Foundations of Computer Software. Modeling, Development, and Verification of Adaptive Systems

Volume 6662 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 122-135

Formal Methods @ Runtime

  • Radu CalinescuAffiliated withAston University
  • , Shinji KikuchiAffiliated withFujitsu Laboratories Limited

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Heuristics, simulation, artificial intelligence techniques and combinations thereof have all been employed in the attempt to make computer systems adaptive, context-aware, reconfigurable and self-managing. This paper complements such efforts by exploring the possibility to achieve runtime adaptiveness using mathematically-based techniques from the area of formal methods. It is argued that formal methods @ runtime represents a feasible approach, and promising preliminary results are summarised to support this viewpoint. The survey of existing approaches to employing formal methods at runtime is accompanied by a discussion of their challenges and of the future research required to overcome them.