A Generalised Theory of Interface Automata, Component Compatibility and Error
|Author(s):||Fendrich, Sascha; Lüttgen, Gerald|
|Publisher Information:||Bamberg : opus|
|Year of publication:||2016|
|Series ; Volume:||Bamberger Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsinformatik und Angewandten Informatik ; 98|
|Licence:||German Act on Copyright|
Interface theories allow systems designers to reason about the composability and compatibility of concurrent system components. Such theories often extend both de Alfaro and Henzinger’s Interface Automata and Larsen’s Modal Transition Systems, which leads, however, to several issues that are undesirable in practice: an unintuitive treatment of specified unwanted behaviour, a binary compatibility concept that does not scale to multi-component assemblies, and compatibility guarantees that are insufficient for software product lines.
In this paper we show that communication mismatches are central to all these problems and, thus, the ability to represent such errors semantically is an important feature of an interface theory. Accordingly, we present the error-aware interface theory EMIA, where the above shortcomings are remedied by introducing explicit fatal error states. In addition, we prove via a Galois insertion that EMIA is a conservative generalisation of the established MIA (Modal Interface Automata) theory.
|SWD Keywords:||Softwareentwicklung ; Softwarekomponentenmodell ; Nebenläufigkeit ; Online-Publikation|
|Keywords:||Interface Automata, Modal Transition Systems, Component-based Design, Concurrency, Error States|
|DDC Classification:||004 Computer science|
|RVK Classification:||ST 280|
|Release Date:||16. March 2016|