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A refinement strategy for Circus. (English) Zbl 1093.68555
Summary: We present a refinement strategy for Circus, which is the combination of Z, CSP, and the refinement calculus in the setting of Hoare and He’s unifying theories of programming. The strategy unifies the theories of refinement for processes and their constituent actions, and provides a coherent technique for the stepwise refinement of concurrent and distributed programs involving rich data structures. This kind of development is carried out using Circus’s refinement calculus, and we describe some of its laws for the simultaneous refinement of state and control behaviour, including the splitting of a process into parallel subcomponents. We illustrate the strategy and the laws using a case study that shows the complete development of a small distributed program.

68N01 General topics in the theory of software
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