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A grey-box approach to the functional testing of complex automatic train protection systems
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2005 (English)In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2005, p. 305-317Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Systematic functional testing is a fundamental step of embedded control systems development cycle, as it allows to verify and validate their final implementation. Various approaches to black-box testing have been proposed, however they either involve test-case explosion or do not ensure the correctness of system behaviour in scenarios not covered by system specifications. To cope with such issues, a methodology which better suits both complexity and safety-criticality of the target system is needed. This paper describes the ASF functional testing methodology, based on a grey-box approach aimed at generating and reducing an extensive set of influence variables and test-cases. The methodology, embracing different aspects of system test process (code coverage verification, regression testing, etc.), was successfully applied to validate ASF implementation of SCMT (an Italian project for an Automatic Train Protection System). The results obtained in our testing experience proved the time effectiveness and extensive coverage of the proposed approach. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. p. 305-317
Keywords [en]
Computational complexity, Computer science, Control systems, Embedded systems, Mechanical testing, Regression analysis, Specifications, Systems analysis, Black-box testing, System specifications, Systematic functional testing, Systems development cycle, Automatic train control
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Embedded Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-73700Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-24944454238OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-73700DiVA, id: diva2:1213840
Conference
5th European Dependable Computing Conference, EDCC-5, 20 April 2005 through 22 April 2005, Budapest
Note

Conference code: 65613; Cited By :12; Export Date: 26 April 2018; Conference Paper; Correspondence Address: De Giuseppe, N.; ANSALDO SIGNAL, Ansaldo Segnalamento Ferroviario S.p.A, Via Nuova delle Brecce 260, Naples, Italy; email: denicola.giuseppe@asf.ansaldo.it; References: Heath, W.S., (1991) Real-Time Software Techniques, , Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York; CENELEC: En 50126 Railways Applications - The Specification and Demonstration of Reliability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS); Myers, G.J., (1979) The Art of Software Testing, , Wiley, New York; Wegener, J., Grimm, K., Grochtmann, M., Systematic testing of real-time systems (1996) Conference Papers of EuroSTAR '96, , Amsterdam; Jeng, B., Weyuker, E.J., Some observations on partition testing (1989) Proceedings of the ACM SIGSOFT '89 Third Symposium on Software Testing, , Analysis and Verification, Key West; Ostrand, T., Balcer, M., The category-partition method for specifying and generating functional tests (1988) Communications of the ACM, 31 (6), pp. 676-686; Grochtmann, M., Grimm, K., Classification-trees for partition testing (1993) Journal of Software Testing, Verification and Reliability, 3 (2), pp. 63-82; Grimm, K., Systematic testing of software-based systems (1996) Proceedings of the 2nd Annual ENCRESS Conference, , Paris; Tommaso, P.D., Esposito, R., Marmo, P., Orazzo, A., Hazard analysis of complex distributed railway systems (2003) Proceedings of 22nd International Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems, pp. 283-292. , Florence; UNISIG ERTMS/ETCS - Class1 Issue 2.2.2 Subset 026-1; Ministero dei Trasporti - Ferrovie dello Stato - Direzione Generale: Norme per l'Ubicazione e l'Aspetto dei Segnali; Sommervill, I., (2000) Software Engineering, 6th Edition, , Addison Wesley; (2001) Telelogic Tau Logicscope V5.1: Basic Concept.; Graves, T.L., Harrold, M.J., Kim, J.M., Porter, A., Rothermel, G., An empirical study of regression test selection techniques (1998) Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Software Engineering, pp. 188-197; Dustin, E., Rashka, J., Paul, J., (1999) Automated Software Testing, , Addison Wesley; Pettichord, B., Success with test automation (2001) Quality Week, , San Francisco

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