Semi-Automatic Implementation of Protocols Using an Estelle-C Compiler

Son T. Vuong, Allen Chakming Lau, Robin Isaac Chan
Publishing date
March 1987
In this paper, we present the basic ideas underlying an Estelle-C compiler, which accepts an Estelle protocol specification and produces a protocol implementation in C. We discuss our experience gained from using the semi-automatic approach to implement the ISO class 2 transport protocol. A manual implementation of the protocol is performed and compared with the semi-automatic implementation. We find the semi-automatic approach to protocol implementation offers several advantages over the conventional manual one, including correctness and modularity in protocol implementation code, conformance to the specification and reduction in implementation time. Finally, we present our ongoing development of a new Estelle-C compiler.