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SARA (System ARchitects Apprentice): Modeling, analysis, and simulation support for design of concurrent systems

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4 Author(s)
Estrin, G. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., California Univ., Los Angeles, CA, USA ; Fenchel, Robert S. ; Razouk, R.R. ; Vernon, M.K.

An environment to support designers in the modeling, analysis, and simulation of concurrent systems is described. It is shown how a fully nested structure model supports multilevel design and focuses attention on the interfaces between the modules which serve to encapsulate behavior. Using simple examples, it is shown how a formal graph model can be used to model behavior in three domains: control flow, data flow, and interpretation. The effectiveness of the explicit environment model in SARA is discussed and the capability to analyze correctness and evaluate performance of a system model is demonstrated. A description of the integral help designed into SARA shows how the designer can be offered consistent use of any new tool introduced to support the design process.

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:SE-12 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

Feb. 1986

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