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Deriving Specifications of Dependable Systems: toward a Method

Mazzara, Manuel Deriving Specifications of Dependable Systems: toward a Method. EWDC 2009 .

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This paper proposes a method for deriving formal specifications of systems. To accomplish this task we pass through a non trivial number of steps, concepts and tools where the first one, the most important, is the concept of method itself, since we realized that computer science has a proliferation of languages but very few methods. We also propose the idea of Layered Fault Tolerant Specification (LFTS) to make the method extensible to Dependable Systems. The principle is layering the specification, for the sake of clarity, in (at least) two different levels, the first one for the normal behavior and the others (if more than one) for the abnormal. The abnormal behavior is described in terms of an Error Injector (EI) which represents a model of the erroneous interference coming from the environment. This structure has been inspired by the notion of idealized fault tolerant component but the combination of LFTS and EI using rely guarantee thinking to describe interference can be considered one of the main contributions of this work. The progress toward this method and the way to layer specifications. has been made experimenting on the Transportation and the Automotive Case Studies of the DEPLOY project.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Methodology > Other
ID Code:157
Deposited By:Dr. Manuel Mazzara
Deposited On:01 Oct 2009 16:51
Last Modified:19 Apr 2010 16:05

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