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1998 Technical Reports

Specification and Refinement using a Heterogeneous Notation for Real-Time, Concurrency, and Communication

Richard Paige

Technical Report CS-1998-07

York University

October 29, 1998


It is shown how to combine the Z formal specification notation with a predicative notation so as to be able to specify and reason about concurrency and communication. The integration is carried out so as to alleviate some of the limitations noted with previous integration approaches, such as the inability to use Z proof rules and tools with the integrated notation. In the process, it is demonstrated that it is not necessary to combine Z with a very different behavioural formalism in order to reason about concurrency.

A shortened version will appear in Proc. Integrated Formal Methods 1999, Springer-Verlag, June 1999 (York, UK).

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