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Architectural specification and analysis with XCD: The aegis combat system case study

Ozkaya, M. & Kloukinas, C. (2014). Architectural specification and analysis with XCD: The aegis combat system case study. In: 2014 2nd International Conference on Model-Driven Engineering and Software Development (MODELSWARD). (pp. 368-375). IEEE.


Despite promoting precise modelling and analysis, architecture description languages (ADLs) have not yet gained the expected momentum. Indeed, practitioners prefer using far less formal languages like UML, thus hindering formal verification of models. One of the main issues with ADLs derives from process algebras which practitioners view as having a steep learning curve. In this paper, we introduce a new ADL called XCD which enables designers to model their software architectures through a Design-by-Contract approach, as for example in the Java Modelling Language (JML). We illustrate how XCD can be used in architectural modelling and analysis using the Aegis combat software system.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © 2014 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.
Publisher Keywords: Design-by-Contract, ProMeLa, Architectural Modelling, Formal Analysis
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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