By Egon Börger, Robert Stärk
This ebook combines the positive aspects of a textbook and a guide Researchers will locate the following the main finished description of ASMs to be had this present day and pros will use it as a "modeling instruction manual of the operating software program engineer. As a textbook it helps self-study or it may well shape the root of a lecture path.
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116. 26 2 ASM Design and Analysis Method Fig. 2 Models and methods in the development process + Informal Requirements Application Domain Knowledge dynamic functions transition system domains external functions Ground Model SIMULATOR adding definitions adding assumptions Validation TEST CASES manual PROVER mechanized Verification stepwise refinement reflecting design decisions Code using data from application domain Furthermore, the scheme covers the refinement involved in the specification of comparators used in testing code against abstract models, as explained on p.
Ide SIGNATUREs where idi1 , . . , idili are names for functions or rules which are imported from another module mi , and id1 , . . , ide are the names for functions or rules which can be exported from module m. The signature s of a module, which determines its notion of state, contains all the basic functions occurring in the module and all the functions which appear in the parameters of any of the imported modules. We assume that there are no name clashes in these signatures. The body of an ASM module consists of declarations (definitions) of functions and rules decl1 .
In the former case the question is how the agent interacts with its environment, in the latter case whether the multiple agents act in a synchronous or in an asynchronous manner, and furthermore whether they are distributed or not. We also consider the orthogonal classification whether (and how) the programs executed by the agents are structured, giving rise to submachine concepts. This leads us to define in this chapter basic ASMs as single-agent machines which may dispose of potentially unrestricted non-determinism and parallelism (appearing in the form of the “choose” and “forall” rules defined below) and to distinguish a version with flat programs from structured versions (Chap.