Safety Annex for the Architecture Analysis and Design Language

D. Stewart, J. Liu, D. Cofer, M. Heimdahl, M. Whalen, M. Peterson

Embedded Real Time Systems Conference, January 2020

Model-based development tools are increasingly being used for system-level development of safety-critical systems. Architectural and behavioral models provide important information that can be leveraged to improve the system safety analysis process. Model-based design artifacts produced in early stage development activities can be used to perform system safety analysis, reducing costs, and providing accurate results throughout the system life-cycle. In this paper we describe an extension to the Architecture Analysis and Design Language (AADL) that supports modeling of system behavior under failure conditions. This Safety Annex enables the independent modeling of component failures and allows safety engineers to weave various types of fault behavior into the nominal system model. The accompanying tool support uses model checking to propagate errors from their source to their effect on top-level safety properties without the need to add separate propagation specifications. Our tools are also able to compute minimal cut sets for these errors to produce faults trees familiar to safety engineers and certification authorities. We describe the Safety Annex, illustrate its use with a representative example, and discuss and demonstrate the tool support enabling an analyst to investigate the system behavior under failure conditions.