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Section: New Results

Components and contracts

Participants : Sophie Quinton, Jean-Bernard Stefani.

Multi-viewpoint contracts for the negotiation of embedded software updates

In the context of the CCC project ( ) we address the issue of change after deployment in safety-critical embedded system applications. Our goal is to substitute lab-based verification with in-field formal analysis to determine whether an update may be safely applied. This is challenging because it requires an automated process able to handle multiple viewpoints such as functional correctness, timing, etc. For this purpose, we propose an original methodology for contract-based negotiation of software updates. The use of contracts allows us to cleanly split the verification effort between the lab and the field. In addition, we show how to rely on existing viewpoint-specific methods for update negotiation. We have started validating our approach on a concrete example inspired by the automotive domain in collaboration with our German partners from TU Braunschweig.

Location Graphs

The design of configurable systems can be streamlined and made more systematic by adopting a component-based structure, as demonstrated with the Fractal component modelĀ [2] . However, the formal foundations for configurable component-based systems, featuring higher-order capabilities where components can be dynamically instantiated and passivated, and non-hierarchical structures where components can be contained in different composites at the same time, are still an open topic. We have recently introduced the location graph modelĀ  [88] , where components are understood as graphs of locations hosting higher-order processes, and where component structures can be arbitrary graphs.

We have continued the development of the location graph model and extended it in several directions. First we have introduced basic capabilities and predicate parameters in the model to allow for different forms of architectural invariants, such as different forms of encapsulation, to be maintained even in presence of dynamic graph modifications. Second, we have started developing the premises of a refinement theory for location graphs, showing in particular how one could refine a location process into a whole graph. Finally, we have shown how to handle heterogeneous forms of composition in the same location graph, turning each location into a composition operator. This work has not yet been published.