Deriving ECA-rules from timed-automata specifications.
Abstract (Summary)Real-time systems are required to answer to external stimuli within a specified timeperiod. For this to be possible, the systems behaviour must be predictable. The use of active databases in real-time systems introduces unpredictability in the system, e.g. due to their use of active rules. The behaviour in active databases is usually specified in ECA-rules. Sets of ECA-rules are hard to analyse, which implies that the behaviour of the ECA-rule set is hard to predict. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the ability to support the development of a predictable ECA-rule set. Using a formal method for the specification task is desirable, since a formal specification is analysable and can be proven correct. In this project, timed-automata are used for specifying the systems behaviour. A method for deriving predictable ECA-rules from a timed-automaton specification is developed, and successfully applied on a case-study specification. For this case-study specification, a set of ECA-rules preserving the analysed behaviour of the timedautomata specification is derived.
School:Högskolan i Skövde
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:02/01/2008