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Title: Support for model checking Z specifications
Author: Siregar, Maria Ulfah
ISNI:       0000 0004 6349 0553
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2016
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One of deficiencies in the Z tools is that there is limited support for model checking Z specifications. To build a model checker directly for a Z specification would take considerable effort and time due to the abstraction of the language. Translating inputs of a Z specification into a language that an existing model checker tool accepts is an alternative method. Researchers at the University of Sheffield implemented a translation tool which took a Z specification and translated it into the input for the Symbolic Analysis Laboratory (SAL) tool, a framework for combining different tools for abstraction, program analysis, theorem proving and model checking, which they called Z2SAL. In this paper, support for model checking Z specifications is discussed, in which the ability of the existing Z2SAL is extended. This support includes a translation for generic constant and schema calculus. Instead of translating these aspects of the Z language into the SAL language as Z2SAL does, a Z specification containing these two notations will be pre-processed,in which a generic constant definition will be redefined to its equivalent axiomatic definition, and schema calculus will be expanded to a new schema definition. This paper discusses the implementation of these types of support, and illustration of some working examples. The discussion also includes other several issues related to a new approach in translating Z functions and constants in SAL language, which originates from the type incompatibility obtained during execution by the SAL tool, an approach to a SAL translation of embedded theorems on Z specifications, and a manual experiment on applying an abstraction on Z specifications. Results have been gathered during our experiments with the implemented support. Several of these results could be translated by Z2SAL and be executed by the SAL tool.
Supervisor: Derrick, John ; North, Siobhan Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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