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Abstract Specification in Object-Z and CSP

By Graeme Smith and John Derrick

Abstract

A number of integrations of the state-based specification language Object-Z and the process algebra CSP have been proposed in recent years. In developing such integrations, a number of semantic decisions have to be made. In particular, what happens when an operation's precondition is not satisfied? Is the operation blocked, i.e., prevented from occurring, or can it occur with an undefined result? Also, are outputs from operations angelic, satisfying the environment's constraints on them, or are the demonic and not influenced by the environment at all? In this paper we discuss the differences between the models, and show that by adopting a blocking model of preconditions together with an angelic model of outputs one can specify systems at higher levels of abstraction

Topics: QA76
Publisher: Springer
Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:kar.kent.ac.uk:13698
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