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A software environment for the specification and analysis of problems of coordination and concurrency

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3 Author(s)
Aggarwal, S. ; AT&T Bell Labs., Murray Hill, NJ, USA ; Barbara, D. ; Meth, K.Z.

The SPANNER software environment for the specification and analysis of concurrent process coordination and resource sharing coordination is described. In the SPANNER environment, one can formally produce a specification of a distributed computing problem, and then verify its validity through reachability analysis and simulation. SPANNER is based on a finite-state machine model called the selection/resolution model. The capabilities of SPANNER are illustrated by the analysis of two classical coordination problems: (1) the dining philosophers; and (2) Dijkstra's concurrent programming problem. In addition, some of the more recently implemented capabilities of the SPANNER system are discussed, such as process types and cluster variables

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 3 )