Snook, Colin, Poppleton, Michael and Johnson, Ian
Towards a method for rigorous development of generic requirements patterns
Butler, M, Jones, C, Romanovsky, A and Troubitsyna, E (eds.)
Rigorous development of complex fault tolerant systems.
Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science
(Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science).
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We present work in progress on a method for the engineering, validation and verification of generic requirements using domain engineering and formal methods. The need to develop a generic requirement set for subsequent system instantiation is complicated by the addition of the high levels of verification demanded by safety-critical domains such as avionics. Our chosen application domain is the failure detection and management function for engine control systems: here generic requirements drive a software product line of target systems. A pilot formal specification and design exercise is undertaken on a small (twosensor) system element. This exercise has a number of aims: to support the domain analysis, to gain a view of appropriate design abstractions, for a B novice to gain experience in the B method and tools, and to evaluate the usability and utility of that method.We also present a prototype method for the production and verification of a generic requirement set in our UML-based formal notation, UML-B, and tooling developed in support. The formal verification both of the structural generic requirement set, and of a particular application, is achieved via translation to the formal specification language, B, using our U2B and ProB tools.
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