What is an ARC?

The Architecture Review Committees (ARCs) are responsible for the architecture process at Sun. The "Systems Architecture" effort at Sun is a process that establishes the basis for multiple engineering projects to be developed in parallel and then to integrate with each other and the existing system, either at Sun or in the customer's hands.

Sun's Architecture Review Committees (ARCs) review and approve technical aspects of software projects, implementing a process to manage technical change in the architecture of our software systems. These architectural reviews:

  • assure that a technical description of the project exists,
  • assure the developers' plans are technically sound and consistent with current conventions and existing products,
  • collect and archive project specifications, and
  • improve inter-project coordination: decrease the likelihood that projects conflict with (or duplicate) each other.

The goal of the ARC process is to consistently fulfill our customers' expectations of what a Sun product is, across the product line and over generations of products.

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