The VAT tool : automatic transformation of VHDL to timed automata
Author(s)Nehme, Carl, 1981-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
I. Kristina Lundqvist.
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Embedded systems have become an integral part of the systems we use today. These types of systems are constrained by both stringent time requirements and limited resource availability. Traditionally, high-integrity embedded systems operated on well understood hardware platforms. The emergence of inexpensive FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) and ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) as operational platforms for embedded software, has resulted in the system developer having to verify both the hardware and the software components. The stringent processes used over the system development lifecycle have to be augmented to account for this paradigm shift. One possible approach is to create a homogenous formal model that accounts for both the hardware and the software components of the system. This thesis focuses on making a contribution to the extraction of formal models from the VHDL specification of the operational platform. The research underlying this thesis was driven by the goals of: a) augmenting the system developer's verification and validation toolbox with a powerful yet easy-to-use tool; b) developing a tool that is modular, extensible, and adaptable to changing customer requirements; c) providing a transparent transformation process, which can be leveraged by both academia and industry. The thesis discusses in detail, the design and development of the VAT tool, that transforms VHDL specifications into finite state machines. It discusses the use of model checking on the extracted formal model and presents a visualization technique that enables manual inspection of the formal model.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2004.Includes bibliographical references (leaves 61-66).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Aeronautics and Astronautics.