DoDAF Architecting

SV-3 Systems-Systems Matrix

A System View (SV)-3 “Systems-Systems Matrix” enables a quick overview of all the system resource interactions specified in one or more SV-1 Systems Interface Description models. The SV-3 provides a tabular summary of the system interactions specified in the SV-1 Systems Interface Description model for the Architectural Description. The matrix format supports a rapid assessment of potential commonalities and redundancies (or, if fault-tolerance is desired, the lack of redundancies).

Guide: DoDAF Architecture Framework Version 2.02 – Page 209

The SV-3 can be organized in a number of ways to emphasize the association of groups of system pairs in context with the architecture’s purpose.

The intended usage of the SV-3 includes:

  • Summarizing system resource interactions.
  • Interface management.
  • Comparing interoperability characteristics of solution options.

The SV-1 concentrates on System resources and their interactions, and these are summarized in a SV-3. The SV-3 can be a useful tool for managing the evolution of solutions and infrastructures, the insertion of new technologies and functionality, and the redistribution of systems and activities in context with evolving operational requirements.

DoDAF Viewpoint Matrix
AV 1 2
CV 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
DIV 1 2 3
OV 1 2 3 4 5a 5b 6a 6b 6c
PV 1 2 3
SvcV 1 2 3a 3b 4 5 6 7 8 9 10a 10b 10c
StdV 1 2
SV 1 2 3 4 5a 5b 6 7 8 9 10a 10b 10c


  • The DoDAF descriptions in this website are very generic and are mostly taken from the DoDAF Architecture Framework website. Make sure you visit the actual website for the most update information and a more thorough explanation of each viewpoint.
  • DoDAF Version 1.0, although outdated, has some good examples on how to construct AV’s, OV’s, and SV’s.

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Update: 6/26/2018

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