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), used 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.

(keywords) Tuple spaces, ReSpecT, Tuple centres, Petri nets, Formal analysis

Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Foundations of Coordination Languages and Software Architectures (FOCLASA 2004), Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science 180(2), pages 123-144, June 2007.
Antonio Brogi, Jean-Marie Jacquet, Ernesto Pimentel (eds.), Elsevier Science B.V..
3rd International Workshop on Foundations of Coordination Languages and Software Architectures (FOCLASA'04), CONCUR'04, London, UK, 30 August 2004. Post-proceedings

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Mirko Viroli, Andrea Omicini

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Antonio Brogi, Jean-Marie Jacquet, Ernesto Pimentel

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published

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paper in proceedings

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Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Foundations of Coordination Languages and Software Architectures (FOCLASA 2004)

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Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science 180

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June 2007

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123-144

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Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science 180

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June 2007

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10.1016/j.entcs.2006.10.049

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2-s2.0-34250167192

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1571-0661

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