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Final Report of the COST-247 Action

Specification Architecture in a Communications Context

Kenneth J. Turner

Department of Computing Science and Mathematics
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1786 832 602
Fax: +44 1786 467 420


The concept of specification architecture is introduced, and its importance is emphasised. Three important architectural principles are offered as a way of achieving a satisfactory specification architecture: modularity, generality and simplicity. These are supported by subsidiary techniques that realise them. Criteria are identified to evaluate successful application of the techniques and conformance to the principles. The approach is illustrated throughout with the example of a message switch, culminating in a larger case study based on the work of the PANGLOSS project to design a high-speed message switch.

This presentation has been given during the COST-247 6th Management Committee Meeting (Budapest, Hungary, October 26-27, 1995).

COST-247 Working Group(s): 1

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