How to select the suitable formal method for an industrial application: A survey

Authors Felix Kossak
Atif Mashkoor
Editors Michael Butler
Klaus-Dieter Schewe
Atif Mashkoor
Miklós Biró
Title How to select the suitable formal method for an industrial application: A survey
Booktitle Abstract State Machines, Alloy, B, TLA, VDM, and Z - Proc. ABZ 2016
Type in proceedings
Publisher Springer
Series Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume 9676
ISBN 978-3-319-33599-5
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-33600-8_13
Month May
Year 2016
Pages 213-228
SCCH ID# 1604
Abstract

Despite extensive evangelizing and demonstration of several success stories, formal methods are still not widely practiced in day to day software and system engineering. One of the main reasons for this situation is the absence of systematic guidelines and evaluation criteria that help software practitioners choose the right formal method for the problem at hand. In this paper, we present a comprehensive set of criteria, based on a systematic literature review and decade-long personal experience with application of rigorous methods in industrial projects, for evaluating and comparing different formal methods. We argue that besides technical grounds (e.g., modeling capabilities and supported development phases), formal methods should also be evaluated from social and industrial perspectives.