State machine specification with reusability

Goichi Itabashi, Kaoru Takahashi, Yasushi Kato, Takuo Suganuma, Norio Shiratori

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We introduce an inheritance concept into a specification method of a concurrent system in order to reuse and refine existing specifications. Reusability by inheritance is emphasized in this paper. We take multiple inheritance to enable to reuse several specifications at a time. An upper specification can be skillfully reused by dividing inherited parts and non-inherited ones if the specification contains unnecessary parts for a lower specification. As an application, we specify the FIPA contract net interaction protocol (IP) with the function of an agent authentication. This is accomplished by using multiple inheritance. We also specify the FIPA iterated contract net IP by reusing the FIPA contract net IP. We have been developing a validation support tool for specifications described with the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2885-2894
Number of pages10
JournalIEICE Transactions on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Nov


  • Constraint
  • Inheritance
  • Refinement and expansion algorithm
  • State machine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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