Configuration design is a kind of design where a fixed set of predefined components that can be interfaced (connected) in predefined ways is given, and an assembly (i.e. designed artifact) of components selected from this fixed set is sought that satisfies a set of requirements and obeys a set of constraints.

The associated design configuration problem consists of the following three constituent tasks:

  1. Selection of components,
  2. Allocation of components, and
  3. Interfacing of components (design of ways the components interface/connect with each other).

Types of knowledge involved in configuration design include:

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