Applying formal methods to standard development: the open distributed processing experience

Sinnott, R.O. and Turner, K.J. (1995) Applying formal methods to standard development: the open distributed processing experience. Computer Standards and Interfaces, 17(5-6), pp. 615-630. (doi:10.1016/0920-5489(95)00025-P)

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Since their introduction, formal methods have been applied in various ways to different standards. This paper gives an account of these applications, focusing on one application in particular: the development of a framework for creating standards for Open Distributed Processing (ODP). Following an introduction to ODP, the paper gives an insight into the current work on formalising the architecture of the Reference Model of ODP (RM-ODP), highlighting the advantages to be gained. The different approaches currently being taken are shown, together with their associated advantages and disadvantages. The paper concludes that there is no one all-purpose approach which can be used in preference to all others, but that a combination of approaches is desirable to best fulfil the potential of formal methods in developing an architectural semantics for ODP

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sinnott, Professor Richard
Authors: Sinnott, R.O., and Turner, K.J.
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
College/School:University Services > IT Services > Computing Service
Journal Name:Computer Standards and Interfaces
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 1995 Elsevier
First Published:First published in Computer Standards & Interfaces 17(5-6):615-630
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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