Questions and Answers About Ten Formal Methods


Hartel, P.H. and Butler, M.J. and Currie, A. and Henderson, P. and Leuschel, M. and Martin, A. and Smith, A. and Ultes-Nitsche, U. and Walters, B. (1999) Questions and Answers About Ten Formal Methods. In: 4th Int. Workshop on Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems, Trento, Italy, ERCIM/CNR II (pp. pp. 179-203).

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Abstract:An abstract model of a distributed data base application has been studied using process based, state based, and queueing theory based methods. The methods supported by graphical notations and/or integrated development environments were found to be easiest to work with. The methods supported by model checkers were the most successful in obtaining relevant information about the application. <BR> Applying a number of different methods to study one particular model encourages a problem to be viewed from different angles. This gives complementary information about the model. We report on a variety of problems of the model found through various routes. Our main conclusion is that asking experts to apply different methods and tools at a sufficiently abstract level is effective.
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