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Formal Engineering Methods, International Conference on (2000)
York, England
Sept. 4, 2000 to Sept. 7, 2000
ISBN: 0-7695-0822-7
pp: 45
Arun Venkataraman , University of Cincinnati
Murali Rangarajan , University of Cincinnati
Perry Alexander , University of Kansas
As systems become increasingly complex, and existing methodologies become insufficient to handle the complexity, the design community is beginning to look at formal methods for a possible solution. Techniques involving limited use of formal techniques (such as semi-formal methods and equivalence checking) have given a glimpse of what full usage of formal techniques can achieve. For the use of formal methods to be a widely accepted methodology among designers, it must provide the designers with the capabilities of structuring specification in a manner similar to the structuring they are used to using with programming languages. In this paper, we provide a description of the structuring capabilities of VSPEC, a requirement specification language for VHDL. These capabilities include use of multiple pre- and post-condition pairs within a single specification and combination of specifications using common Boolean operators.

P. Alexander, M. Rangarajan and A. Venkataraman, "Composing Specifications in VSPEC," Formal Engineering Methods, International Conference on(ICFEM), York, England, 2000, pp. 45.
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