Unified Property Specification for Hardware/Software Co-Verification

Fei Xie, Huaiyu Liu
2007 Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC) Proceedings of the IEEE International  
Hardware/software co-verification is becoming an indispensable tool for building highly trustworthy embedded systems. A stumbling block to effective co-verification using model checking is the lack of support to unified property specification for hardware, software, and entire embedded systems. In this paper, we develop xPSL, a unified property specification language for co-verification. xPSL extends the IEEE Property Specification Language (PSL) to support specification of temporal assertions
more » ... ver both hardware and software events. The semantics of hardware and software events and their temporal correlations are formalized based on translation of both hardware and software semantics to a common formal semantic basis. xPSL has been applied in co-verification to specify properties of hardware and software components, and furthermore entire embedded systems. Case studies have shown that xPSL is very effective in enabling co-verification of system-level properties and facilitating compositional reasoning.
doi:10.1109/compsac.2007.231 dblp:conf/compsac/XieL07 fatcat:yytxcy22vrbzpaepr3b7vrufae