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ReSpecT Nets: Towards an Analysis Methodology for ReSpecT Specifications

Mirko Viroli, Andrea Omicini
A key feature for infrastructures providing coordination services is the ability to define the behaviour of coordination abstractions according to the requirements identified at design-time. We take as a representative for this scenario the logic-based language ReSpecT (REaction SPECification Tuples) to program the reactive behaviour of tuple centres. ReSpecT specifications are at the core of the engineering methodology underlying the TuCSoN infrastructure, and are therefore the "conceptual place" where formal methods can be fruitfully applied to guarantee relevant system properties.

In this paper we introduce ReSpecT nets, a formalism that can be used to describe reactive behaviours that can succeed and fail, and that allows for an encoding to Petri nets with inhibitor arcs. ReSpecT nets are introduced to give a core model to a fragment of the ReSpecT language, and to pave the way for devising an analysis methodology including formal verification of safety and liveness properties. In particular, we provide a semantics to ReSpecT specifications through a mapping to ReSpecT nets. The potential of this approach for the analysis of ReSpecT specifications is discussed, presenting initial results for the analysis of safety properties.

3rd International Workshop on Foundations of Coordination Languages and Software Architectures (FOCLASA'04), pages 127-150, 30 August 2004.
Antonio Brogi, Jean-Marie Jacquet, Ernesto Pimentel (eds.), CONCUR 2004, London, UK
Proceedings
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	Author = {Viroli, Mirko and Omicini, Andrea},
	Booktitle = {3rd International Workshop on Foundations of Coordination Languages and Software Architectures (FOCLASA'04)},
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	Title = {{\sf ReSpecT} Nets: Towards an Analysis Methodology for {{\sf ReSpecT}} Specifications},
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