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Special Issue: Configuration DesignGuest EditorsTimothy DarrMark KleinDeborah L. McGuinness
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Special Issue: Configuration Design


TIMOTHY  DARR a1, MARK  KLEIN a2 and DEBORAH L.  McGUINNESS a3
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.

Abstract

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 plant.



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