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Formal Modelling and Analysis of Business Information Applications with Fault Tolerant Middleware

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jeremy Bryans, Professor John Fitzgerald, Emeritus Professor Alexander Romanovsky



Distributed information systems are critical to the functioning of many businesses; designing them to be dependable is a challenging but important task. We report our experience in using formal methods to enhance processes and tools for development of business information software based on service-oriented architectures. In our work, which takes place in an industrial setting, we focus on the configuration of middleware, verifying application-level requirements in the presence of faults. In pilot studies provided by SAP, we used the Event-B formalism and the open RODIN tools platform to prove properties of models of business protocols and expose weaknesses of certain middleware configurations with respect to particular protocols. We then extended the approach to use models automatically generated from diagrammatic design tools, opening the possibility of seamless integration with current development environments. Increased automation in the verification process, through domain-specific models and theories, is a goal for future work.

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Author(s): Bryans J, Fitzgerald J, Romanovsky A, Roth A

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2008

Pages: 10

Print publication date: 01/12/2008

Source Publication Date: December 2008

Report Number: 1131

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne