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Compositional Verification of a Medical Device System

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November 2013
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Complex systems are by necessity hierarchically organized; they are decomposed into subsystems for intellectual control as well as the ability to have the subsystems created by several distinct teams. This decomposition affects both requirements and architecture; the architecture describes the structure and this affects how requirements are ``flowed down'' to each subsystem, and discoveries in the design process may affect the requirements. Demonstrating that a complex system satisfies its requirements when the subsystems are composed is a challenging problem.

In this paper, we present a medical device case example where we apply an iterative approach to architecture and verification based on software architectural models. We represent the hierarchical composition of the system in the Architecture Analysis & Design Language (AADL), and use an extension to the AADL language to describe the requirements at different levels of abstraction for compositional verification. The component-level behavior for the model is described in Simulink/Stateflow. We assemble proofs of system level properties by using the Simulink Design Verifier to establish component-level properties and an open-source plug-in for the OSATE AADL environment to perform the compositional verification of the architecture. This combination of verification tools allows us to iteratively explore design, verification, and detailed behavioral models, and to scale formal analysis to large software systems.

ACM SIGAda’s Annual International Conference on High Integrity Language Technology, Pittsburg, PA, November, 2013
@inproceedings{Murugesan13:comp_ver_pca, author = {Anitha Murugesan and Michael W. Whalen and Sanjai Rayadurgam and Mats P.E. Heimdahl, title = {Compositional Verification of a Medical Device System}, booktitle = {ACM International Conference on High Integrity Language Technology (HILT) 2013}, year = {2013}, month = {November}, publisher = {ACM} }