Rodin Platform 3.5 Release Notes

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Dedication to Ken Robinson

This release of the Rodin Platform is dedicated to the memory of Ken Robinson (University of New South Wales) who passed away the 5th of September 2020. Ken was a vibrant member of the Event-B community and an important user of the Rodin platform: he did not hesitate to complain loudly when the platform was not running as he expected. His regular feedback allowed us to greatly improve Rodin for the great good of the whole community. Ken was also the author of the Event-B Cheat Sheet available with the Rodin handbook.

What's New in Rodin 3.5?

Rodin 3.5 brings lexicographical variants and several bug fixes. It also upgrades the underlying Eclipse to 2020-06, which can be run by all modern Java Runtimes (Java 8 up to 13).

The new lexicographical variant feature means that from now on a machine can contain several variant elements, which are to be understood as a tuple combination (in order of appearance). For instance, if a machine contains the two variants V1 and V2 declared in that order, then a converging event must either decrease V1, or not modify V1 and decrease V2.

Please note that we only provide 64-bit binary versions of the Rodin platform.

Changes for plug-in developers

Rodin 3.5 is built on top of Eclipse 4.16 (2020-06), which requires Java 8, just as the previous versions.

There is no API change within Rodin Core.

Following to the introduction of lexicographical variants, a machine can now contain several variant elements. Moreover, variant elements now carry a label attribute. The Rodin tools contain a compatibility layer that allows to read existing machine containing a single unlabelled variant and present it with the new API (using the hardcoded label vrn available from the org.eventb.core.IVariant.DEFAULT_LABEL constant).

Installing

Downloading

Download Rodin 3.5 now !

Upgrading from a previous version of Rodin 3.x

If you run Rodin 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, or 3.4, then you can upgrade your Rodin Platform by clicking Help > Check for Updates, then select Rodin 3.5 in the popup window and accept the licence terms. Note that the upgrading process can take quite a long time.

Take care that Rodin 3.5 brings a new version of Eclipse. This means that once you have opened a workspace with Rodin 3.5, you will not be able to open it with a prior version of Rodin anymore. Please consider copying your workspace for Rodin 3.5 to avoid any disaster.

If you run Rodin 3.0 or prior, you cannot upgrade to 3.5. You need to download the platform from SourceForge and reinstall your external plugins.

Requirements - Compatibility

Supported operating systems

Rodin will work on the following operating systems

  • macOS 64-bit
  • Linux 64-bit
  • Windows 64-bit

Java Runtime requirement

You need to have a 64-bit Java JRE (version 8 or later) installed on your computer. The Rodin application will not work with a previous version or with a 32-bit JRE.

macOS specific requirements

The Rodin application is not notarized. This means that when you download it from SourceForge, macOS will quarantine the application and tell you that it is broken. Just run the command xattr -rc Rodin.app in a Terminal to remove the quarantine tag.

The Atelier B provers (not part of Rodin Platform, but very useful) do not work on macOS Catalina and newer. This is because they use a 32-bit binary program.

Linux specific requirements

Package libc6-amd64:i386 must be installed, in particular in order to run external prover binaries depending on the distribution, you could instead need these packages: lib32z1, lib32ncurses5, lib32bz2-1.0.

Windows specific requirements

Atelier B provers may work more slowly; it can cause ML to not automatically discharge some sequents that it discharges on windows 32-bit, due to its timeout. A workaround is to download a custom profile: DefaultAuto_ML800, then Window > Preferences > Event-B > Sequent Prover > Auto/Post Tactic > Profiles (tab) > Import..., point to the downloaded file, 'Select All' profiles (there are 2), OK. Then in 'Auto/Post Tactic' tab, select 'Default Auto Tactic Profile (ML 800)' profile for auto-tactics. It is the same as the 'Default Auto Tactic Profile', except ML has a longer timeout (800 ms). You can of course change this timeout by editing the 'ML (800)' profile.

We have not noticed this problem for Linux 64-bit, nor for other platforms; however if you do, the same workaround applies.

Math fonts

To enhance your proving experience, the eclipse font settings (size, aspect...) are available from the preferences (General > Appearance > Colors and Fonts > Rodin). These settings allow you to modify the properties set on the Event-B Keyboard Text Font which is used in many views of the Proving UI. However, to enjoy these functionalities, you need to install the Brave Sans Mono font on your system. You can download this font from the link here.

External plug-ins

Rodin Update Site

Available from http://rodin-b-sharp.sourceforge.net/updates


Plug-in name Version Status MCV* Release Date Contact Additional info
SMT Solvers 1.4.0 available 15th March 2016 Laurent Voisin Automatic prover using SMT solvers
Relevance Filter 1.1.1 available ?.x.x Improves chance of automatic proof by selecting relevant hypotheses
B2Latex export 0.7.0 available 2.5.x 27th May 2015 Laurent Voisin generates a Latex documentation of the Event-B
Rose.gif Rose editor 1.7.0 available 3.x.x 4 Nov 2018 umlb Tree-structured editor for Event-B EMF that handles extensions without modification. Mainly useful for Plug-in developers.
CODA CODA Component Diagrams 6.0.1 available 3.x.x ? umlb Component diagrams with timed channels. (Not compatible with latest UML-B. Will be up-issued on Soton update site.)
CODA CODA Simulator for Component Diagrams 3.0.1 available 3.x.x ? umlb Component based simulation. (Not compatible with latest UML-B. Will be up-issued on Soton update site.)
Project diagram icon s.png Project Diagram 1.0.1 available 3.x.x 1st Feb. 2015 umlb Machine - Context relationship diagram. (Not compatible with latest UML-B. Will be up-issued on Soton update site.)
Cmp mch obj.gif Shared Event Composition 1.7.1 not checked 5th July 2017 umlb Compatible with Rodin 3.x.x
DecompositionPlug-in logo.png Decomposition 1.3.1 not checked 4th July 2017 umlb Compatible with Rodin 3.x.x
Refactory 1.3.0 not checked 3.x.x 6th May 2014 umlb Compatible with Rodin 3.0.x.
Theory Plug-in 3.0.0 not checked 17th Dec 2014 Laurent
Code Generation 0.2.5 not checked 29th Aug. 2013 umlb For Java, Ada, and OpenMP C code
Isabelle for Rodin not checked 2.x.x
Pattern 0.9.0 not checked 3.x.x 13th March 2015 Thai Son Hoang
Qualitative Probability 0.2.3 not working 3.x.x 9th October 2015 Thai Son Hoang Needs updating to be compatible with changes in Rodin 3.5
Generic Instantiation (Soton) 1.0.1 not checked 05th March 2013 Asieh
Records 2.0.0 not checked 2.x.x 16th Oct. 2010 umlb no longer supported - use CamilleX instead
Teamwork 1.2.0 not checked 3.2.x 5th Sept. 2016 umlb No longer supported - use CamilleX instead. Provides a synchronised copy of Machines and Contexts for committing into a repository.
Umlb32.gif UML-B 2.3.0 not checked 3.x.x 18th Oct. 2014 umlb no longer supported - use new UML-B from Soton update site instead
Umlb32.gif UML-B Statemachine Animation 1.3.0 not checked 3.x.x 18th Oct. 2014 umlb no longer supported - use new UML-B from Soton update site instead
IUMLB big.png iUML-B plugins not checked 3.x.x umlb New versions are now available on the Soton Update Site.

Atelier B Update Site

Available from http://methode-b.com/update_site/atelierb_provers


Plug-in name Version Status MCV* Release Date Contact Additional info
Atelier B provers 2.2.1 available 3.3.0 7 Aug 2017 Does not work with macOS Catalina!

ProB Update Site

Available from http://www.stups.hhu.de/prob_updates_rodin3


Plug-in name Version Status MCV* Release Date Contact Additional info
ProB 3.0.10 available 3.5.0 4 Sep 2020 The ProB animator and model checker
ProB (Dis)Prover 3.0.9 available 3.5.0 4 Sep 2020 The ProB counter-example finder and prover
ProB Symbolic constants support 3.0.9 available 3.5.0 4 Sep 2020

Southampton Releases Update Site

Available from http://eventb-soton.github.io/updateSite/releases

Plug-in name Version Status MCV* Release Date Contact Additional info
CmX CamilleX 2.0.0 new release 3.4.0 29 Jul 2020 Thai Son Hoang CamilleX provides text editors for Event-B models and support modelling mechanisms such as machine inclusion.
IUMLB big.png UML-B Class Diagrams 3.0.0 new release 3.x.x 11 Sept 2020 umlb UML-B Class diagrams translate into Event-B Machines.
IUMLB big.png UML-B State-machines 4.0.1 new release 3.x.x 13 Aug 2020 umlb UML-B State-machines translate into Event-B Machines.
IUMLB big.png UML-B State-machine Animation 3.0.0 new release 3.x.x 13 Aug 2020 umlb Animate UML-B State-machines. Compatible with UML-B statemachines 4.x.x and ProB 3.0.x.
IUMLB big.png Scenario Checker 0.0.0 new release 3.4.x 31 July 2020 umlb Validation tool for recording and replaying scenarios


The following framework plug-ins are also provided on the Southampton Releases Update Site. These plugins are installed automatically when required and are not usually installed explicitly by users.

Plug-in name Version Status MCV* Release Date Contact Additional info
Event-B EMF framework 6.1.0 new release 3.x.x 4 July 2020 umlb Provided for plug-in developers. End users should not need to install this framework. It will be installed automatically by other plug-ins as required.
Event-B EMF extensions 6.1.0 new release 3.x.x 4 July 2020 umlb Provided for plug-in developers. End users should not need to install this framework. It will be installed automatically by other plug-ins as required.
UML-B diagrams 8.0.1 new release 3.2.x 13 Aug 2020 umlb Provided for plug-in developers. End users should not need to install this framework. It will be installed automatically by other plug-ins as required.
ProB Support 0.0.0 new release 3.4.x 28 July 2020 umlb Provided for plug-in developers. End users should not need to install this framework. It will be installed automatically by other plug-ins as required.

Fixed Bugs and Implemented Features

Bugs

783 Launching problem with Java 13
782 Launching error with Java 11
781 Problem with the Rodin proof generator
780 Useless local hypotheses in NAT PO
779 No information when failing to launch external provers
777 Missing refresh in Rodin Editor for event convergence status
776 Rodin Handbook URL broken
774 Java SE 6 required to run Rodin V3.4 on macOS High Sierra ?
775 Editors misinterpret 'generated = false'
773 Update VM arguments for Java 9
772 crash of Rodin V3.4 when opening workspace
771 Proof view: unreadable formulas (white on white)
770 AtelierB plug-in 2.2.0 broken
769 Statistics columns have non uniform widths
765 Generalized Modus Ponens turns goal into "false"
756 Null reasoner input
754 Dropins folder is available again by default
753 Section color preferences are not taken into account
741 Tactic Profile Editing very slow performance
698 Using 'Open With' context menu on PO does not load the PO
618 Proposed name in refine action

Feature Requests

355 Simplify POs for anticipated event further
314 Lexicographic variant

Known Issues

See known bugs on SourceForge.

Rodin is not notarized

Apple asks that all applications are notarized before they can be run since macOS Mojave. Unfortunately, we did not have time to put this in place for Rodin 3.5. We expect this to be solved for Rodin 3.6. See macOS requirements for a workaround.

macOS in dark mode

See Bug 785.

Thanks

A big thank you to

  • Yamine Ait-Ameur (IRIT) who lead the Event-B-Rodin-Plus initiative for resuming work on the Theory plug-in and the Rodin Platform.
  • Thai Son Hoang (University of Southampton) who made the port to Eclipse 2020-06.
  • Colin Snook (University of Southampton) and Michael Leuschel (University of Dusseldorf) for making sure that their plug-ins work with Rodin 3.5 and useful feedback.
  • Marc Pantel (IRIT) for bringing the macOS workaround.
  • Ilya Shchepetkov (Ivannikov Institute for System Programming) and Fredrik Öhrström for their useful feedback on the release candidate.
  • All users and contributors that I have forgotten to remember.

Disclaimer

Since Rodin is continuously maintained, several unsoundness bugs which have been encountered were investigated and fixed. However, despite the total commitment of our teams to ensure the soundness of the platform, some unexpected and unknown soundness issues could remain. We would be grateful if you would report these issues to the development mailing list.

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Rodin Platform with git commit: 74e0e4188
User Release date : 2020/09/11.