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Developing mode-rich satellite software by refinement in Event-B

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Alexei Iliasov, Dr Elena Troubitsyna, Professor Alexander RomanovskyORCiD


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One of the guarantees that the designers of on-board satellite systems need to provide, so as to ensure their dependability, is that the mode transition scheme is implemented correctly, i.e. that the states of system components are consistent with the global system mode. There is still, however, a lack of scalable approaches to developing and verifying systems with complex mode transitions. This paper presents an approach to the formal development of mode-rich systems by refinement in Event-B. We formalise the concepts of modes and mode transitions as well as deriving specification and refinement patterns which support correct-by-construction system development. The proposed approach is validated by a formal development of the Attitude and Orbit Control System (AOCS) undertaken within the ICT DEPLOY project. The experience gained in the course of developing such a complex industrial system as AOCS, shows that Event-B refinement provides the engineers with a scalable formal technique. Moreover, the case study has demonstrated that Event-B can facilitate formal development of mode-rich systems and, in particular, proof-based verification of their mode consistency.

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Author(s): Iliasov A, Troubitsyna E, Laibinis L, Romanovsky A, Varpaaniemi K, Ilic D, Latvala T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Science of Computer Programming

Year: 2013

Volume: 78

Issue: 7

Pages: 884-905

Print publication date: 21/05/2012

ISSN (print): 0167-6423

ISSN (electronic): 1872-7964

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.scico.2012.04.010


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