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Resolving race conditions in asynchronous partial order scenarios

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1 Author(s)
Mitchell, B. ; Dept. of Comput., Surrey Univ., Guildford, UK

Scenario-based requirements specifications are the industry norm for defining communication protocols. However, such scenarios often contain race conditions. A race condition occurs when events are specified to occur in a particular order, but in practice, this order cannot be guaranteed. The paper considers UML/MSC scenarios that can be described with standard partial order theoretic asynchronous behavioral semantics. We define these to be partial order scenarios. The paper proves there is a unique minimal generalization of a partial order scenario that is race free. The paper also proves there is a unique minimal race free refinement of the behavioral semantics of a partial order scenario. Unlike the generalization, the refinement cannot be realized in the form of a partial order scenario, although it can always be embedded in one. The paper, also proves the results can be generalized to a subclass of iterative scenarios.

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:31 ,  Issue: 9 )