Generic Instantiation User Guide

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User:Son at ETH Zurich is in charge of the plug-in.


The Generic Instantiation plug-in provides supports for instantiating an Event-B Models by providing concrete values for carrier sets and constants.

Installing and Updating

The plug-in is available through the main Rodin Update Site under Composition and Decomposition category.


  • 11.05.2012: Version 0.2.2 released for Rodin 2.5.*

Technical References


We use a small example to illustrate the usage of the Generic Instantiation plug-in. The archive of the example is available here, which can be imported into the Rodin platform. The archive contains to projects called Channel and Negotiation. Channel is the abtract base project. Negotiation is the concrete target project: models of Channel will be instantiated within the contexts of Negotiation.

The Channel project contains the following components:

  • Context message_ctx contains carrier set MESSAGE representing the set of possible messages exchanged.
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  • Machine channel sees message_ctx. The machine specifies transfering of some messages from a sender to a receiver.
  • Context size_ctx contains constant channel_size representing the maximum number messages allowed in a channel.
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  • Machine EO sees message_ctx, size_ctx and refines channel. The machine specifies that the messages are sent exactly-one.
  • Machine EOIO sees message_ctx, size_ctx and refines EO. The machine specifies that messages are sent exactly-one and in-order.

The Negotiation project contains the following contexts:

  • Context bandwidth_ctx contains constant bandwidth representing the bandwidth of the connection between partners
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  • Context proposal_ctx contains carrier set PROPOSAL representing the proposals sending between partners, constant proposal_size representing the size of each proposal, and constant package_size respresenting the maximum number of proposals within each message.
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We are going to instantiate the development in Channel, in particular the refinement up to EOIO by instantiating the abstract carrier set MESSAGE and abstract constant channel_size. Each message contains a number of proposals (no more than package_size), each proposal has the size specified by proposal_size. As a result, we instantiate MESSAGE by POW(PROPOSAL) and channel_size by bandwidth / (proposal_size * package_size).

Additional features to be investigated/implemented

  • There is currently no sanity checking for the instantiation. Users need to make sure that their instantiated model can be analysed and proved by Rodin.