This paper describes how new language features can be seamlessly added to an extensible specification of Promela to provide new (domain-specific) notations and analyses to the engineer. This is accomplished using ableP, an extensible specification and implementation of Promela, the modeling language used by the spin model checker. Language extensions described here include an enhanced select-statement, a convenient tabular notation for boolean expressions, a notion of discrete time, and extended type checking. ableP and the extensions are developed using the Silver attribute grammar system and the Copper parser and scanner generator. These tools support the modular development and composition of language extensions so that independently developed extensions can be imported into ableP by an engineer with little knowledge of language design and implementation issues.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Model Checking Software - 18th International SPIN Workshop, Proceedings|
|Number of pages||18|
|State||Published - 2011|
|Event||18th International SPIN Workshop on Model Checking of Software, SPIN 2011 - Snowbird, UT, United States|
Duration: Jul 14 2011 → Jul 15 2011
|Name||Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)|
|Other||18th International SPIN Workshop on Model Checking of Software, SPIN 2011|
|Period||7/14/11 → 7/15/11|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
★ This material is based on work partially supported by NSF Awards No. 0905581 and No. 1047961 and DARPA and the United States Air Force (Air Force Research Lab) under Contract No. FA8650-10-C-7076.