Supporting reuse mechanisms for developments in event-b: composition

Silva, Renato and Butler, Michael (2009) Supporting reuse mechanisms for developments in event-b: composition. Southampton, UK, Southampton University, 15pp.


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The development of specifications often is a combination of smaller sub-components. Focusing on reuse, an interesting perspective is to formally define the combination of sub-components through refinement steps, reusing their properties and generating larger systems. The previous situation suggests the application of a reuse mechanism: composition. Event-B is a formal method that allows modelling and refinement of systems. The combination and reuse of existing sub-components is not currently supported in Event-B. We propose the development of composition by extending the Event-B formalism as an option for developing larger models, focusing in distributed systems. A tool is developed to support the shared event composition in the Rodin platform. Properties and proof obligations of sub-components are reused and sufficient proof obligations are generated to ensure valid composed models.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Keywords: formal methods, composition, event-b, specification, design techniques
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Electronics and Computer Science > Dependable Systems and Software Engineering Research Group
ePrint ID: 69662
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2009
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:49
Publisher: Southampton University

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