SWEN-220 Mathematical Models of Software
Fall 2171

Section 02: Mon-Wed-Fri  9:05-10:00

Professor Bruce Herring

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Activities / Reading / Videos

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Projects / Exams

Week 1 (Aug 28)

PART I - Relational (Data) Modeling

Course Introduction

Relational Model - Overview

Relational Model - Operations

- Chpt 1 : Introduction 
(focus on terms "abstraction" & "model")

[ERD] - Chpt 1 : Introduction

Lamport Video: first 9-10 minutes. We are not using TLA+, but we will use similar modeling tools. Focus on the  value of using models & abstractions when designing & testing software.

Week 2 (Sep 4)

No Class
Mon 9/4
Labor Day

Last Day to       Add/Drop 
Tues 9/5

Conceptual Modeling - ERD Intro

Course Registration Example

ERD Modeling Activity #1

ERD Project Available

Week 3 (Sep 11)

Conceptual -> Relational Mapping

Course Registration Mapping


Relational Model ->  Relational Database 

ERD Modeling Activity #2 :
Using the ERD solution from Activity #1 define the relational model using Relational Schema Notation (RSN).

ERD Modeling Activity #3

Week 4 (Sep 18)

PART II - Structural Modeling

Alloy-01 : Alloy Introduction

Relational Model - Operations (review)

Video - Hello Alloy

Alloy Activity #1

ERD Project Due
Mon - 9/18

Exam #1 : Relational Modeling
Wed - 9/20

Week 5 (Sep 25)

Static Modeling

Alloy-03 : Alloy Logic

Alloy-04 : Alloy Navigation - Join

Alloy Activity #2

Alloy Activity #3

Alloy Project Out

Week 6 (Oct 2)

No Class
Wed 10/4

Career Fair

Alloy-05 : Transitive Closure

Alloy-06 : Let and Functions

Alloy Activity #4

Week 7 (Oct 9)

No Class
Mon 10/9

October Break

Puzzles - Ordered & Unordered

Alloy Activity #5

Alloy Project Due

Week 8 (Oct 16)

PART III -  Behavioral Modeling

SPIN-01a : Concurrency Introduction
SPIN-01b: Shared Mutable State
SPIN-01c: Deadlock

Exam #2 : Alloy Modeling 

Week 9 (Oct 23)

Java Concurrency Tutorial

Java Threading Activity

[SPIN] -  Chapters 1 & 2

Week 10 (Oct 30)

SPIN/Promela Introduction
Modeling Concurrency

SPIN-02 : SPIN/Promela Intro
SPIN-03 : Modeling Concurrency - Pt 1

A Primer on Model Checking

Video - Hello SPIN

SPIN Activity #1

SPIN Activity #2

[SPIN] - Chapters 3 & 4

Week 11 (Nov 6)

Last Day to       Withdraw
Fri (11/10)

Verification in SPIN
Synchronization - Semaphores

SPIN-04 : Modeling Concurrency - Pt 2

SPIN Activity #3

SPIN Project Out

Week 12 (Nov 13)

Verification with temporal logic

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Safety and liveness in LTL

SPIN-05 : SPIN Verification
SPIN-06 : Temporal Logic

Sleeping Barber Problem

Read :
[SPIN] - Chapter 5
Exam #3 :
Concurrency Concepts & Promela Intro

Week 13 (Nov 20)

No Class
Wed, Fri 11/22-24


Sending messages
Receiving messages

SPIN-07 : Channels & Messaging

Read :
[SPIN] - Chapter 7.1-7.4

Week 14 (Nov 27)

Producer-Consumer Model

Additional Channels topics
SPIN Activity #4 

SPIN Project Model 1 Due

Week 15 (Dec 4)

Java Messaging Systems (TBD)

SPIN Activity #5 

Week 16 (Dec 11)
Last Class
Mon 12/11
Final Review
ERD Review Activity

Alloy Review Activity

SPIN Project Model 2 Due

Final Exam Week Dec 13-19




Disclaimer: While you are free to install Alloy and Spin on your personal computers, there may be some "quirks" based on your machine's configuration (especially SPIN on Mac's). I would strongly suggest defaulting to the lab systems for all on-line exams and testing projects and activities. All grading will be done using an SE Lab image. I will create a discussion forum in myCourses for students to share installation advice.
  1. The Alloy community web site is at alloy.mit.edu.
  2. If you want to install Alloy on your own computer:
    1. In the upper pane, click the download link.
    2. Select either alloy4.2.dmg for OS X or alloy4.2.jar for Windows or Linux; in all cases you need at least Java 6 to run the tool.
  3. The documentation link in the upper pane leads to a page with several useful links (we suggest bookmarking this link):
    1. An FAQ about Alloy.
    2. A reference manual
    3. A quick guide to Alloy 4
    4. An on-line tutorial
    5. Slides from a one day tutorial.
Promela / Spin
  1. Our primary source for information on Promela (the PROtocol MEta LAnguage) and SPIN (Simple Promela INterpreter) is the text by Ben-Ari. Gerard Holzman, the creator of the system, has a book that goes deeper in to the underlying theory, but it's more than we need.
  2. A good supplemental source is on the SPIN community website, spinroot.com. This is where you can find downloadable versions of the tools for your own computers. In addition, there are tutorials and a community forum.
  3. To download jSPIN 5.0 for Windows go to Google Code and select jspin-5-0.exe
  4. To download SPIN for Mac go to the SPIN site and follow instructions for Mac installation

    Here are some additional Mac installation tips: jSpin for Mac and Linux

Data Modeling - Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERD)
  1. There are a number of ERD-like drawing tools available. In class, and for your own use I would suggest Lucidchart : https://www.lucidchart.com/. You will need to sign-up (free) with your RIT email address (*.rit.edu) in order to get features beyond the normal trial sign-up Lucidchart offers.
  2. Another  tool to look at is the ERD features in Microsoft Visio. Visio is installed on the SE lab machines and is available through the SE Deptartment's Academic Alliance with Microsoft: http://www.se.rit.edu/content/software-vendor-alliances (Note that Lucidchart is able to import Visio diagrams.)