High Integrity Software

High Integrity Software

by Victor L. Winter
     
 

Within 50 years computers could have capabilities rivaling that of the human brain. Effective utilization of such new technologies poses a significant challenge to the computer science community, which finds an ever increasing number of complex applications within its technological grasp. In addition to increased complexity, most, if not all, of these applications

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Within 50 years computers could have capabilities rivaling that of the human brain. Effective utilization of such new technologies poses a significant challenge to the computer science community, which finds an ever increasing number of complex applications within its technological grasp. In addition to increased complexity, most, if not all, of these applications are also accompanied by an inherent increase in the consequences associated with their failure, resulting in the construction of increasingly high consequence complex systems. Systems that fall within this domain are beyond the ability to construct in a brute force manner. There are two major challenges in developing such systems: manage complexity and provide sufficient evidence that the system satisfies dependability constraints.
Society is tacitly relying on the research community to solve these problems on a timetable satisfying the needs of industry. While impressive results have been obtained, the research community is still, to some extent, hamstrung by the lack of realistic case study problems against which to benchmark new techniques and approaches.
The purpose of High Integrity Software is to explore a cross-section of some of the most promising areas of research in the construction of high consequence complex systems, for example, a case study involving the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. Because of its scope and complexity, the BART case study is being recognized by many in the formal methods community as one of the definitive case study problems, and as such provides a valuable insight into the challenges that must be faced in the upcoming years.
High Integrity Software is suitable as a secondary text for a graduate level course, and as a reference for researchers and practitioners in industry.

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Because software is now such an integral part of such important systems as automated airplane controls and global commerce, it has become critical to be able to assess whether software can be trusted not to fail at the wrong time. Winter (Sandia National Laboratory, US) and Bhattacharya (Arizona State U., US) present a collection of 12 articles describing how formal methods can be used in the specification, design, and construction of software systems. Falling into two broad categories, the papers discuss both general considerations of the application of formal methods, and specific considerations of how these methods can be applied to the construction and verification of a software controller for the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (considered high-consequence because of the risk of train collisions). Also included is a paper describing a portion of the BART system. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461355304
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Series:
The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science, #577
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2001
Pages:
325
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.72(d)

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