Hardware engineers frequently create formal specification documents as part of the verification process. Doing so is a time-consuming and error-prone process, as the primary documents for communications and standards use a mixture of prose, diagrams and tables. We would like this process to be partially automated, in which the engineer's role would be to refine a machine-generated skeleton of a specification's formal model. We have created a preliminary intermediate language which allows specifications to be captured using formal semantics, and allows an engineer to easily find, understand, and modify critical portions of the specification. We have converted most of ARM's AMBA AHB specification to our language; our representation is able to follow the structure of the original document.
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Freitas, Paul Michael, "Feature-Oriented Specification of Hardware Bus Protocols" (2008). Masters Theses (All Theses, All Years). 466.
hardware verification, language, timing diagrams, aspect-oriented programming, Electronic data processing documentation, Specification writing