Verifiable Model Construction for Business Processes
International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering
Business process specified in Business Process Execution Language (BPEL), which integrates existing services to develop composite service for offering more complicated function, is error-prone. Verification and testing are necessary to ensure the correctness of business processes. SPIN, for which the input language is PROcess MEta-LAnguage (Promela), is one of the most popular tools for detecting software defects and can be used both in verification and testing. In this paper, an automatic approach is proposed to construct the verifiable model for BPEL-based business process with Promela language. Business process is translated to an intermediate two-level representation, in which eXtended Control Flow Graph (XCFG) describes the behavior of BPEL process in the first level and Web Service Description Models (WSDM) depict the interface information of composite service and partner services in the second level. With XCFG of BPEL process, XCFGs for partner services are generated to describe their behavior. Promela model is constructed by defining data types based on WSDM and defining channels, variables and processes based on XCFGs. The constructed Promela model is closed, containing not only the BPEL process but also its execution environment. Case study shows that the proposed approach is effective.
BPEL, Business process, Promela, SPIN, verifiable model
Shunhui Ji, Liming Hu, Yihan Cao, Pengcheng Zhang, and Jerry Gao. "Verifiable Model Construction for Business Processes" International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (2021): 1017-1042. https://doi.org/10.1142/S0218194021500315