Technical Reports

The report FIMU-RS-2007-02

Formalisms and Tools for Design and Specification of Network Protocols

by Jindřich Babica, Vojtěch Řehák, Petr Slovák, Pavel Troubil, Martin Zavadil, May 2007, 33 pages.

FIMU-RS-2007-02. Available as Postscript, PDF.


Message Sequence Charts (MSC) are a useful formalism for formalization of network protocols early in their design phase. In this paper, we introduce the basics of MSC language and describe some of the possibilities for automatic location of "problematic" parts in the design. Focus is then given to different modifications of MSC design (FIFO behavior, bounded channels, etc. ) as well as formal checking of more complex design properties (MSC membership, realizability). Next, an introduction of Specification and Description Language (SDL) is presented. Possibilities of automatic synthesis of system design in MSC to an SDL model and it`s correctness verification are mentioned.

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