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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/16740

Title: Behavioural Model Fusion
Authors: Nejati, Shiva
Advisor: Chechik, Marsha
Department: Computer Science
Keywords: Model Merging
Model Composition
Model Management
Behavioural Models
Refinement
Temporal Logic
Bisimulation/Simulation
State Machine
Issue Date: 19-Jan-2009
Abstract: In large-scale model-based development, developers periodically need to combine collections of interrelated models. These models may capture different features of a system, describe alternative perspectives on a single feature, or express ways in which different features alter one another's structure or behaviour. We refer to the process of combining a set of interrelated models as "model fusion". A number of factors make model fusion complicated. Models may overlap, in that they refer to the same concepts, but these concepts may be presented differently in each model, and the models may contradict one another. Models may describe independent system components, but the components may interact, potentially causing undesirable side effects. Finally, models may cross-cut, modifying one another in ways that violate their syntactic or semantic properties. In this thesis, we study three instances of the fusion problem for "behavioural models", motivated by real-world applications. The first problem is combining "partial" models of a single feature with the goal of creating a more complete description of that feature. The second problem is maintenance of "variant" specifications of individual features. The goal here is to combine the variants while preserving their points of difference (i.e., variabilities). The third problem is analysis of interactions between models describing "different" features. Specifically, given a set of features, the goal is to construct a composition such that undesirable interactions are absent. We provide an automated tool-supported solution to each of these problems and evaluate our solutions. The main novelties of the techniques presented in this thesis are (1) preservation of semantics during the fusion process, and (2) applicability to large and evolving collections of models. These are made possible by explicit modelling of partiality, variability and regularity in behavioural models, and providing semantic-preserving notions for relating these models.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/16740
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