|Special Issue: Configuration DesignGuest EditorsTimothy DarrMark KleinDeborah L. McGuinness|
Special Issue: Configuration Design
DARR a1, MARK
KLEIN a2 and DEBORAH L.
a1 Trilogy Development Group, 6034 West Courtyard
Drive, Austin, TX 78730, U.S.A.
a2 Center for Coordination Science, MIT Sloan
School of Management, One Amherst Street E40-169, Cambridge,
MA 02139, U.S.A.
a3 AT&T Labs—Research, 180 Park
Ave., Florham Park, NJ 07932, U.S.A.
In configuration design parts are selected and
connected to meet customer specifications and engineering
and physical constraints. Specifications include preferences
(e.g., “prefer lower cost to higher performance,
all things being equal”), bounds on various resources
(e.g., “the computer should have four PCI slots”),
and other information to customize a configuration. Constraints
typically arise from exogenous concerns, such as the available
parts, the way parts can interact, and the manufacturing