Polyglot: Modeling and Analysis for Multiple Statechart Formalisms

TitlePolyglot: Modeling and Analysis for Multiple Statechart Formalisms
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBalasubramanian, D., C. S. Pasareanu, M. W. Whalen, G. Karsai, and M. Lowry
Conference NameInternational Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis (ISSTA)
Date Published07/2011
Conference LocationToronto, Canada

In large programs such as NASA Exploration, multiple systems that interact via safety-critical protocols are already designed with different Statechart variants. To verify these safety-critical systems, a unified framework is needed based on a formal semantics that captures the variants of Statecharts. We describe Polyglot, a unified framework for the analysis of models described using multiple Statechart formalisms. In this framework, Statechart models are translated into Java and analyzed using pluggable semantics for different variants operating in a polymorphic execution environment. The framework has been built on the basis of a parametric formal semantics that captures the common core of Statecharts with extensions for different variants, and addresses previous limitations. Polyglot has been integrated with the Java Jathfinder verification tool-set, providing analysis and test-case generation capabilities. We describe the application of this unified framework to the analysis of NASA/JPL's MER Arbiter whose interacting components were modeled using multiple Statechart formalisms.

ISSTA2011.pdf1.53 MB