Specifying Systems: The TLA+ Language and Tools for Hardware and Software Engineers

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Addison-Wesley, 2003 - Computers - 364 pages
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This work shows how to write unambiguous specifications of complex computer systems. The first part provides a concise and lucid introduction to specification, explaining how to describe, with mathematical precision, the behavioural properties of a system - what that system is allowed to do. The emphasis here is on safety properties. The second part covers more advanced topics, including liveness and fairness, real time properties, and composition. The books final two parts provide a complete reference manual for the TLA+ language and tools, as well as a mini-manual.

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A gentle introduction to specifying concurrent systems with the Temporal Logic of Actions, and the use of the TLC model checker to test them out. Read full review

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User Review  - Max Lybbert - Goodreads

I've been reading several books by mathematician programmers (Donal Knuth, Alexander Stepanov, Edsger Dijkstra), and one book about UML. TLA+ does what UML is supposed to: provide a solid foundation ... Read full review

Contents

A Little Simple Math
9
Specifying a Simple Clock
15
An Asynchronous Interface
23
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Leslie Lamport, a computer scientist, is well known for his contributions to concurrent computing and distributed systems. His "Time, Clocks, and the Ordering of Events in a Distributed System" paper has been honored for its enduring influence on the field. Lamport is also known for creating the LaTeX typesetting system and the best-selling book, LaTeX, Second Edition, which documents it (Addison-Wesley, 1994). Now at Microsoft Research in Mountain View, California, he began his work on TLA+ at the Digital (later Compaq) Systems Research Center in Palo Alto. Lamport, who earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Brandeis University, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.



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