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Title: A temporal logic for the specification and verification of real-time systems
Author: Naik, Yogesh
ISNI:       0000 0001 3439 1124
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1993
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The development of a product typically starts with the specification of the user’s requirements and ends with the design of a system to meet those requirements. Traditional approaches to the specification and analysis of a system abstracted away from any notion of time at the specification level. However, for a real-time system the specification may include timing requirements. Many specification and verification methods for real-time systems are based on the assumption that time is discrete because the verification methods using it are significantly simpler than those using continuous time. Yet real-time systems operate in ‘real’ continuous time and their requirements are often specified using a continuous time model. In this thesis we develop a temporal logic and proof methods for the specifica­tion and verification of a real-time system which can be applied irrespective of whether time is discrete, continuous or dense. The logic is based on the defini­tion of the next operator as the next time point a change in state occurs or if no state change occurs then it is the time point obtained by incrementing the current time by one. We show that this definition of the next operator leads to a logic which is expressive enough for specifying real-time systems where continuous time is required, and in which the verification and proof methods developed for discrete time can be used. To demonstrate the applicability of the logic several varied examples including communication protocols and digital circuits are specified and their real-time properties proved. A compositional proof system which supports hierarchical development of programs is also developed for a real-time extension of a CSP-like language.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QA76 Electronic computers. Computer science. Computer software