• V. S. Alagar
  • K. Periyasamy
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A specification of the system under development must include a description of the boundary between the system and its environment. This boundary characterizes the interface of the system. The components in a system interact with each other through their interfaces. It is crucial that each interface specification describes precisely the forms of communication that are permitted at the interface, their causes and effects. Understanding the interface of a component should provide insight into the nature of the system being specified. This is particularly important for systems exhibiting similar behavior, with different interfaces.


Specification Language Time Zone Proof Obligation Interface Specification Deduction Rule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. Computer Science and Software Eng.Concordia UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of Wisconsin-La CrosseLa CrosseUSA

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