An Entry Point for Formal Methods: Specification and Analysis of Event Logs

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Executive Summary

Formal specification languages have long languished, due to the grave scalability problems faced by complete verification methods. Runtime verification promises to use formal specifications to automate part of the more scalable art of testing, but has not been widely applied to real systems, and often falters due to the cost and complexity of instrumentation for online monitoring. In this paper, the authors discuss work in progress to apply an event-based specification system to the logging mechanism of the Mars Science Laboratory mission at JPL. By focusing on log analysis, they exploit the "Instrumentation" already implemented and required for communicating with the spacecraft.

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