Hierarchical development of concurrent systems in a temporal logic framework

  • Howard Barringer
  • Ruurd Kuiper
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 197)


This paper presents a formal specification and hierarchic development method for concurrent systems. The approach is based on a temporal logic to enable the specification of both safety and liveness properties in a single uniform framework. Two main problems are addressed, firstly, the reconciliation of temporal logic and compositionality in a structured specification approach, and secondly, to possess natural and easy to use proof rules for justifying parallel decomposition steps. To solve the first, we use a simple modification to the usual temporal logic model; to solve the second, we advocate the use of past time temporal operators in a new systematic and structured style for writing specifications.


Temporal Logic Parallel Composition Past Time Modus Ponens Concurrent System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard Barringer
    • 1
  • Ruurd Kuiper
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of ManchesterManchesterEngland

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