UML for protocol engineering - extension and experiences

Juha Pärssinen, Niklas von Knorring, Jukka Heinonen, Markku Turunen

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This paper presents a Unified Modeling Language profile for describing communications protocols. UML is a popular standardized, general-purpose visual language, but the current version lacks formal action semantics which is needed to define any complicated communications system. It is also difficult to generate an efficient protocol specific implementation from standard UML notation only. The authors developed a Graphical Protocol Description Language, a UML profile, to fulfil the needs of protocol engineering, UML stereotypes are used to add protocol-specific semantic information to class diagrams, enabling code generation for protocol implementations. GPDL contains graphical elements and a textual language that is used to describe actions in statechart transitions called the Generic Action Extension Language. A system described with GPDL can be converted to an implementation for any protocol framework. As an example a chain of tools which performs a translation from GPDL to SDL was developed by the authors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 33rd International Conference on Technology of Object-Oriented Languages and Systems TOOLS 33
PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)0-7695-0731-X
Publication statusPublished - 2000
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event33rd International Conference on Technology of Object-Oriented Languages, TOOLS 33 - Mont-Sain-Michel, France
Duration: 5 Jun 20008 Jun 2000


Conference33rd International Conference on Technology of Object-Oriented Languages, TOOLS 33

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