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Constructing submodule specifications and network protocols

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2 Author(s)
D. P. Sidhu ; Dept. Comput. Sci., Maryland Univ., Baltimore, MD, USA ; J. Aristizabal

Applications of an automated tool for module specification (ATMS) that finds the specification for a submodule of a system are presented. Given the specification of a system, together with the specification for n-1 submodules, the ATMS constructs the specification for the nth addition submodule such that the interaction among the n submodules is equivalent to the specification of the system. The implementation of the technique is based on an approach proposed by P. Merlin and G.B. Bochmann (1983). The specification of a system and its submodules consists of all possible execution sequences of their individual operations. The ATMS uses finite-state machine concepts to represent the specifications and interactions of the system and its submodules. The specification found by the ATMS for a missing module of a system is the most general one, if one exists. Application of the ATMS in the area of communication protocols is discussed. A manual process to find the specification for a missing module using the Merlin-Bochmann technique is time-consuming and prone to errors. The automated tool presented proves a reliable method for constructing such a module

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IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 11 )