Formal change impact analyses for emulated control software
Author: Fidge, C.
Source: International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer, Volume 8, Numbers 4-5, August 2006 , pp. 321-335(15)
Abstract:Processor emulators are a software tool for allowing legacy computer programs to be executed on a modern processor. In the past emulators have been used in trivial applications such as maintenance of video games. Now, however, processor emulation is being applied to safety-critical control systems, including military avionics. These applications demand utmost guarantees of correctness, but no verification techniques exist for proving that an emulated system preserves the original system’s functional and timing properties. Here we show how this can be done by combining concepts previously used for reasoning about real-time program compilation, coupled with an understanding of the new and old software architectures. In particular, we show how both the old and new systems can be given a common semantics, thus allowing their behaviours to be compared directly.
Document Type: Research Article
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Publication date: August 2006