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PSSM11 — Tests that send multiple signals are not correct

  • Key: PSSM11-3
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Model Driven Solutions ( Mr. Ed Seidewitz)
  • Summary:

    Any test in the PSSM test suite with a test driver that sends multiple signals to the model being tested may not currently be properly allowing all possible execution traces. This is because itt cannot, in general, be presumed that event occurrences are received in the order they are sent, even if they are all sent from the same thread. This was always true in fUML (per the statement of “the semantics of inter-object communications mechanisms” in subclause 2.4 of the spec), but it is completely, formally clear in fUML 1.3, in which EventOccurrence is an active class, such that all event occurrences are sent concurrently with each other.

    For example, consider test Transition 007 (described in subclause of the PSSM beta spec). The tester behavior for this test sequentially sends three signal instances: AnotherSignal, Continue and Continue again. However, while these signals are sent sequentially, there is no guarantee they will be received by the tested state machine in the same order. For example, one of the Continue signal instances could be received before the AnotherSignal instance, which would cause the state machine (as shown in Fig. 9.12) to take transition T3 to S2 and never get to S3.

    Rather than try to capture all the possible traces that should be allowed by the such tests a s currently modeled, it would be better to modify the tests so that they should only produce the trace that is currently suspected. This can be done by having the state machine under test send signals back to the tester, in order to coordinate the sending of sequential signals. For example, in the case of Transition 007, the state machine could send signals back to the tester as part of the doTraversial behaviors for transitions T1 and T2. The test behavior would then have to include accept event actions in order to wait between the send signal actions. (Of course, to allow the test to send signals back to the tester, either the Tester/Target association in the test architecture would need to be made bidirectional, or some signaling mechanism would need to be provided through the SemanticTest class.)

  • Reported: PSSM 1.0b1 — Tue, 5 Dec 2017 23:11 GMT
  • Updated: Mon, 1 Apr 2019 18:41 GMT