Awas: AADL Information Flow and Error Propagation Analysis Framework

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Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1269)


The continued maturation of industry standard architecture description languages is providing a foundation for more sophisticated analyses earlier in the system engineering process. The Architecture Analysis and Design Language (AADL) and its supporting annotation sub-languages provide the ability to model system hardware/software components as well as information flows within the system. Such flows include conventional notions of data/control flows, security-oriented information flows, and fault/error propagation paths that are supported by the AADL Error Modeling Annex (EMv2)—all of which are central to engineering safety/security-critical systems.

In this paper, we describe Awas – an open-source framework for performing information reachability analysis on AADL models annotated with flow annotations at varying degrees of details. The framework provides highly scalable interactive visualizations of flows with dynamic querying capabilities. To ease the process, we provide a simple domain-specific language to pose various queries for checking safety and security properties. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach by applying it on a collection of industrial models of safety/security-critical systems from the medical and avionics domains.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kansas State UniversityManhattanUSA

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