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Linking Functional Requirements and Software Verification

Linking Functional Requirements and Software Verification
Author:

Hendrik Post, Carsten Sinz, Florian Merz, Thomas Gorges, Thomas Kropf

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Proceedings of the 17th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference

Pages 295-302

Date: 2009

Synchronization between component requirements and implementation centric tests remains a challenge that is usually addressed by requirements reviews with testers and traceability policies. The claim of this work is that linking requirements, their scenario-based formalizations, and software verification provides a promising extension to this approach. Formalized scenarios, for example in the form of low-level assume/assert statements in C, are easier to trace to requirements than traditional test sets. For a verification engineer, they offer an opportunity to better participate in requirements changes. Changes in requirements can be more easily propagated because adapting formalized scenarios is often easier than deriving and updating a large set of test cases. The proposed idea is evaluated in a case study encompassing over 50 functional requirements of an automotive software developed at Robert Bosch GmbH. Results indicate that requirement formalization together with formal verification leads to the discovery of implementation problems missed in a traditional testing process.