Multi-modal scenarios revisited: A net-based representation

David Harel, Amir Kantor

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Live sequence charts (LSC) is a visual formalism that can be used to model reactive systems. In terms of LSC, a system model is a set of charts, each of which may be referred to as a multi-modalscenario. In this paper, we revisit the scenarios of the UML2-compliant dialect of LSC. We abstract from their concrete visual representation, and show how to capture multi-modal scenarios in a flexible, yet conservative, way. For this, we use the building blocks of Petri nets; i.e., places and transitions, extended with modalities and interpreted in accordance with the semantics of LSC. This results in what we refer to as LSC nets. LSC nets can express a variety of advanced constructs of LSC, as well as several semantic variations suggested in the literature, with just a few primitive notions. At the same time, the net corresponding to an LSC involves rather superficial, technical, changes in presentation. As a result, LSC nets form a rigorous basis to present, discuss, and investigate the language as a whole, or interesting fragments thereof.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-127
Number of pages10
JournalTheoretical Computer Science
StatePublished - 20 Apr 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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