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Sequentially Constructive Statecharts (SCCharts)


SCCharts [5] is a visual synchronous language that is designed for specifying safety-critical reactive systems. SCCharts uses a new statechart notation similar to Harel Statecharts [3] and provides deterministic concurrency based on a synchronous model of computation (MoC), without restrictions common to previous synchronous MoCs like the Esterel constructive semantics [2].  Specifically, we lift earlier limitations on sequential accesses to shared variables, by leveraging the sequentially constructive MoC [4]. Thus SCCharts in short are SyncCharts [1] syntax plus Sequentially Constructive semantics.

The key features of SCCharts are defined by a very small set of elements, the Core SCCharts, consisting of state machines plus fork/join concurrency.

Conversely, Extended SCCharts contain a rich set of advanced features, such as different abort types, signals, history transitions, etc., all of which can be reduced via semantics preserving model-to-model (M2M) transformations into Core SCCharts. Extended SCCharts features are syntactic sugar because they can be expressed by a combination of Core SCCharts features.
On the one hand this eases the compilation and makes it more robust because it reduces its complexity. On the other hand, using Extended SCCharts features, a modeler is able to abstract away complexity of his or her SCCharts model which increases robustness and readability of a model. This approach enables a simple yet efficient compilation strategy and aids verification and certification.

 Referenced Publications

[1] Reinhard von Hanxleden, Björn Duderstadt, Christian Motika, Steven Smyth, Michael Mendler, Joaquín Aguado, Stephen Mercer, and Owen O’Brien. SCCharts: Sequentially Constructive Statecharts for Safety-Critical Applications. In Proc. ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI’14), Edinburgh, UK, June 2014.

[2] Christian Motika, Steven Smyth, and Reinhard von Hanxleden. Compiling SCCharts — A case-study on interactive model-based compilation. In Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Leveraging Applications of Formal Methods, Verification and Validation (ISoLA 2014) , volume 8802 of LNCS, pages 443–462, Corfu, Greece, October 2014.

[3] Francesca Rybicki, Steven Smyth, Christian Motika, Alexander Schulz-Rosengarten, and Reinhard von Hanxleden. Interactive model-based compilation continued — interactive incremental hardware synthesis for SCCharts. In Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Leveraging Applications of Formal Methods, Verification and Validation (ISoLA 2016), LNCS, 2016.

[4] Reinhard von Hanxleden, Michael Mendler, Joaquín Aguado, Björn Duderstadt, Insa Fuhrmann, Christian Motika, Stepjen Mercer, and Owen O'Brien. Sequentially Constructive Concurrency - A conservative extension of the synchronous model of computation, In Proc. Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference (DATE'13), Grenoble, France, March 2013.

[5] Charles André. Semantics of SyncCharts, Technical Report ISRN I3S/RR-2003-24-FR, I3S Laboratory, Sophia-Antipolis, France, April 2003.

[6] Gerad Berry. The foundations of Esterel, In G. Plotkin, C. Stirling, and M. Tofte, editors, Proof, Language, and Interaction: Essays in Honour of Robin Milner, pages 425-454, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2000.

[7] David Harel. Statecharts: A visual formalism for complex systems, Science of Computer Programming, 8(3):231-274, June 1987.

Documentation

Downloads

Downloads - KIELER SCCharts Product

The KIELER SCCharts Product includes the SCCharts editor and compiler. You may also like to download an SCCharts Tutorial or the SCCharts Cheat Sheet.


Release 0.12.2 (Stable)

Version 0.12 does not support Java 9 or higher!

KIELER SCCharts Product v. 0.12.2 (2017-09-06, based on Eclipse 4.6 Neon). Available platforms:


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