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Model checking for abstract state machines

: Winter, K.


Journal of universal computer science : JUCS 3 (1997), Nr.5, S.689
ISSN: 0948-695X
ISSN: 0948-6968
Fraunhofer FIRST ()
formal method; abstract state machine; model checking; tool support; requirement specification; verification

In this paper, we discuss the use of a model checker in combination with the specification method of Abstract State Machines (ASMs). A schema is introduced for transforming ASM models into the language of a model checker. We prove that the transformation preserves the semantics of ASMs and provide a theoretical framework for a transformation tool. Experience with model-checking the ASM model of the Production Cell demonstrates that this approach offers effective support for verifying ASM specifications.