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This paper presents a technique for specifying and verifying properties of "sentinels," a high-level language construct for synchronizing access to shared resources. Statements in the specification language possess formal temporal semantics. As a prelude to proving the correctness of sentinels, the semantics of constructs used in sentinels is given. The proof technique involves showing that the temporal behavior of a sentinel conforms to that defined by the specification. The methodology is illustrated by applying it to a typical synchronization problem.


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Pdf created from the Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Software Engineering, (IEEE, Mar. 1981).

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