You are required to read and agree to the below before accessing a full-text version of an article in the IDE article repository.

The full-text document you are about to access is subject to national and international copyright laws. In most cases (but not necessarily all) the consequence is that personal use is allowed given that the copyright owner is duly acknowledged and respected. All other use (typically) require an explicit permission (often in writing) by the copyright owner.

For the reports in this repository we specifically note that

  • the use of articles under IEEE copyright is governed by the IEEE copyright policy (available at
  • the use of articles under ACM copyright is governed by the ACM copyright policy (available at
  • technical reports and other articles issued by M‰lardalen University is free for personal use. For other use, the explicit consent of the authors is required
  • in other cases, please contact the copyright owner for detailed information

By accepting I agree to acknowledge and respect the rights of the copyright owner of the document I am about to access.

If you are in doubt, feel free to contact

Towards a deep metamodelling based formalization of component models


Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


2nd International Workshop on Model-Driven Engineering for Component-Based Software Systems




Component-based software engineering (CBSE) is based on the fundamental concepts of components and bindings, i.e. units of decomposition and their interconnections. By adopting CBSE, a system is built-up by means of a set of re-usable parts. This entails that system’s functionalities are appropriately identified so that implementing components can be accordingly selected. In turn, this means that each component-based design is at least made-up of two different instantiation levels, i) one for designing the system in terms of components and their interconnections, ii) and one for linking possible implementation alternatives for each of the existing components. In general, this twofold instantiation is managed at the same metamodelling level through the use of relationships. Despite such solutions are expressive enough to model a component-based system, they cannot represent the instantiation relationship between, e.g., a component and its implementations. As a consequence, validity checks have to be hard-coded in a tool, while the interconnection between component and implementation have to be managed by the user. In this paper we propose to exploit deep metamodelling techniques for implementing CBSE mechanisms. We revisit CBSE main concepts through this new vision by showing their counter- parts in a deep metamodelling based environment. Interestingly, multiple instantiation levels enhance the expressive power of CBSE approaches, thus enabling a more precise system design.


author = {Antonio Cicchetti},
title = {Towards a deep metamodelling based formalization of component models},
editor = {Federico Ciccozzi, Patrizio Pelliccione, Etienne Borde},
pages = {12--17},
month = {October},
year = {2015},
booktitle = {2nd International Workshop on Model-Driven Engineering for Component-Based Software Systems},
publisher = {CEUR-WS},
url = {}