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Formal specification of software using H-graph semantics

  • Terrence W. Pratt
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 153)

Abstract

The goal of H-graph semantics as a method for software specification is to provide a means of constructing formal models of software systems. The formal models are constructed automatically from the program text and serve as the basis for analysis, verification, and transformation of the program. The resulting formal model is then directly executable with reasonable efficiency on conventional computers. The intent is to develop methods that can be applied automatically and which will “scale up” to large programs. A programming environment that supports this development and analysis activity is currently being constructed.

Keywords

Atomic Function Abstract Syntax Flow Graph Initial Node Derivation Step 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Terrence W. Pratt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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