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Formalizing Safety Requirements Using Controlling Automata

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2 Author(s)
Zhe Chen ; Lab. LATTIS, Univ. of Toulouse, Toulouse, France ; Gilles Motet

Safety is an important element of dependability. It is defined as the absence of accidents. Most accidents involving software-intensive systems have been system accidents, which are caused by unsafe inter-system or inter-component interactions. To validate the absence of system hazards concerning dysfunctional interactions, industrials call for approaches of modeling system safety requirements and interaction constraints among components. This paper proposes such a formalism, namely interface control systems (or shortly C-Systems). An interface C-System is composed of an interface automaton and a controlling automaton, which formalizes safe interactions and restricts system behavior at the meta level. This framework differs from the framework of traditional model checking. It explicitly separates the tasks of product engineers and safety engineers, and provides a top-down technique for modeling a system with safety constraints, and for automatically composing a safe system that conforms to safety requirements. The contributions of this work include formalizing safety requirements and a way of automatically ensuring system safety.

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Dependability, 2009. DEPEND '09. Second International Conference on

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18-23 June 2009