Building High-Assurance Software without Breaking the Bank
The late computer scientist Edsger Dijkstra once famously said "Program testing can be used to show the presence of bugs, but never to show their absence." This intrinsic drawback has become more acute in recent years, with the need to make software "bullet proof" against increasingly complex requirements and pervasive security attacks. Testing can only go so far. Fortunately, formal program verification offers a practical complement to testing, as it addresses security concerns while keeping the cost of testing at an acceptable level.
Formal verification has a proven track record in industries where reliability is paramount, and among the available technologies, the SPARK toolset features prominently. It has been used successfully for developing high confidence software in industries including Aerospace, Defense, and Air Traffic Management. SPARK tools can address specific requirements for robustness (absence of run-time errors) and functional correctness (contract-based verification) that are relevant in critical systems, including those that are subject to certification requirements.
In this webcast, SPARK experts Yannick Moy and Rod Chapman present the current status of the SPARK solution and explain how it can be successfully adopted in your current software development processes.
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Yannick Moy is the SPARK product manager at AdaCore. He has led the development of the SPARK language and tools since 2010, and he oversaw the major technology revision resulting in SPARK 2014. Yannick has presented SPARK in numerous articles, conferences, as well as online (in particular www.spark-2014.org). Previously, he worked on software source code analyzers CodePeer, Frama-C and PolySpace Verifier C++.
Rod Chapman is an independent consultant software engineer. He specializes in the development of safety- and security-critical systems, from requirements engineering, through architectural design and implementation, to verification, audit and assessment. He has trained, led and coached software development teams all over the world, most of them using the SPARK language and tools. Additionally, Rod holds an honorary visiting chair in the department of computer science at the University of York.