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PDF-Datei  The Specification of System Components by State Transition Diagrams

Technical Report

Author:Manfred Broy
Number:TUM-I9729
Month:may
Year:1997
Abstract:This technical memo provides a syntactic and semantic basis for state transition diagrams (STDs) as they are used for the description of state transition machines (STMs) with input and output. STMs serve for the specification of system components. We work with STDs with transition rules labelled by input and output patterns and pre- and postconditions. We extend our notation to support specifications that deal with the timing of input and output as well. In particular, we work out the following concepts * the semantic model of STMs with input and output, * the semantic model of STDs in terms of predicate logic, * the description of STMs by STDs, * the definition of stream processing functions by STMs, * a syntax for STDs and their labels. In contrast to approaches like statecharts (see [Harel 87]) we rather start from a semantic notion of a STM and then develop a tuned graphical description technique for it. We show also some methodological aspects such as the use of a partitioning of nodes in STDs as a refinement step that leads to STDs with independent transactions for input and output. We briefly discuss hierarchical STDs, time-outs, interrupts, and pre-emption.
 
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