The Use of Formal Specification of Software: June 25–27, by Helmut K. Berg (auth.), H. K. Berg, W. K. Giloi (eds.)

By Helmut K. Berg (auth.), H. K. Berg, W. K. Giloi (eds.)

The concept that application layout is an engineering job assuaging the software program quandary has been with us for approximately a decade. With the famous merits of obeying to definite software program layout disciplines, we're drawing close the period of enforced process improvement criteria on the way to make sure that finish items will meet rigorous layout requisites. at the one hand, advances in process structure extra the applying of approach improvement criteria to software program and firmware layout and construction. nevertheless, the expansion in complexity of destiny procedure architectures, specifically distri­ buted platforms with their distinct difficulties of cooperation and parallelism, necessitate using rigorous specification and layout thoughts. as well as hampering the layout technique, the shortcoming of engineering recommendations hinders examine. in lots of instances, trial designs which are awarded in summary and casual phrases don't strength the de­ signer to stand the entire challenge spectrum, and hence would possibly not sufficiently offer perception into the layout procedure. to arrange for the coming near near self-discipline and to supply a image view of contemporary advances in software program and firmware engineering, we geared up in June of 1979 a seminar entitled: "The Use of Formal Specification of software program and Firmware". The seminar came about on the Heinrich-Hertz-Institute, Berlin, and attracted over 60 contributors, such a lot of them from the industry.

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They need not define a unique new value for each primitive V-function argument list. However, the specifications for our simple example are deterministic. When the new value of a primitive V-function for some argument is not constrained by the specification, it is assumed that the new value is identical to the old value. For "push" the single effect is: 'stack_val(s, ptr(s)+1> = v; It constrains the new value of the pointer for s to point to the value v pushed onto the stack. It can be derived from the effect that the new value of ptr, 'ptr(s), is incremented by 1.

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However, when the natural specification for a system includes a system of constraints (say, involving inequalities), the specifications in the admis~ible subset of SPECIAL (which does not allow general constraint expressions) suffer as compared with those written in unrestricted SPECIAL. To allow more general constraint expressions in a specification to be simulated, it will be necessary to include some special purpose theorem proving in the simulator. 43 2. 1 Overview of HDM SPECIAL is the specification language of HDM (Hierarchical Development Methodology) [10].

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