The word "configuration" was giving us a problem in our discussion of the Device Versioning Use Case, mainly because the word can mean different things to people and can depend on the context, e.g configuration control of firmware, configuration of an FPGA, configuration of boards in a system, etc. We all seemed to feel we knew what we meant; we could visualise it, but couldn't find an unabiguous way to express it in a few words.
Brad suggested that an illustration might work better than words.
Other single words that may each capture part of our intent include: architecture, arrangement, composition, content, construction, form, organisation, revision and structure. Some possibly less helpful ideas might be: anatomy, constitution, disposition, grouping, makeup. Add to those, things like build standard or design standard.
I'm playing a thesaurus game here, because I don't think a single word will do the job; we may find that using different words as we bore down through the hierarchy will get the idea across more clearly. Something like:
Configuration in this case means the arrangement of boards/modules/FRUs within a system, the composition and build standard of those boards and the revision of any firmware they may contain.
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