Block Library Driven Translation Validation for Dataflow Models in Safety Critical Systems

Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-45943-1_8

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9933)
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Dieumegard A., Toom A., Pantel M. (2016) Block Library Driven Translation Validation for Dataflow Models in Safety Critical Systems. In: ter Beek M., Gnesi S., Knapp A. (eds) Critical Systems: Formal Methods and Automated Verification. FMICS 2016, AVoCS 2016. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9933. Springer, Cham


Model driven engineering is widely used in the development of complex and safety critical systems. Systems’ designs are specified and validated in domain specific modeling languages and software code is often produced by autocoding. Thus the correctness of the final systems depend on the correctness of those tools. We propose an approach for the formal verification of code generation from dataflow languages, such as Simulink, based on translation validation. It relies on the BlockLibraryDSL for the formal specification and verification of the structure, semantics and variability of the complex block libraries found in these languages. These specifications are then used here for deriving model and block-specific semantic contracts that will be woven into the generated C code. We present two different approaches for performing the block matching and weaving step. Finally, we rely on the Frama-C toolset and state-of-the-art SMT solvers for verifying the annotated code.


Translation validation Deductive verification Data flow languages Block libraries Why3 toolset Frama-C toolset 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut de Recherche Technologique Antoine de Saint ExupéryToulouse Cedex 4France
  2. 2.Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse, Université de Toulouse, ENSEEIHTToulouse CedexFrance
  3. 3.Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of TechnologyTallinnEstonia
  4. 4.IB Krates OÜTallinnEstonia

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