OASIS Service Component Architecture / Assembly (SCA-Assembly) Technical Committee

The original Call For Participation for this TC may be found at http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/200707/msg00012.html

  1. Name

    OASIS Service Component Architecture / Assembly (SCA-Assembly) Technical Committee

  2. Statement of Purpose

    The purpose of the Service Component Architecture / Assembly Technical Committee is to define the core composition model of Service Component Architecture. Service Component Architecture (SCA) defines a model for the creation of business solutions using a Service-Oriented Architecture, based on the concept of Service Components which offer services and which make references to other services. SCA models business solutions as compositions of groups of service components, wired together in a configuration that satisfies the business goals. SCA applies aspects such as communication methods and policies for infrastructure capabilities such as security and transactions through metadata attached to the compositions.

    This work will be carried out through continued refinement of the Service Component Architecture / Assembly Specification Version 1.0 [1] as published by the Open SOA collaboration in March 2007.

  3. Scope

    The TC will accept as input the March 2007 Version 1.0 of the Service Component Architecture (SCA) Assembly Specification as published by the Open SOA collaboration [1].

    The TC will also accept as input for reference the March 2007 Version 1.0 of the other SCA Specifications which were published at the same time as the SCA Assembly Specification [2].

    Other contributions and changes to the input documents will be accepted for consideration without any prejudice or restrictions and evaluated based on technical merit in so far as they conform to this charter. OASIS members with extensive experience and knowledge in these areas are particularly invited to participate.

    The scope of the TC's work is to continue further refinement and finalization of the Input Documents to produce as output specifications that standardize the concepts, XML documents and XML Schema renderings of the areas described below.

    1. A model for the composition of systems based on a service-oriented architecture, based on the concepts of a) service components and b) composites. This model is independent of implementation languages and technologies and also independent of communication technologies.
    2. Describing the characteristics of a service component in terms of its externally visible features including services offered, service references made and configurable properties. Includes the configuration aspects of the services, references and of the implementation used by the component.
    3. Describing the externally visible characteristics of a component implementation in terms of its componentType.
    4. Describing the design aspects of a component in terms of a constrainingType.
    5. Describing the characteristics of composites including the external aspects of services, references and configurable properties, plus the aspects of internal wiring of the composite, including autowiring.
    6. Use of Composite as implementations. Use of Composites through inclusion.
    7. Definition of the nature of interfaces as used by services and references, including local and remote interfaces, bidirectional and conversational interfaces, oneway operations, plus the message flow patterns involved. Rendering of these concepts in terms of WSDL is in-scope, including necessary additional annotations of WSDL documents to hold SCA concepts.
    8. Declaration and setting of property values, including simple and complex types.
    9. Rendering of the model in terms of XML documents and their associated XML Schemas. Defining the model in terms of XML Infoset to permit other parties to render the model in other serialization forms is also regarded as in-scope.
    10. Describing the extension points of the model, including implementation types, binding types, interface types. The relationship of the model to these types is part of the scope, but the details of individual types will be dealt with elsewhere, except for the handling of the composite implementation type, the SCA ("default") binding type and the WSDL interface type. Specific extensions to WSDL are in-scope for the purposes of making a WSDL document contain information relevant to its usage in an SCA context.
    11. The handling of service interfaces, including the nature of the message exchange patterns and the handling of synchronous, asynchronous and one-way interactions.
    12. Description of SCA Bindings in general terms, plus a definition and description of the SCA Binding.
    13. The SCA Domain and its characteristics and contents, including Domain-level composite.
    14. Packaging and deployment of SCA related artifacts, including the relationship to a runtime and characteristics of the runtime are part of the specification. SCA Artifact resolution, plus the use of existing non-SCA mechanisms. SCA Contributions and their metadata. SCA packaging format. Consideration should be given to the use of the OASIS Solution Deployment Descriptor work [3].
    15. The place in the model for the attachment of Intents and Policies are described in general terms. Specifics of Intents and Policies are handled in another TC.
    16. Portability and interoperability of SCA artifacts and SCA components between different SCA runtimes.
    17. Diagrammatic representation of SCA composites and components.
    18. Support for eventing, pub/sub and queuing systems within the assembly model.

    Upwards Compatibility

    There are no formal requirements for upwards compatibility from the input documents to this TC. This is to ensure that the TC has maximum freedom of action in defining the OASIS standard. However it is recognized that there will be early implementations in the marketplace based upon these input documents and careful consideration must be applied to any change of feature/function that would cause incompatibilities in the OASIS standard at:

    • Source Code level
    • Compiled Object Code
    • XML data definitions

    At minimum, known enhancements to the input documents that will cause compatibility issues with early implementations in the marketplace will be specified in a chapter in the specification offering migration guidance.


    In line with the OASIS TC process, the TC will produce normative conformance information describing the normative characteristics of the specification and specific statements about what an implementation must do to conform to the specification, what aspects are optional (if any).

    Test Suite

    The TC will produce a test suite which can be used to test conformance to the specification which will include:

    • Describe a series of valid and invalid test cases which cover as much as is practical of the conformance statements of the specifications produced by this TC, with a description of each of the artifacts involved, constraints on the environment, the test case characteristics and their expected behavior.
    • The provided artifacts should be independent of implementation language and binding type, and show clear mappings which allow the provision of suitable concrete implementations and concrete binding type, with any required policies. The artifacts may include SCA composites expressed in XML, WSDL interface files, and XSD files, along with other similar files that express the required characteristics of the environment for each test.
    • Example implementations and bindings may form part of the test suite, and are only provided as working samples which can be replaced by other specific implementations and bindings.

    The Test Suite shall be packaged separately from the specifications produced by the TC and will contain a set of materials including but not limited to SCA composite and related SCA files, WSDL files, XSD files.

    The TC shall develop the test suite in collaboration with other TCs within the Open-CSA Member Section.

    The following material should be considered as best practice for the preparation of conformance and test suite materials:

    Out of Scope

    The following is a non-exhaustive list. It is provided only for the sake of clarity. If some function, mechanism or feature is not mentioned here, and it is not mentioned in the Scope of Work section either, then it will be deemed to be out of scope.

    The TC will not define a mapping of the functions and elements described in the specifications to any programming language, to any particular middleware, nor to specific network transports.

    The following items are specifically out of scope of the work of the TC:

    1. Details of specific SCA implementation types other than composites. These are handled through separate TCs.
    2. Details of specific SCA binding types other than the SCA binding. These are handled through separate TCs.
    3. Details of the Policy Framework or specific intents and policies, other than any intents and policies designed for use with composites as implementation types or with the SCA binding type or designed for the general annotation of interfaces with SCA-related features.
    4. Aspects of Workflow, such as capability provided by the WS-BPEL language, other than the use of the BPEL language (or other similar languages) as a technology for implementing service components.
    5. Areas of capability described by the various Web services specifications. SCA uses the Web services specifications, but is not intended to define or modify Web services functions, other than specific extensions required to capture SCA concepts identified in the in-scope section.
    6. Concrete management interfaces or APIs for monitoring and managing domains, contributions, composites, and service components.
  4. Deliverables

    The TC has the following set of deliverables:

    1. A revised Service Component Architecture / Assembly Specification and associated Schema, plus conformance statements. A Committee Specification is scheduled for completion within 12 months of the first TC meeting.
    2. A complete Test Suite specification for the SCA Assembly Specification, including documents and the related materials described in the scope section.

    A Committee Specification is scheduled for completion within 12 months of the first TC meeting.

    Exit Criteria

    The TC shall define concrete exit criteria that include at least two independent offerings that implement and are compliant with the all normative portions of specifications and demonstrate interoperability and portability as appropriate. Note that these are minimums and that the TC is free to set more stringent criteria.


    Once the TC has completed work on a deliverable and it has become and OASIS standard, the TC will enter "maintenance mode" for the deliverable.

    The purpose of maintenance mode is to provide minor revisions to previously adopted deliverables to clarify ambiguities, inconsistencies and obvious errors. Maintenance mode is not intended to enhance a deliverable or extend its functionality.

    The TC will collect issues raised against the deliverables and periodically process those issues. Issues that request or require new or enhanced functionality shall be marked as enhancement requests and set aside. Issues that result in the clarification or correction of the deliverables shall be processed. The TC shall maintain a list of these adopted clarifications and shall periodically create a new minor revision of the deliverables including these updates. Periodically, but at least once a year, the TC shall produce and vote upon a new minor revision of the deliverables.

  5. IPR Mode

    The TC will operate under the RF on Limited Terms mode under the OASIS IPR Policy.

  6. Anticipated audience

    The anticipated audience for this work includes:

    • Vendors offering products designed to support applications using a service-oriented architecture
    • Other specification authors that need the assembly of service components
    • Software architects and programmers, who design, write, integrate and deploy applications using a service-oriented architecture
    • End users implementing solutions that require an interoperable, composable solution using components that offer services and use services provided by others
    • Vendors making products used to integrate applications and services (both hardware and software), such as ESBs.
  7. Language

    The TC shall conduct its proceedings in English.


[1]Service Component Architecture Assembly Specification Version 1.0

[2]Service Component Architecture Version 1.0 Specifications

[3]OASIS Solutions Deployment Descriptor TC