Strategies for Consistency Checking, the Choice of Unification

Bowman, H. and Boiten, E.A. and Derrick, J. and Steen, M. (1996) Strategies for Consistency Checking, the Choice of Unification. Technical report. UKC, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK (Full text available)

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Abstract

There is increasing interest in models of system development which use multiple viewpoints. Each viewpoint offers a different perspective on the target system and system development involves parallel refinement of the multiple views. Our work particularly focuses on the use of viewpoints in Open Distributed Processing (ODP) which is an ISO/ITU standardisation framework. Multiple viewpoints, though, prompt the issue of consistency between viewpoints. This paper describes an interpretation of consistency which is general enough to meet the requirements of consistency in ODP. Furthermore, the paper investigates strategies for checking this consistency definition. Particular emphasis is placed on mechanisms to obtain global consistency (between an arbitrary number of viewpoints) from a series of binary consistency checks. The consistency checking strategies we develop are illustrated using the formal description technique LOTOS. Keywords: Viewpoints, Consistency, ODP, Formal Description Techniques, LOTOS.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical report)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Theoretical Computing Group
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2009 22:53
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2012 13:57
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/21396 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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