Model Checking Interrupt-Dependent Software

Fidge, Colin J. & Cook, Phil (2005) Model Checking Interrupt-Dependent Software. In 12th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference (APSEC 2005), 15-17 December, Taiwan.

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Embedded control programs are hard to analyse because their behaviour depends on how they interact with hardware devices. In particular, embedded code typically uses interrupts to respond to external events in a timely manner. Such asynchronous control constructs make static analysis difficult due to the potentially large number of alternative control-flow paths they allow. We show how model checking can be used to effectively analyse the behaviour of interrupt-dependent programs. This is done by developing an abstraction of the code that captures its essential timing and functional properties, including those related to external interrupts. The model is made efficient by grouping program instructions into basic blocks whose behaviour is atomic with respect to interrupts.

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ID Code: 3760
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Embedded systems, Real, time programs, Model checking
DOI: 10.1109/APSEC.2005.80
ISSN: 1530-1362
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300) > Computer Software not elsewhere classified (080399)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 IEEE
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Deposited On: 23 Mar 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2012 03:55

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