited to:

    1) SysML Port Kind

    ­

    {proxy, full, uncommitted}

    2) SysML Port Type

    ­

    {InterfaceBlock, Block, ConstraintBlock}

    3) UML Interaction modality

    ­(UML::Port::isService, UML::Port::isBehavior)

    4) SysML Port Features & nesting

    ­Behavioral features:

    {operation, reception}

    ­Structural features:

    {value, flow, reference, part, constraint, binding, participant, connector, distributed, endPathMultiplicity, boundReference, adjunct, classifierBehavior} {property, port}

    5) Nested SysML Ports (kind, type, modality, features)

    6) Optional feature direction

    {provided, required, provided+required}

    7) SysML Port Connectivity

    ­Internal vs. external connectors
    ­UML Connector kind (assembly, delegation)
    ­SysML Connector kind (binding, non-binding)
    ­SysML Connector type

    {none, UML::Association, SysML::Block + UML::AssociationClass}

    ­SysML Association Block-typed Connector features & nesting
    (same as SysML Port Features & nesting)

    8) SysML ItemFlow

    ­Distinguishing what may flow in general vs. what actually flows in a
    context

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 3 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 7 Feb 2019 16:34 GMT

URI for the SysML Profile given in section E.3 is wrong

  • Legacy Issue Number: 19321
  • Status: open  
  • Source: PTC ( Simon Moore)
  • Summary:

    At the end of section E.4 on page 245:
    "The namespace for the standard profile is: http://schema.omg.org/spec/SysML/20090817/SysML-profile.xmi."

    Should this be referred to as a URI, not the namespace? Perhaps should simply reference the cover page of the spec since the one given here is out of date.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 31 Mar 2014 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 7 Feb 2019 16:29 GMT

Update to Trace Relationship’

  • Legacy Issue Number: 19284
  • Status: open  
  • Source: oose Innovative Informatik eG ( Tim Weilkiens)
  • Summary:

    I potentially found a mistake in the latest SysML specification. It can be found on page 144. The “Trace Dependency” and the “TraceCallout” are introduced on this page. Usually these two visualizations should show the same aspect of a SysML model. Unfortunately the “Trace Dependency” is only introduced between two requirements whilst the “TraceCallout” is shown between a requirement and a more general NamedElement. I think the named element should be allowed in both cases in the client role of the trace dependency. ADDITIONAL TEXT

    The trace stereotype as defined in 16.3.2.7 does not constrain either end of the trace relationship than the having one client and one supplier.

    16.3.2.7 Trace
    Description
    The Trace stereotype specializes UML4SysML Trace and DirectedRelationshipPropertyPath to enable traces to identify their sources and targets by a multi-level path of accessible properties from context blocks for the sources and targets.
    Constraints
    [1] The Trace stereotype may only be applied to dependencies.
    [2] Dependencies with a Trace stereotype or one of its specializations applied must have exactly one client and one supplier.

    From the UML 2.5 Standard Profile, the UML4SysML::Trace extends Abstraction, which subclasses Dependency. Dependencys are directed relationships between Named Elements. Therefore, the SysML::Trace can have any Named Element as its ends.

    The diagram elements Table 16.2 on pg 144 should be clarified.

    Also, in section 16.3.2.7, the trace relationship has specific definitions for Requirements:

    Operations
    [1] The query getTracedFrom() gives all the requirements that are clients (from end of the concrete syntax) of a Trace
    relationship whose supplier is the element in parameter. This is a static query.
    Trace::getTracedFrom(ref : NamedElement) : Set(Requirement )

    {query, static}

    getTracedFrom=Requirement.AllInstances()>select(traceTo>includes(ref))

    The query getTracedFrom() could be more general and query all NamedElements and not only Requirements.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 14 Mar 2014 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 7 Feb 2019 16:26 GMT

Semantics clarification for removing a value from an out Flow Property

  • Legacy Issue Number: 18953
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Airbus Group ( Yves Bernard)
  • Summary:

    The specification should clarify the semantics for removing a value from an “out” Flow Property. Since “removing” something is considered to be a “write”, can we assume that it is propagated to a connected and matching “in” Flow Property, if any?

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 30 Sep 2013 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 7 Feb 2019 16:14 GMT

About Rate, Continuous and Discrete

  • Legacy Issue Number: 18735
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Commissariat a l Energie Atomique-CEA ( Sebastien Gerard)
  • Summary:

    In the figure shown below, Continous and Discrete stereotypes seems to be applied an ActivityParameterNode of an Activity. However, those aforementioned stereotype do not extend ActivityParameterNode but only Parameter and ActivityEdge. Is it an error?

    In the same order, <<continuous>>, <<discrete>> and <<rate>> are also applied on something called “Object Node”? However, <<Rate>> seems not to extend any node.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 23 May 2013 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 31 Jan 2019 14:47 GMT

The SysML classification of properties is incomplete

  • Legacy Issue Number: 18709
  • Status: open  
  • Source: NASA ( Nicolas Rouquette)
  • Summary:

    SysML 1.3 section 8.3.2.2 Block says:

    SysML establishes four basic classifications of properties belonging to a SysML Block or ValueType.
    …
    A property typed by a SysML ValueType is classified as a value property, and always has composite aggregation.

    In SysML, we also have Signals.
    In UML, Signals can have properties.

    How does SysML then classify properties defined in a Signal?

    A very strict reading of the SysML spec would suggest that a Signal cannot have any kind of SysML property because a Signal is neither a SysML Block nor a SysML ValueType.
    However, this is clearly too restrictive in practice.

    I propose expanding SysML's classification of properties to include SysML Blocks, ValueTypes and Signals.
    This leads to another question:

    What are the legal types of a property belonging to a Signal?

    I propose restricting such properties to be typed by SysML ValueTypes only. This corresponds to the practical situation where a Signal carries a data payload – I.e., it is a message with some data content.
    Allowing a property belonging to a Signal to be typed by a SysML Block or Signal leads to semantic problems — what would it mean to send / receive such signals?

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 13 May 2013 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 31 Jan 2019 14:40 GMT

Semantics of multiple Dependencies

  • Key: SYSML17-96
  • Legacy Issue Number: 18623
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Airbus Group ( Yves Bernard)
  • Summary:

    SysML defines or uses some relationship based on the UML Dependency metaclass. It is possible to specify multiple dependencies having with the same client or supplier. The user can rely on this capability for various purposes. The point is that there is no standard semantics for such constructs. This must be clarified.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 8 Apr 2013 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 31 Jan 2019 14:16 GMT

9.3.2.4 direction of ports and their notation (second issue)

  • Key: SYSML17-88
  • Legacy Issue Number: 18441
  • Status: open  
  • Source: No Magic, Inc. ( Nerijus Jankevicius)
  • Summary:

    Constraint [1] - properties that have no FlowProperty applied. does it include ports, association ends, value properties???

    More specifically – can port be stereotyped as directed feature/flow property, what types of properties can be stereotypes with these stereotypes?

    This issue is a portion of issue 17253 (9.3.2.4 DirectedFeature , constraint 4 - what is inherited method???) and is filed to allow it to be addressed separately from the rest of 17253.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 11 Feb 2013 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:39 GMT

9.3.2.4 direction of ports

  • Key: SYSML17-87
  • Legacy Issue Number: 18439
  • Status: open  
  • Source: No Magic, Inc. ( Nerijus Jankevicius)
  • Summary:

    9.3.2.4 What does it mean "the meaning of direction"?? how direction is visible on port?
    This issue is a portion of issue 17253 (9.3.2.4 DirectedFeature , constraint 4 - what is inherited method???) and is filed to allow it to be addressed separately from the rest of 17253.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 11 Feb 2013 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:36 GMT

Interface blocks and protocols

  • Key: SYSML17-79
  • Legacy Issue Number: 18169
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Airbus Group ( Yves Bernard)
  • Summary:

    The practical usage of port implies the ability to specify a protocol, especially when operations or receptions are provided but not only (this can be true with flow properties too).

    The UML::Interface metaclass (at L3) has a specific property to define a protocol. Note that this protocol is not an owned behavior but only a specification of conformance characteristics.

    I believe we should add something similar to our InterfaceBlock stereotype, even if we do not include UML protocol state machines.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:16 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:14 GMT

SysML: References to CreateEvent incorrect

  • Key: SYSML17-76
  • Legacy Issue Number: 17467
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    In UML 2.4.1, the equivalent to createEvent and desturctionEvent are now called messages. This should be followed in SysML. This changes the text in the 1st row of Table 12.1 on page 116, but it may impact other places also.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Sat, 7 Jul 2012 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:48 GMT

9.3.2.9 What is InterfaceBlock?

  • Key: SYSML17-73
  • Legacy Issue Number: 17255
  • Status: open  
  • Source: No Magic, Inc. ( Nerijus Jankevicius)
  • Summary:

    9.3.2.9 What is InterfaceBlock? Where is description? Description is the same as constraint [1] text now.
    InterfaceBlock is kind of Block, so, can it be used everywhere Block is used? e.g. part of the FullPort.

    Constraint [2]. Does it mean Interface block can't have value properties and e.g. constraint properties?
    Constaint [3] - does it mean "proxy ports" ? if so, it could be more clear text to say "InterfaceBlock can own proxy ports only"
    constraint [4] - it must be constraint[4] for FullPort???

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Tue, 20 Mar 2012 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:38 GMT

SysML XMI seems to define its own versions of UML Primitive Types rather than reusing those from UML

  • Key: SYSML17-72
  • Legacy Issue Number: 17210
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Adaptive ( Pete Rivett)
  • Summary:

    SysML XMI seems to define its own versions of UML Primitive Types rather than reusing those from UML. Furthermore they are not even defined as instances of PrimitiveType despite their XMI id.

    For example we have:

    <packagedElement xmi:type="uml:DataType"
    xmi:id="_OMG_SysML_20110919_SysML_Libraries-PrimitiveValueTypes-String"
    name="String"/>

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Sat, 3 Mar 2012 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:36 GMT

Requirements interchange issue

  • Key: SYSML17-29
  • Legacy Issue Number: 13177
  • Status: open  
  • Source: ProSTEP iViP Association ( Steven Vettermann)
  • Summary:

    Information for facilitating the partner integration within the specification and requirements definition process (requirements interchange) are missing (e.g. meta information like version, access rights).

    Remark: There is a specification already addressing this topic, the Requirements Interchange Format (RIF). It is available for download as ProSTEP iViP Recommendation PSI 6 at www.prostep.org. This specification was introduced to the SE DSIG by Rupert Wiebel from HOOD (a paper is available) and presented by Dr. Steven Vettermann from ProSTEP iViP and discussed at the ManTIS meeting on December 11th.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 19 Dec 2008 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:58 GMT

Inconsistency between xmi and pdf for Trace and Refine specializations

  • Status: open   Implementation work Blocked
  • Source: Commissariat a l Energie Atomique-CEA ( Benoit Maggi)
  • Summary:

    While generating code for a custom sub-profile of SysML 1.4, we got some issues (as far as I can tell the same apply for SysML 1.5)
    You can see the discussion here https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=530565

    After some internal discussions (thanks Patrick and Jérémie for your time), here are our conclusions:

    In the normative SysML 1.4 XMI Refines and Trace stereotype are implemented as follows :

    1. Refine
    ­ Specializes SysML::Blocks::DirectedRelationshipPropertyPath.
    ­ Extends UML::Abstraction.

    • This extension is a specialization of Abstraction_Refine extension.
    • This extension is a specialization of DirectedRelationship_DirectedRelationShipPropertyPath extension.
      2. Trace
      ­ Specializes SysML::Blocks::DirectedRelationshipPropertyPath.
      ­ Extends UML::Abstraction.
    • This extension is a specialization of Abstraction_Trace extension.
    • This extension is a specialization of DirectedRelationship_DirectedRelationShipPropertyPath extension.

    [Issue 1] The profile design is not aligned with the content of the normative PDF for [SysML 1.4]. Indeed, in this latter:
    1. Refine specializes StandardProfile::Refine and SysML::Blocks::DirectedRelationshipPropertyPath.
    2. Trace specializes StandardProfile::Trace and SysML::Blocks::DirectedRelationshipPropertyPath.
    However, to the best of our knowledge, there are no indications regarding the specializations of the existing extensions relationships.

    [Issue 2] The profile design is not conformant to [UML 2.5]. Indeed, both Refine and Trace have a base_Abstraction property redefining :
    1. SysML::Blocks::DirectedRelationshipPropertyPath::base_DirectedRelationship and StandardProfile::Refine::base_Abstraction (Refine case).
    2. SysML::Blocks::DirectedRelationshipPropertyPath::base_DirectedRelationship and StandardProfile::Trace::base_Abstraction (Trace case).
    However, according to [UML 2.5] a property cannot be redefined if it is not inherited (see constraint “redefined_property_inherited” in section 9.9.17.7 in [UML 2.5]). Hence, it is not allowed to specify that StandardProfile::Refine::base_Abstraction or StandardProfile::Trace::base_Abstraction are redefined since Refine and Trace do not specialize StandardProfile::Refine and StandardProfile::Trace.

    [Remark] The usage of the “extension specialization” pattern used to define both Refine and Trace within SysML shall be rationalized. To us, the two main points for using that pattern were:
    1. To avoid the usage of multiple inheritance in Refine /Trace definitions.
    2. Enable the owned extension ends (i.e., the one owned by the newly defined extensions relationships) to redefine the owned extension ends for StandardProfile::Trace, StandardProfile::Refine and SysML::Blocks::DirectedRelationshipPropertyPath.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:04 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

Can a SysML Full Port be typed by a ValueType?

  • Legacy Issue Number: 19412
  • Status: open  
  • Source: NASA ( Nicolas Rouquette)
  • Summary:

    Several users at JPL have been asking me about this particular combination.
    I can't find anything in the 1.4 spec precluding typing a full port by a value type.

    Have I missed anything?

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 12 May 2014 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

classifierBehaviorProperty and adjunctProperty notation

  • Legacy Issue Number: 19326
  • Status: open  
  • Source: No Magic, Inc. ( Nerijus Jankevicius)
  • Summary:

    I cannot find new SysML 1.4 ClassifierBehaviorProperty and AdjunctProperty notation details, such as :

    1. what keyword should be used? <<classifierBehaviorProperty>> which is very long, or maybe shorter version <<classifierBehavior>> ? <<adjunctProperty>> ?

    2. In what block compartments should it appear? Under generic “properties” or maybe should have their own new compartments?

    3. Should we show “principal” value on adjunctProperty box? If so, showing only the name is not so useful as showing an element kind too, like <<callBehaviorAction>> or <<parameter>>, so user can understand what it represents.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Wed, 2 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

Abstract syntax for the initial values

  • Legacy Issue Number: 19286
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Airbus Group ( Yves Bernard)
  • Summary:

    The abstract syntax supporting the specification of initial values for properties of SysML block has to be clarified and aligned with the intended semantics.

    In SysML 1.4, §8.3.1.2.8 says: “A compartment with a label of “initialValues” may be used to show values of properties belonging to a containing block.

    These values override any default values that may have been previously specified on these properties on their originally

    defining block”

    While §8.3.2.3 says: “An entire tree of context-specific values can be specified on a containing block to carry values of nested

    properties as shown on an internal block diagram”, then: “If a property belonging to a block has a specification of initial values for any of the properties belonging to its type, then

    the default value of that property must be a UML InstanceValue element. This element must reference a UML

    InstanceSpecification element created to hold the initial values of the individual properties within its usage context. The

    instance specification must be unnamed and owned by the same package that owns the outermost containing block for

    which the initial values are being specified”

    If the specification of an initial value is “context specific”:

    · It cannot be specified using the default value of a property

    · It should be possible to distinct initial value depending on the context, i.e. we need a resolution mechanism to know which initial value has to be used

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 21 Mar 2014 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT
  • Attachments:

Pull semantics for flow properties

  • Legacy Issue Number: 18876
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Airbus Group ( Yves Bernard)
  • Summary:

    Currently in SysML, flow properties have “Push” semantics (cf. sub-clause 9.3.2.7): writing to a flow property with direction out, propagates value to matching flow property at opposite end of the connector. This implies that there is a behavior running on the part from the “out” side.

    “Pull” semantics could be useful as well: the value propagation is the result of a read made on the flow property with direction in to the matching property at the opposite end of the connector.
    This implies that there is a behavior running on the part from the “in” side.

    SysML should introduce a semantic variation point on this topic, and/or some specific notations/abstract syntax

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 19 Aug 2013 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

Question about the Activity decomposition in Block Definition Diagrams

  • Key: SYSML17-69
  • Legacy Issue Number: 16945
  • Status: open  
  • Source: oose Innovative Informatik eG ( Tim Weilkiens)
  • Summary:

    I like the feature of SysML to decompose activities in a block definition diagram based on the callbehavior semantics (Fig. 11.1. SysML spec.).

    For example I use that extensively in the FAS methodology (Functional Architectures for Systems).

    I have a question about the composite relationship between activities. The SysML specification seems to be unclear about that.

    When modeling an activity with a CallbehaviorAction of another activity, does that automatically creates the association between the

    activities in the model? I think it must do that. Unfortunately tools seems to have a different behavior.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Sun, 8 Jan 2012 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

Content of Requirement::/tracedTo

  • Key: SYSML17-65
  • Legacy Issue Number: 16373
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Commissariat a l Energie Atomique-CEA ( Yann Tanguy)
  • Summary:

    In the specification the content of the derived property “Requirement::tracedTo” is defined as follows:

    • /tracedTo: NamedElement [*]

    Derived from all elements that are the supplier of a «trace» relationship for which this requirement is a client.

    As «copy» «deriveReqt» «verify» and «satisfy» inherit from “Trace”, does this means that /tracedTo also list all elements that are the supplier of a «copy» «verify» «satisfy» «deriveReqt» relationship for which this requirement is a client ?

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 18 Jul 2011 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

SysML Issue on Multiplicity of Use Case Communication Associations

  • Key: SYSML17-51
  • Legacy Issue Number: 15875
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    SysMl does not give any example of using multiplicity on the relationships between actors and use cases. This is part of UML as shown in Figure 16.11.

    Apparently, the "official" interpretation of SysML is that if there is no example, it is not part of SysML. This incompatibility means that standardize training, books, etc, on Use Cases can not be applied to SysML. And the notation is of value.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 6 Dec 2010 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

SysML Issue representation of properties as associations

  • Key: SYSML17-50
  • Legacy Issue Number: 15730
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    In UML, there appears to be consistent representing of attributes as regular associations from the owning class. SysML, in similar circumstances, represents value properties as composite associations. We should try to understand what UML is saying (and perhaps push back on them) and consider the value of consistency.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 14 Oct 2010 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

SysML Issue based on UML 15369

  • Key: SYSML17-49
  • Legacy Issue Number: 15728
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    A new keyword was added for attributes in UML,

    {id}

    . This concatenation of all such attributes within a class (block) for an instance must be unique.

    While this will mostly be used by database developers, it’s also a domain model analysis property, e.g, Social Security Number for a US citizen, Mac Address, etc. As such, it may be useful to some SysML modelers.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 14 Oct 2010 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

Figure B.35 object nodes


SysML 1.2 Issues: Optional with streaming

  • Key: SYSML17-47
  • Legacy Issue Number: 15299
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    Sysm 1.2 Optional with «streaming»

    Page 92

    11.3.2.6 Optional

    Does optional on an input mean optional to start the activity or optional for the activity to finish? Consider an «optional» streaming input.

    Does optional on an output mean optional to appear at the end of the activity or optional for it ever to appear? Consider an «optional» streaming output..

    We need to have all the possibilities for streaming; it probably should have two multiplicities for each streaming parameter

    Starting Multiplicity: number of tokens that must appear for the activity to start

    Total Multiplicity: number of tokens that must appear over the lifetime of the activity

    Ending Multiplicity: number of tokens that must appear at the end of the activity

    Total Multiplicity: number of tokens that must appear over the lifetime of the activity

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 21 Jun 2010 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

Continuous flows in non-streaming situations with >1 multiplicities

  • Key: SYSML17-46
  • Legacy Issue Number: 15298
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    SysML 1.2 Issues: Continuous flows in non-streaming situations with >1 multiplicities

    11.3.2.1 Continuous

    It’s a bit unclear how continuous flows work in non streaming situation, especially with high multiplicities.

    If a continuous flow arrives at a pin with a multiplicity of 2, it would appear that the 1st and 2nd value arriving at the pin would be captured. If the flow is also continuously valued, the two values would be same. The difference between two adjacent samples goes to zero if the delta time between samples goes to zero (assuming differentiability).

    Type: Fix

    To make this capability useful, we’ll need to add a sampling rate to be able to use continuous with >1 multiplicity. If we don’t the specification should have a caveat for >1 multiplicity and differentiable input values.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 21 Jun 2010 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

SysML 1.2 Issues: DistributedProperties on Activates

  • Key: SYSML17-45
  • Legacy Issue Number: 15296
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    Page 45 Distributed Properties on Activities

    Original Text

    8.3.2.4 DistributedProperty

    Constraints

    [1] The DistributedProperty stereotype may be applied only to properties of classifiers stereotyped by Block or ValueType.

    Comment

    As I read this, on a BDD, if we have activities, the properties of the activities cannot be distributed properties, because activities are not stereotyped as block

    Type: Fix

    Rewrite this constraint,

    [1] The DistributedProperty stereotype may be applied only to properties of classifiers stereotyped by Block, Activity, or ValueType.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 21 Jun 2010 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

SysML 1.2 Issues: Default stereotype on unlabeled box is not always optimal

  • Key: SYSML17-44
  • Legacy Issue Number: 15295
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    Page 36, 8.3.1.1 Default «block» stereotype on unlabeled box is not always optimal

    Original Text

    Default «block» stereotype on unlabeled box
    If no stereotype keyword appears within a definition box on a block definition diagram (including any stereotype property compartments), then the definition is assumed to be a SysML block, exactly as if the «block» keyword had appeared before the name in the top compartment of the definition.

    Comment

    I question whether this is always desirable, e.g.,

    1) if the diagram had the «functional hierarchy» diagram usage stereotype applied, wouldn’t the default be «activity»,

    2) if the containing block is an activity block, wouldn’t «activity» be the right default

    Type: Clarification/Fix

    Add sentences that say: If the bdd diagram has a «diagram usage» specified (such as «functional hierarchy»), a different default (such as «activity») can be used.

    If the bdd diagram is for an activity block, the default stereotype elements is «activity»

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 21 Jun 2010 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

SysML 1.2 Issue Viewpoint referencing other viewpoints properties

  • Key: SYSML17-43
  • Legacy Issue Number: 15293
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    Page 26

    Original Text

    7.3.2.5 Viewpoint

    Description

    A Viewpoint is a specification of the conventions and rules for constructing and using a view for the purpose of addressing a set of stakeholder concerns. The languages and methods for specifying a view may reference languages and methods in another viewpoint. They specify the elements expected to be represented in the view, and may be formally or informally defined. For example, the security viewpoint may require the security requirements, security functional and physical architecture, and security test cases

    Comment

    How is the highlighted sentence done? There are no examples. I see examples of Viewpoint with a dependency on another Viewpoint, but no references for the individual fields (e.g., language and methods). Are the fields populated in an inheritance manner. Can they be overridden? Does it only work if the fields are blank on the dependant Viewpoint?

    Type: Clarification

    Add example and clarify rules

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 21 Jun 2010 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

Inheriting Allocations

  • Key: SYSML17-41
  • Legacy Issue Number: 15112
  • Status: open  
  • Source: INCOSE ( Sanford Friedenthal)
  • Summary:

    The allocated stereotype includes properties «allocatedTo» and «allocatedFrom». Since these properties are stereotype properties, they are not inherited by the classifiers that they are applied to. A constraint could be applied to either the allocate or allocated stereotype which would impose that it is automatically applied to all subclasses of the classifier. The issue to be resolved is whether a subclass of a classifier with «allocatedTo» and/or «allocatedFrom» properties should inherit those properties

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Tue, 22 Dec 2009 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

Do parametric bindings observe derived and read-only properties

  • Key: SYSML17-39
  • Legacy Issue Number: 15003
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    Do parametric bindings observe derived and read-only constraints on properties?

    .

    In SysML if I bind a read-only property value to a parameter, I would expect that any evaluation of the parametric model would not be able to update the property value. If I wanted to have such a value calculated, I would expect to take off the read-only constraint

    Similarly, if I bind a derived property value to a parameter, I would expect that any evaluation of the parametric model would not use that value as an input, but only as an output.

    However, this is answered (and I hope it is answered positively), the SysML specification should clarify this behavior

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 22 Jan 2010 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

callout notation issues

  • Key: SYSML17-37
  • Legacy Issue Number: 14575
  • Status: open  
  • Source: No Magic, Inc. ( Nerijus Jankevicius)
  • Summary:

    I'm trying to prepare requirements for "callout" notation changes in MagicDraw SysML diagrams and trying to remove tool-specific notation.

    The SysML spec says that each allocatedTo or allocatedFrom property will be expressed as «elementType» ElementName.
    It looks simple at a first glance, but later SysML spec is a total mess:

    "For uniformity, the «elementType» displayed for the /allocatedTo or /allocatedFrom properties should be from the following list, as applicable. Other «elementType» designations may be used, if none of the below apply.

    «activity», «objectFlow», «controlFlow», «objectNode» «block», «itemFlow», «connector», «port», «flowPort», «atomicFlowPort», «interface», «value»

    Note that the supplier or client may be an Element (e.g., Activity, Block), Property (e.g., Action, Part), Connector, or BehavioralFeature (e.g., Operation). For this reason, it is important to use fully qualified names when displaying / allocatedFrom and /allocatedTo properties. An example of a fully qualified name is the form (PackageName::ElementName.PropertyName). "

    So, looking at the predefined list it is clear that:
    For the Activity or other "clean" UML element it is an metaclass name in lowercase.
    for let's say ItemFlow or FlowPort is is an stereotype name in lowercase.
    That's ok.

    But what is <<atomicFlowPort>> ? Port with <<flowPort>> stereotype applied which has isAtomic=true.
    What is <<value>> ? Property which has Type with <<ValueType>> stereotype applied.

    In the example below (Figure 15.4) it has allocation of actions to parts and it uses another one <<elementType>> which is not described - <<part>>.
    What is <<part>> ? The Property with AggregationKind = composite?

    Also, full qualified names and <<elementTypes>> are used incorrectly in this Figure or I don't understand how it should be used.
    For example:
    <<block>> Block4.Part5 - why it is <<block>>, but not <<part>> ???
    <<part>> Part2:Block1 - why part name is before block name? It should be displayed as (PackageName::ElementName.PropertyName) as described above.

    I believe, all these rules and exceptions should be described somewhere

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 22 Oct 2009 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

SysML: Activity Properties should be accessible in Activity diagrams for decision making

  • Key: SYSML17-27
  • Legacy Issue Number: 13153
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    SysML: Activity Properties should be accessible in Activity diagrams for decision making

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Thu, 11 Dec 2008 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

Item Flows on Activity Diagrams

  • Key: SYSML17-16
  • Legacy Issue Number: 12125
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Raytheon ( Rick Steiner)
  • Summary:

    Since ItemFlow is a stereotype of InformationFlow, it can be related to an ActivityEdge and depicted on an Activity Diagram. At least one tool has provided this capability. Clarify the use of ItemFlows on Activity Diagrams in the specification: If this is not desirable, then an additional constraint must be added to ItemFlows to prevent it. Personally, I like the idea of representing ItemFlows on ObjectFlows, but the semantic meaning of this representation is unclear. If this is retained, then it should be discussed in both chapter 9 and chapter 11.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Wed, 2 Jan 2008 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

Inferred Allocation on Allocate Activity Partitions

  • Key: SYSML17-15
  • Legacy Issue Number: 12123
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Raytheon ( Rick Steiner)
  • Summary:

    When an allocation relationship is depicted on an activity diagram using Allocate Activity Partitions, it is unclear if the allocation relationship is from the Action Node to the Part represented by the partition (direct allocation), or from the Activity typing the Action Node to the Block typing the Part (Inferred allocation). Since in practice it has become necessary to represent both conditions, this portion of the SysML specification should be modified to incorporate some graphical indication to distinguish them.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Wed, 2 Jan 2008 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

SysML: Interaction diagram and Data-based comm of SysML

  • Key: SYSML17-13
  • Legacy Issue Number: 11627
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Commissariat a l Energie Atomique-CEA ( Sebastien Gerard)
  • Summary:

    Here is a question on the usage of sequence diagrams with SysML, more specially with blocks that communicate via flow ports.

    Within UML, Message is associated with signature of either a Signal or an Operation (see constraint 2 on Message meta class, p. 492 of the UML2 superstructure spec.).

    In SysML, blocks introduce an alternative for communication between blocks w.r.t. to usual UML2 composite structures: flow ports are basically dedicated to support data-based communication between blocks in contrast of UML2 that does not support such kind of communication between composite structures.

    In this case, a Message within an interaction should be able to refer either a DataType, a Block, a ValueType if the communication happen between two atomic flow ports, or to a FlowSpecification if the communication happen between two non-atomic port.

    I did not see anything related this issue within the SysML spec. Do I miss something or is it something missing in the SysML doc?

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 22 Oct 2007 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

It is not allowed in UML to display stereotypes of related elements

  • Key: SYSML17-11
  • Legacy Issue Number: 11496
  • Status: open  
  • Source: No Magic, Inc. ( Nerijus Jankevicius)
  • Summary:

    Stereotypes, tags and constraints are displayed on elements that can’t have such stereotypes applied. It is not allowed in UML to display stereotypes of related elements (secondary references):
    a) Stereotypes
    i. Block stereotypes are displayed on parts
    ii. Block stereotypes are displayed on object nodes
    iii. Parameter stereotypes are displayed on ActivityParameterNode
    iv. Behavior or operation stereotypes are displayed on CallActions
    b) Tags
    i. Block allocations are displayed on parts
    ii. Units and dimensions shall be possible to show on properties and slots, but these tags are owned in Valuetype
    c) Constraints
    i. Constraints of ConstraintBlock are displayed on constraintProperty (B.30)

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Wed, 19 Sep 2007 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

BindingConnector end s multiplicity

  • Key: SYSML17-9
  • Legacy Issue Number: 11333
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Commissariat a l Energie Atomique-CEA ( Sebastien Gerard)
  • Summary:

    The semantics of the Binding Connector is described as follow :

    “8.3.2.10 Binding Connector

    Description

    A Binding Connector is a connector which specifies that the properties at both ends of the connector have equal values. If the properties at the ends of a binding connector are typed by a DataType or ValueType, the connector specifies that the instances of the properties must hold equal values, recursively through any nested properties within the connected properties. If the properties at the ends of a binding connector are typed by a Block, the connector specifies that the instances of the properties must refer to the same block instance.”

    So, I understand that definition if the multiplicity of the properties linked by the binding connector is 0..1 or 1. But what happen is the upper bound of the multiplicity is greater than 1? If for example, it is 0..* ? And moreover, what happen when the multiplicity of both property is different, as for example on one end 0..1 and on the other end 1 ? In this case, as according to the previous definition, the value of both properties has to be equal, what happen to the value of the proiperty which multiplicity is 1 when the other property is not yet defined?

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Tue, 28 Aug 2007 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

Issue: Nested connector ends

  • Key: SYSML17-8
  • Legacy Issue Number: 11276
  • Status: open  
  • Source: oose Innovative Informatik eG ( Tim Weilkiens)
  • Summary:

    Nested connector ends:

    "Connectors may be drawn that cross the boundaries of nested properties to connect to properties within them."

    That's an important feature of SysML.

    "The ability to connect to nested properties within a containing block requires that multiple levels of decomposition be
    shown on the same diagram."

    I think that's a problem in practice. Often I don't want to see the nested properties in the diagram.
    I propose to add a notational feature to show that a connector end is connected with a nested property without
    showing that property.

    For example we could draw the connector to the border of the surrounding property and attach the stereotype <<nested>>
    as a short form of <<nestedConnectorEnd>> and optionally the propertyPath.

    What do you think?

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Fri, 10 Aug 2007 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

Block namespace compartment: Are external relationships allowed

  • Key: SYSML17-6
  • Legacy Issue Number: 11011
  • Status: open  
  • Source: oose Innovative Informatik eG ( Tim Weilkiens)
  • Summary:

    The block namespace compartment shows a bdd of the elements that are part
    of the namespace of the block.

    Is it allowed to show relationships from a block inside that compartment to
    a external block? The relationship could be in the model, but can I show it
    in the diagram?

    I think it should be allowed. I don't see any problems.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Wed, 16 May 2007 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

SysML: Generalizing Activites

  • Key: SYSML17-3
  • Legacy Issue Number: 10058
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    Section 11 should show an example of generalization/specialization of Activiites when then are being shown in a bdd.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 31 Jul 2006 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

SysML: UML Qualified Associations

  • Key: SYSML17-2
  • Legacy Issue Number: 10048
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    SysML currently discards UML 2.1 qualified associations (see 8.3.1.4) as not being of interest to the SE community.

    I contest this on two grounds –

    1) a. Qualifiers are used expressively and meaningfully to explain domain situations that have nothing to do with data modeling. For example, when I say a baseball roster had 9 members and that there are 9 positions to fill, I am not explicitly saying that there is one person per position. Qualifiers allow me to clarify this piece of the real world and would be very useful on a BDD.

    b. Qualifiers are also used idiomatically with generalization discriminators to tie parallel generalization structures together. They are capable of modeling situations, such as when there are many types of missiles, each with their own launcher type.

    c. Qualifiers are also used to indicate addressing schemes and mechanisms. For example, by placing an operation/activity etc that returns a type in a qualifier, one can specify the mapping or prioritization /ordering algorithm. Specifying such algorithms may be the SE’s job, when it part of an equation report, algorithm development. This could fit into SysML and support allocation to functional (target prioritization scheme, best antenna-signal function) and structural components (packet routers). This is fully in the spirit of what practicing SEs do and would round out the capability of SysML.[Note that this capability could be delayed for a later SysML, the other parts should be addressed sooner]

    2) Qualifiers appear to be part of small part of UML that is incompatible with use with a SysML strict profile mechanism. Imagine a model done in strict SysML, then brought into UML, where a qualifier is added to the relationship, changing the multiplicity at one end. If the model is then brought back into (strict) SysML and the qualifier is then dropped, the multiplicity cannot be automatically restored (or determined from the model). Because of this, qualifiers must be forbidden in UML in such contexts

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 31 Jul 2006 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT

SysML: Protocol State Machines needed

  • Key: SYSML17-1
  • Legacy Issue Number: 10047
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Change Vision ( Michael Chonoles)
  • Summary:

    The current document eliminates Protocol State Machines on the grounds of simplification. See Section 13

    However, this leaves a hole in the capabilities of SysML. Currently, SysML supports UML interfaces (provided and required), which can’t have state machines to define them.

    It is an important part of designing systems interfaces (SE terminology) to define the details of the (UML/SysML) Interfaces. These details include the allowed ordering of messages. As we are not allowed to use behavior state machines and the standard solution, that of, protocol state machines are not included, we can’t properly do interface engineering within SysML

    If some other solution/work-around is proposed (which I don’t recommend) the explanation of how to accomplish this should be in the spec.

  • Reported: SysML 1.4 — Mon, 31 Jul 2006 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:32 GMT