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Arguing on Software-level Verification Techniques Appropriateness



Carmen Carlan , Barbara Gallina, Severin Kacianka , Ruth Breu

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


36th International Conference on Computer Safety, Reliability and Security


In this paper, we investigate the pondered selection of innovative software veri cation technology in the safety-critical domain and its implications. Veri cation tools perform analyses, testing or simulation activities. The compliance of the techniques implemented by these tools to ful ll standard-mandated objectives (i.e., to be means of compliance in the context of DO-178C and related supplements) should be explained to the certi cation body. It is thereby dicult for practitioners to use novel techniques, without a systematic method for arguing their appropriateness. Thus, we o er a method for arguing the appropriate application of a certain veri cation technique (potentially in combination with other techniques) to produce the evidence needed to satisfy certi - cation objectives regarding fault detection and mitigation in a realistic avionics application via safety cases. We use this method for the choice of an appropriate compiler to support the development of a drone.


author = {Carmen Carlan and Barbara Gallina and Severin Kacianka and Ruth Breu },
title = {Arguing on Software-level Verification Techniques Appropriateness},
month = {September},
year = {2017},
booktitle = {36th International Conference on Computer Safety, Reliability and Security},
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