Modelling the GSM handover protocol in CommUnity

Oliveira, Cristóvão; Wermelinger, Michel; Fiadeiro, José Luiz and Lopes, Antónia (2005). Modelling the GSM handover protocol in CommUnity. Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science, 141(3) pp. 3–25.



CommUnity is a formal approach to software architecture. It has a precise, yet intuitive mathematical semantics based on category theory. It supports, at the methodological level, a clear separation between computation, coordination, and distribution (including mobility). It provides a simple state-based language for describing component behaviour that is inspired by Unity and Interacting Processes. It also addresses composition as a first class concern and accounts for the emergence of global system properties from interconnections. This paper describes the approach and available tool support by modelling essential aspects of the GSM handover protocol. We also sketch a framework that we are implementing for the distributed execution of such specifications using Klava, a Java library for mobile agent systems based on tuple spaces.

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