Showing Full Semantics Preservation in Model Transformation: A Comparison of Techniques

Mathias Hüksbusch, Barbara König, Arend Rensink, Maria Semenyak, Christian Soltenborn, Heike Wehrheim

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    Model transformation is a prime technique in modern, model-driven software design. One of the most challenging issues is to show that the semantics of the models is not affected by the transformation. So far, there is hardly any research into this issue, in particular in those cases where the source and target languages are different. In this paper, we are using two different state-of-the-art proof techniques (explicit bisimulation construction versus borrowed contexts) to show bisimilarity preservation of a given model transformation between two simple (self-defined) languages, both of which are equipped with a graph transformation-based operational semantics. The contrast between these proof techniques is interesting because they are based on different model transformation strategies: triple graph grammars versus in situ transformation. We proceed to compare the proofs and discuss scalability to a more realistic setting.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIntegrated Formal Methods
    Subtitle of host publication8th International Conference, IFM 2010, Nancy, France, October 11-14, 2010. Proceedings
    EditorsDominique Méry, Stephan Merz
    Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-16265-7
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-16264-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event8th International Conference on Integrated Formal Methods, IFM 2010 - Nancy, France
    Duration: 11 Oct 201014 Oct 2010
    Conference number: 8

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference8th International Conference on Integrated Formal Methods, IFM 2010
    Abbreviated titleIFM


    • METIS-271122
    • Graph Transformation
    • Semantics Preservation
    • IR-74632
    • EWI-18770
    • Model Transformation


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