Verification and Refinement for System Requirements

Kukhwan SONG  Atushi TOGASHI  Norio SHIRATORI  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E78-A   No.11   pp.1468-1478
Publication Date: 1995/11/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Net Theory and Its Applications to Discrete Event System Design)
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Keyword: 
system requirement,  formal specification,  state transition,  Petri Net,  verification,  refinement,  

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Summary: 
Due to the large and complex information processing systems, formal description methods are needed for specification of systems and their efficient and reliable designs. During the early stage of system design, it is often necessary to modify or change system requirements which may influence the whole system design. We have proposed a new flexible description methodology, which copes with the modifications or changes in the system requirements, in order to obtain the formal specification of the system. We have also shown that function requirements can be modeled by a Logical Petri Net (LPN), which is a kind of extended Petri Nets, in order to derive the formal specification. In this paper, we propose a verification method of system requirements that contain some kinds of logical errors. Further, we show a method to decompose and refine a requirement description hierarchically, and discuss how to derive a formal specification from a requirement description flexibly along our refinement method against the changes of the requirement description in the system.