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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Gary B. Lamont, PhD


This research addresses the problem of verifying implementations against specifications through an innovative logic approach. Congruent weak conformance, a formal relationship between agents and specifications, has been developed and proven to be a congruent partial order. This property arises from a set of relations called weak conformations. The largest, called weak conformance, is analogous to Milner's observational equivalence. Weak conformance is not an equivalence, however, but rather an ordering relation among processes. Weak conformance allows behaviors in the implementation that are unreachable in the specification. Furthermore, it exploits output concurrencies and allows interleaving of extraneous output actions in the implementation. Finally, reasonable restrictions in CCS syntax strengthen weak conformance to a congruence, called congruent weak conformance. At present, congruent weak conformance is the best known formal relation for verifying implementations against specifications. This precongruence derives maximal flexibility and embodies all weaknesses in input, output, and no-connect signals while retaining a fully replaceable conformance to the specification. Congruent weak conformance has additional utility in verifying transformations between systems of incompatible semantics. This dissertation describes a hypothetical translator from the informal simulation semantics of VHDL to the bisimulation semantics of CCS. A second translator is described from VHDL to a broadcast-communication version of CCS. By showing that they preserve congruent weak conformance, both translators are verified.

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