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architecture

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

None

Definition(s):

  A set of related physical and logical representations (i.e., views) of a system or a solution. The architecture conveys information about system/solution elements, interconnections, relationships, and behavior at different levels of abstractions and with different scopes. Refer to security architecture.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-160 [Superseded]

  Fundamental concepts or properties of a system in its environment embodied in its elements, relationships, and in the principles of its design and evolution.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-160 under architecture (system) [Superseded] (ISO/IEC/IEEE 42010)

  A highly structured specification of an acceptable approach within a framework for solving a specific problem. An architecture contains descriptions of all the components of a selected, acceptable solution while allowing certain details of specific components to be variable to satisfy related constraints (e.g., costs, local environment, user acceptability).
Source(s):
FIPS 201 under Architecture [Withdrawn]

  FIPS-approved and/or NIST-recommended. An algorithm or technique that is either 1) specified in a FIPS or NIST Recommendation, or 2) specified elsewhere and adopted by reference in a FIPS or NIST Recommendation.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-27 Rev. A [Withdrawn]