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The application of formal methods to the assessment of high integrity software

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2 Author(s)
Robin E. Bloomfield ; Department of Scientific Services, Central Electricity Generating Board, Gravesend, Kent DA 12 2RS, England ; Peter K. D. Froome

A case study is presented in which the Vienna development method (VDM), a formal specification and development methodology, was used during the analysis phase of the assessment of a prototype nuclear reactor protection system. The VDM specification was also translated into the logic language Prolog to animate the specification and to provide a diverse implementation for use in back-to-back testing. It is claimed that this technique provides a visible and effective method of analysis which is superior to the informal alternatives.

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IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering  (Volume:SE-12 ,  Issue: 9 )