HeteroGenius: A Framework for Hybrid Analysis of Heterogeneous Software Specifications

Manuel Giménez
Mariano M. Moscato
Carlos G. Lopez Pombo
Marcelo F. Frias

Nowadays, software artifacts are ubiquitous in our lives being an essential part of home appliances, cars, cell phones, and even in more critical activities like aeronautics and health sciences. In this context software failures may produce enormous losses, either economical or, in the worst case, in human lives. Software analysis is an area in software engineering concerned with the application of diverse techniques in order to prove the absence of errors in software pieces. In many cases different analysis techniques are applied by following specific methodological combinations that ensure better results. These interactions between tools are usually carried out at the user level and it is not supported by the tools. In this work we present HeteroGenius, a framework conceived to develop tools that allow users to perform hybrid analysis of heterogeneous software specifications.

HeteroGenius was designed prioritising the possibility of adding new specification languages and analysis tools and enabling a synergic relation of the techniques under a graphical interface satisfying several well-known usability enhancement criteria. As a case-study we implemented the functionality of Dynamite on top of HeteroGenius.

In Nazareno Aguirre and Leila Ribeiro: Proceedings First Latin American Workshop on Formal Methods (LAFM 2013), Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 26th 2013, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 139, pp. 65–70.
Published: 2nd January 2014.

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