Distributed System Development in B

Michael Butler, Marina Walden*

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The B-Method is a method for the stepwise derivation of sequential programs. In this paper we show how the B-Method can be used for designing distributed systems by embedding action systems within this method. The action system formalism is designed for the construction of parallel and distributed systems in a stepwise manner within the refinement calculus. We describe how action systems are written in B AMN. We also show the correspondence between refinement rules for action systems and the proof obligations generated in the B-Method. Furthermore, we propose an exten- sion of the B-Method to cover parallel and distributed systems. Familiarity with B AMN is assumed.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherTurku Center for Computer Science (TUCS)
ISBN (Print)951-650-857-X
Publication statusPublished - 1996
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

NameTUCS Technical Reports


  • the B Method
  • Action Systems
  • Refinement
  • Distributed Systems


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