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A Framework for Automated and Certified Refinement Steps

The refinement calculus provides a methodology for transforming an abstract specification into a concrete implementation, by following a succession of refinement rules. These rules have been mechanized in theorem-provers, thus providing a formal and rigorous way to prove that a given program refines another one. In a previous work, we have extended this mechanization for object-oriented programs, where the memory is represented as a graph, and we have integrated our approach within the rCOS tool, a model-driven software development tool providing a refinement language. Hence, for any refinement step  the tool automatically generates the corresponding proof obligations and the user can manually discharge them, using a provided library of refinement lemmas. In this work, we propose an approach to automate the search of possible refinement rules from a program to another, using the rewriting tool Maude. Each refinement rule in Maude is associated with the corresponding lemma in Isabelle, thus allowing the tool to automatically generate the Isabelle proof when a refinement rule can be automatically found. The user can add a new refinement rule by providing the corresponding Maude rule and Isabelle lemma.


Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering, 2012

Autori esterni: Griesmayer Andreas (Imperial College London), Liu Zhiming (International Institute for Software Technology - United Nations University), Wang Shuling (Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Autori IIT:

Charles Morisset

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Tipo: Articoli su riviste ISI
Area di disciplina: Computer Science & Engineering

Attività: Sicurezza di dispositivi mobili