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Formalizing a Specification for Analysis:
The HLA Ownership Properties

Craig A. Damon, Ralph Melton, Robert J. Allen,
Elizabeth Bigelow, James M. Ivers, David Garlan

April 1999

Keywords: Formal specification, model checking, Z specification language, distributed simulation

Interfaces are commonly specified using informal or semi-formal techniques, relying primarily on natural language descriptions. Such specifications, however, can easily overlook significant details and are not amenable to analysis by automated tools. This paper looks at formalizing one portion of a substantial specification, the ownership management chapter of the DoD HLA framework, and at the subsequent analysis using the tool Ladybug.

58 pages

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