What is Systems Design Rhapsody - Architect for Software?

Systems Design Rhapsody - Architect for Software is a model-driven development environment for embedded software design that helps improve productivity, reuse and consistency with software visualization. It supports industry standards such as UML, SysML, AUTOSAR and UPDM and enables you to visually capture applications to automate manual coding tasks and communicate designs. The visual programming environment integrates design and development functions, and facilitates team collaboration for better and faster results. You can improve development productivity, lower costs through asset reuse and achieve higher levels of consistency in designs.


Visualize for faster results

Visual programming integrates design and development functions, and facilitates team collaboration for better and faster results.

Speed to implementation

Embedded software engineering is designed to provide real-time automation to accelerate the development-to-implementation cycle.

Improve productivity and consistency

Collaboration is the key. Use model-based differencing and merging features, including integration with IBM Engineering Workflow Management.

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IoT, AI and analytics to meet market demands

Learn how the IBM Engineering Systems Design model-based engineering solution and tools offer a sophisticated approach to competitive innovation.

Key features

  • Visual software development that supports industry standards
  • Embedded software engineering
  • Support for AUTOSAR authoring and DDS Modeling
  • Compliance with safety and functional standards
  • Leverages real-time data to optimize product performance

Which option is right for you?

Architect for Systems Engineers

A low-cost system engineering environment that lets you analyze and elaborate requirements, make architecture trade-offs and document designs.

Designer for Systems Engineers

All the capabilities of Architect for Systems Engineers, plus allows you to prototype, simulate and execute designs for early validation.

Architect for Software

A low-cost integrated software engineering environment to graphically architect C++, C or Java applications using UML or AUTOSAR.


An embedded and real-time agile software engineering environment with full application generation for C++, C, Java and Ada (including MISRA-C and MISRA-C++).