Formalizing a Specification for Analysis:
Authors:Craig A. Damon, Ralph Melton, Robert J. Allen, Elizabeth Bigelow, James M. Ivers, David Garlan
The HLA Ownership Properties
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Interfaces are commonly specified using informal or semi-formal techniques,
relying primarily on natural language descriptions. Such specifications,
however, can easily overlook significant details and are not amenable to
analysis by automated tools. This paper looks at formalizing one portion of a
substantial specification, the ownership management chapter of the DoD HLA
framework, and at the subsequent analysis using the tool Ladybug.
Formal specification, model checking, Z specification language,
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