A Formal Framework for Viewpoint Consistency (full version)

Bowman, Howard and Steen, Maarten and Boiten, Eerke and Derrick, John (1999) A Formal Framework for Viewpoint Consistency (full version). Technical report. , Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ (Full text available)

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Abstract

Multiple Viewpoint models of system development are becoming increasingly important. Each viewpoint offers a different perspective on the target system and system development involves parallel refinement of the multiple views. Viewpoints related approaches have been considered in a number of different guises by a spectrum of researchers. Our work particularly focuses on the use of viewpoints in Open Distributed Processing (ODP) which is an ISO/ITU standardisation framework. The requirements of viewpoints modelling in ODP are very broad and, hence, demanding. Multiple viewpoints, though, prompt the issue of consistency between viewpoints. This paper describes a very general interpretation of consistency which we argue is broad enough to meet the requirements of consistency in ODP. We present a formal framework for this general interpretation; highlight basic properties of the interpretation and locate restricted classes of consistency. Strategies for checking consistency are also investigated. Throughout we illustrate our theory using the formal description technique LOTOS. Thus, the paper also characterises the nature of and options for consistency checking in LOTOS.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical report)
Uncontrolled keywords: Viewpoints, Consistency, Open Distributed Processing, LOTOS, Process Algebra
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
Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Systems Architecture Group
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2009 11:11
Last Modified: 12 May 2014 13:01
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/21731 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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