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Seamless Formal Verification of Complex Event Processing Applications

Authors:

AnneMarie Ericsson , Paul Pettersson, Mikael Berndtsson , Marco Seiriö

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper

Venue:

Proceedings of the 6th Inaugural International Conference on Distributed Event-Based Systems

Publisher:

ACM

DOI:

http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1266894.1266903


Abstract

Despite proven successful in previous projects, the use of formal methods for enhancing quality of software is still not used in its full potential in industry. We argue that seamless support for formal verification in a high-level specification tool enhances the attractiveness of using a formal approach for increasing software quality.Commercial Complex Event Processing (CEP) engines often have support for modelling, debugging and testing CEP applications. However, the possibility of utilizing formal analysis is not considered.We argue that using a formal approach for verifying a CEP system can be performed without expertise in formal methods. In this paper, a prototype tool REX is presented with support for specifying both CEP systems and correctness properties of the same application in a high-level graphical language. The specified CEP applications are seamlessly transformed into a timed automata representation together with the high-level properties for automatic verification in the model-checker UPPAAL.

Bibtex

@inproceedings{Ericsson1087,
author = {AnneMarie Ericsson and Paul Pettersson and Mikael Berndtsson and Marco Seiri{\"o}},
title = {Seamless Formal Verification of Complex Event Processing Applications},
month = {June},
year = {2007},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 6th Inaugural International Conference on Distributed Event-Based Systems},
publisher = {ACM},
url = {http://www.es.mdh.se/publications/1087-}
}