Specifying and verifying requirements of real-time systems

Anders P. Ravn, Hans Rischel, Kirsten Mark Hansen

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    An approach to specification of requirements and verification of design for real-time systems is presented. A system is defined by a conventional mathematical model for a dynamic system where application specific states denote functions of real time. Specifications are formulas in duration calculus, a real-time interval logic, where predicates define durations of states. Requirements define safety and functionality constraints on the system or a component. A top-level design is given by a control law: a predicate that defines an automation controlling the transition between phases of operation. Each phase maintains certain relations among the system states; this is analogous to the control functions known from conventional control theory. The top-level design is decomposed into an architecture for a distributed system with specifications for sensor, actuator, and program components. Programs control the distributed computation through synchronous events. Sensors and actuators relate events with system states. Verification is a deduction showing that a design implies requirements
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalI E E E Transactions on Software Engineering
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)41-55
    Publication statusPublished - 1993

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