A compositional axiomatisation of Statecharts

J.J.M. Hooman, S. Ramesh, W.P. Roever, de

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Statecharts is a behavioural specification language proposed for specifying large real-time, event-driven reactive systems. It is a graphical language based on state-transition diagrams for finite state machines extended with many features like hierarchy, concurrency, broadcast communication and time-out. We supply Statecharts with a compositional axiomatization for both safety and liveness properties. By generating external events symbolically, Statecharts can be executed, thereby turning it into a programming language for real-time concurrency (as well as enabling rapid prototyping). As such it is well suited for compositional program verification. In addition to our compositional axiomatic system, we give a denotational semantics and prove that the axiomatization is sound and relatively complete with respect to this semantics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-335
Number of pages47
JournalTheoretical Computer Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1992


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