SysML FAQ: What are the SysML diagram types?

The SysML specification defines nine (9) diagram types, which are shown in the SysML Diagram Taxonomy figure below, and one tabular notation (Allocation tables). Of the nine diagram types, four diagram types are considered behavioral or dynamic (Activity, Sequence, State Machine, and Use Case), four diagram types are considered structural or static (Block Definition, Internal Block, Parametric, and Package) and the remaining diagram type is reserved for declaring requirements (Requirement).

Usage Note: Allocation tables are used for defining cross-cutting relationships between diagram types, and are useful to checking both semantic well-formedness rules and architectural integrity rules. A common example of a behavior-to-structure Allocation is the mapping of behavioral Activities in Activity diagrams to the structural Blocks in a Block Definition diagram via Activity Partitions (commonly referred to as "swim lanes"). A common example of a structure-to-structure Allocation is the mapping of Interface structures to the Block structures that realize or implement them.

SysML Diagram Taxonomy

SysML Diagram Taxonomy

Reproduced by Permission © 2003-2017 PivotPoint Technology Corp.


OMG SYSML, UML, and UNIFIED MODELING LANGUAGE are trademarks of the Object Management Group. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies.