Goal Contracts Specification Language


As part of the DANSE project we are implementing a Goal Contracts Specification Language (GCSL). GCSL is a high-level language designed to use à la SPEEDS patterns.

The idea is to use a requirement language more understandable than raw logic. GCSL requirements would then be translated into a low-level logic that can be used by Plasma Lab.

Reactive Module Implementation

We made a prototype of the GCSL. As GCSL requirement are dependent on a model language,  we implemented them to be used in conjunction with the Reactive Module language.

There are 9 patterns that we list here. On each of these examples p, p1 … pn denote a property while bold words are keyword. Time interval are denoted by [a – b] where a and b are a number and a time unit. For now we only supports step as a time unit.

GCSL Grammar

GCSL ::= 
| OCL-coll '->' 'forAll' '(' variable '|' pattern ')'
| OCL-coll '->' 'exists' '(' variable '|' pattern ')'
| OCL-prop
| pattern
pattern ::=
| 'whenever' '[' prop ']' 'occurs' '[' prop ']' 'holds' 'during' 'following' interval
| 'whenever' '[' prop ']' 'occurs' '[' prop ']' 'implies' '[' prop ']'
                                                        'during' 'following' interval
| 'whenever' '[' prop ']' 'occurs' '[' prop ']' 'does' 'not' 'occur'
                                                        'during' 'following' interval
| 'whenever' '[' prop ']' 'occurs' '[' prop ']' 'occurs' ' within'  interval
| '[' prop ']' 'during' interval 'raises' '[' prop ']'
| '[' prop ']' 'occurs' interval 'times' 'during' interval 'raises' '[' prop ']'
| '[' prop ']' 'occurs'  'at' 'most' '[' integer ']' 'times' 'during' interval
| '[' prop ']' 'during' interval 'implies'
               '[' prop ']' 'during' interval 'then' '[' prop ']' 'during' interval'
prop ::=
| OCL-prop
| expr ( '<' | '<=' | '=' | '>=' | '>' ) expr
expr ::=
| expr binop expr
| '(' expr ')'
| OCL-expr
| fun '(' expr ')' 
fun ::= 'mean' | 'sum' | 'prod' | 'at'
binop ::= '+' | '-' | '*' | '/'
interval ::= lp time ('-' time)? rp
lp ::=  '['  |  '('
rp ::=  ']'  |  ')'
time ::= int unit | '+oo'
unit ::= 'ms' | 's' | 'min' | 'hour' | 'day' | 'step' | ...

On these patterns we reused the OCL predicates forAll and exists. Given an instance of a module, these predicates will generate a list of all modules of the same “type” and will instantiate the pattern for this list.

Adaptive Reactive Module Implementation

The Adaptive RML is a RML extension to design cyber physical systems whose may reconfigure themselves when the environment settings change. This capability is called as the dynamical adaptivity of the system and it can not be expressed easily using standard modelling language. This extension is supported by the RML simulator in Plasma Lab.

When some changes of settings occured the properties that the system must guarranty may also change to be consistent with the new system configuration. It could be necessary to express some properties that where the properties before after the change are expressed in GCSL. We propose two adaptive patterns for that:

the two patterns are based on the behavioral specifications (expressed in GCSL) before and after the change that is described using the a simple state property over the system to characterize the kind of change considered by the adaptive patterns. The grammar is given as :

GCSL Extension for adaptive properties

| 'if' assumption 'holds' 'and'
               'for' 'all' 'rule' 'that' 'satisfies' trigger
  'then'  promise 'holds'
| 'if' assumption 'holds'
  'then' 'there' 'exists' 'a' 'rule' 'satisfying' trigger
                'and' promise 'holds'
assumption ::= '[' GSCL ']'
trigger ::= '[' prop ']'
promise ::= '[' GSCL ']' | ADAPTIVE

The trigger is a simple state property, the assumption is written in GCSL and the promise can be a GCSL property or defined using an adaptive pattern too.
When promise is used to nest several adative properties, the global property specifies properties over sequences of dynamical adaptive event in the system. A complete example (adaptive model + adaptives properties)
is available with its documentation.

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