Validation of stepwise refinement with test cases generated from formal specification

Shinya Yamada, Araki Keijiro, Shigeru Kusakabe, Yoichi Omori

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In software development, there is a problem that development cost increases by back track when bugs which are included in the phase of requirement definition are found in the after phases. As an effective method to solve the problem, we have a method with a formal specification language for requirement. A formal specification language can describe the functional requirement exactly with mathematical in and verifies the specification with tools. In formal method, we change the specification in a formal specification to executable program with stepwise refinement. At stepwise refinement step, we find bugs by proof of the specification. Herewith, we can get the program of the high level reliability. But, it is expensive to develop with proof. There is a method to verify specification with test cases generated by manpower. But, there are possibilities of including bugs in specification because of generating by manpower. We propose the method to validate stepwise refinement with lightweight method. We generate test cases from formal specification in VDM-SL before refinement, and test the specification after refinement. With this validation method, it is possible to validate of refinement focused state transition model. We implemented test case generator tool whose test case is executed with VDMUnit and VDMTools. We can confirm the availability of the validation of refinement with test case generator tool we implemented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTENCON 2010 - 2010 IEEE Region 10 Conference
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event2010 IEEE Region 10 Conference, TENCON 2010 - Fukuoka, Japan
Duration: Nov 21 2010Nov 24 2010

Publication series

NameIEEE Region 10 Annual International Conference, Proceedings/TENCON


Other2010 IEEE Region 10 Conference, TENCON 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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