## Why use evolving algebras for hardware and software engineering? (1995)

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@MISC{Börger95whyuse,

author = {Egon Börger},

title = {Why use evolving algebras for hardware and software engineering? },

year = {1995}

}

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In this paper I answer the question how evolving algebras can be used for the design and analysis of complex hardware and software systems. I present the salient features of this new method and illustrate them through several examples from my work on specification and verification of programming languages, compilers, protocols and architectures. The definition of a mathematical model for Hennessy and Patterson's RISC architecture DLX serves as a running example; this model is used in [24] to prove the correctness of instruction pipelining. I will point out the yet unexplored potential of the evolving algebra method for large-scale industrial applications.

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Citation Context ..., protocols and architectures (see [11] for an annotated bibliography complete up to 1994). The running technical example is an abstract mathematical de nition of the well known RISC architecture DLX =-=[49]-=-. For DLX the notion of sequential evolving algebra su ces� note however that in [41] this notion has been extended to that of distributed evolving algebras which turned out to be natural and powerful... |

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30 |
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29 |
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Citation Context ...tion of a system. This freedom explains the success of the simple and transparent evolving algebra models for the semantics and the implementation ofnumerous complex programming languages like Prolog =-=[7, 8,27, 28]-=-, C [43], VHDL [20, 21], Occam [17, 16], for protocols [22, 55], architectures [14, 13, 24], real{time algorithms[45, 46], etc. which have been developed in a relatively short time by a relatively sm... |

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Citation Context ...of formal methods (see the discussion in the literature about what are the right methods and criteria [33, 68, 69, 47, 78, 31, 32]) for software engineering to become a \mature engineering discipline"=-=[54]-=-. I accept with pleasure the invitation to explain to this audience how the new evolving algebra approach contributes to bridging this gap. I will try to convince you that it o ers a mathematicallywel... |

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Citation Context ...om explains the success of the simple and transparent evolving algebra models for the semantics and the implementation ofnumerous complex programming languages like Prolog [7, 8,27, 28], C [43], VHDL =-=[20, 21]-=-, Occam [17, 16], for protocols [22, 55], architectures [14, 13, 24], real{time algorithms[45, 46], etc. which have been developed in a relatively short time by a relatively small number of persons w... |

20 |
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Citation Context ...lgebra models for the semantics and the implementation ofnumerous complex programming languages like Prolog [7, 8,27, 28], C [43], VHDL [20, 21], Occam [17, 16], for protocols [22, 55], architectures =-=[14, 13, 24]-=-, real{time algorithms[45, 46], etc. which have been developed in a relatively short time by a relatively small number of persons who used only evolving algebras as tool. It is also the feature of ev... |

18 |
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- 1994
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Citation Context ...illustrate the main features of this new approach through examples from evolving algebra speci cations and veri cations of real-life programming languages, compilers, protocols and architectures (see =-=[11]-=- for an annotated bibliography complete up to 1994). The running technical example is an abstract mathematical de nition of the well known RISC architecture DLX [49]. For DLX the notion of sequential ... |

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13 | Modelling and analysis of distributed and reactive systems using Evolving Algebras
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Citation Context ...ght yield a PVM instruction or a message as value. If event(pvmd) is de ned and has the value instr/mssg, then the daemon pvmd is going to execute/read instr/mssg. This is formalized in our PVM model =-=[18, 19]-=- by a rule of form if event(pvmd) =instr/mssg then execute instr/read mssg for each individual PVM instruction instr or PVM message mssg, where execute instr/read mssg represents the corresponding upd... |

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Citation Context ...e extensibility and reusability� see the ease with which the Prolog model in [7, 8, 27] could be modi ed to provide models for various well known extensions of Prolog by parallelism [25], constraints =-=[30, 29]-=-, types [2], functional [23] or object{oriented features (see [9] for a detailed survey). The importance of the freedom of abstraction is also con rmed by a common experience in the design of algorith... |

13 |
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Citation Context ...ods in the literature.1 Freedom of Abstraction It is well known that general abstraction principles are needed to cope with the complexity of large systems. Whereas the algebraic speci cation theory =-=[79]-=- shows a way to deal with abstract data types and the action semantics approach [64] proposes a scheme for constructing complex operations out of basic components, evolving algebras o er the possibili... |

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Citation Context ...like assert, retract, then procdef is a static oracle function. If one wants to model also Prolog's program modi cation features then procdef becomes a dynamic and internally updatable function (see =-=[15, 26]-=-). Through the re nement process by which the Prolog model of [27] islinked in a provably correct way to the WAM implementation model in [28] procdef receives an explicit de nition. unify is supposed ... |

12 | Kermit: Specification and Verification - Huggins - 1995 |

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11 | M.: \A model for mathematical analysis of functional logic programs and their implementations
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Citation Context ... see the ease with which the Prolog model in [7, 8, 27] could be modi ed to provide models for various well known extensions of Prolog by parallelism [25], constraints [30, 29], types [2], functional =-=[23]-=- or object{oriented features (see [9] for a detailed survey). The importance of the freedom of abstraction is also con rmed by a common experience in the design of algorithms. Namely, the need to mode... |

10 | Towards a mathematical specification of the APE100 architecture: The APESE model - Borger, Castillo, et al. - 1994 |

10 | Group membership protocol: Specification and verification - Gurevich, Mani - 1994 |

8 | A Formal Specification of the PVM Architecture - Borger, Glasser - 1994 |

8 | A correctness proof for pipelining in RISC architectures
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Citation Context ...gramming languages, compilers, protocols and architectures. The de nition of a mathematical model for Hennessy and Patterson's RISC architecture DLX serves as a running example� this model is used in =-=[24]-=- to prove the correctness of instruction pipelining. Iwillpoint out the yet unexplored potential of the evolving algebra method for large-scale industrial applications. Ich habe oft bemerkt, dass wir ... |

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A Framework to Specify Database Update Views for Prolog. In
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Citation Context ...like assert, retract, then procdef is a static oracle function. If one wants to model also Prolog's program modi cation features then procdef becomes a dynamic and internally updatable function (see =-=[15, 26]-=-). Through the re nement process by which the Prolog model of [27] islinked in a provably correct way to the WAM implementation model in [28] procdef receives an explicit de nition. unify is supposed ... |

7 |
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