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Improving design dependability by exploiting an open model-based specification

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2 Author(s)
Tomita, A.W. ; Central Res. Lab., Hitachi Ltd., Tokyo, Japan ; Sakamura, K.

In an open system standards environment, a formal specification can be shared by all of its implementations, which results in the sharing of development cost. This paper presents a specification-based adaptive test case generation (SBATCG) method for generating validation test cases and a specification-based adaptive consistency check generation (SBACCG) method for generating on-line consistency checks for implementations developed from a model-based specification. The SBATCG (SBACCG) method first derives test cases (consistency checks) through rigorous exploration of a model-based specification, adapts the test cases (consistency checks) to the program structure of a particular implementation, and then produces test cases (consistency checks) that are particularly suitable for the implementation. Testing does not guarantee a program's freedom from faults. The results of the fault-injection experiment show that the SBACCG method can complement the SBATCG method

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Computers, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:48 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Jan 1999

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