Formal Methods for Specifying and Analyzing Complex Software Systems

Formal Methods for Specifying and Analyzing Complex Software Systems

Xudong He (Florida International University, USA), Huiqun Yu (East China University of Science and Technology, China) and Yi Deng (Florida International University, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 27
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-941-1.ch013
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Abstract

Software has been a major enabling technology for advancing modern society, and is now an indispensable part of daily life. Because of the increased complexity of these software systems, and their critical societal role, more effective software development and analysis technologies are needed. How to develop and ensure the dependability of these complex software systems is a grand challenge. It is well known that a highly dependable complex software system cannot be developed without a rigorous development process and a precise specification and design documentation. Formal methods are one of the most promising technologies for precisely specifying, modeling, and analyzing complex software systems. Although past research experience and practice in computer science have convincingly shown that it is not possible to formally verify program behavior and properties at the program source code level due to its extreme huge size and complexity, recently advances in applying formal methods during software specification and design, especially at software architecture level, have demonstrated significant benefits of using formal methods. In this chapter, we will review several well-known formal methods for software system specification and analysis. We will present recent advances of using these formal methods for specifying, modeling, and analyzing software architectural design.

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