A Modular Approach for Reusing Formalisms in Verification Tools of Concurrent Systems

  • Étienne André
  • Benoît Barbot
  • Clément Démoulins
  • Lom Messan Hillah
  • Francis Hulin-Hubard
  • Fabrice Kordon
  • Alban Linard
  • Laure Petrucci
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8144)


Over the past two decades, numerous verification tools have been successfully used for verifying complex concurrent systems, modelled using various formalisms. However, it is still hard to coordinate these tools since they rely on such a large number of formalisms. Having a proper syntactical mechanism to interrelate them through variability would increase the capability of effective integrated formal methods. In this paper, we propose a modular approach for defining new formalisms by reusing existing ones and adding new features and/or constraints. Our approach relies on standard XML technologies; their use provides the capability of rapidly and automatically obtaining tools for representing and validating models. It thus enables fast iterations in developing and testing complex formalisms. As a case study, we applied our modular definition approach on families of Petri nets and timed automata.


Formal methods Model Driven Engineering Interoperability Reusability Concurrent Systems Model Checking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Étienne André
    • 1
  • Benoît Barbot
    • 2
  • Clément Démoulins
    • 3
  • Lom Messan Hillah
    • 4
    • 5
  • Francis Hulin-Hubard
    • 2
  • Fabrice Kordon
    • 4
    • 5
  • Alban Linard
    • 2
  • Laure Petrucci
    • 1
  1. 1.Sorbonne Paris Cité, LIPN, CNRS, UMR 7030Université Paris 13VilletaneuseFrance
  2. 2.LSV, CNRS, INRIA & ENS CachanFrance
  3. 3.EPITA Research and Development Laboratory (LRDE)France
  4. 4.LIP6, CNRS UMR 7606Université P. & M. CurieFrance
  5. 5.Université P. OuestFrance

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