Message Sequence Charts (MSC) have had an unanticipated success, both with SDL, on its own and in conjunction with other methods and tools. Major tool vendors now offer both SDL and MSC in their tool set. This timely volume reports on the recent developments in this expanding field. Several papers deal with language issues, tools and methods for effective use of MSC. Advances in "SDL technology" are discussed, and several papers deal with the early stages of product development and how SDL may be complemented by other methods, such as OMT, to improve problem understanding and make better SDL designs. New developments in the areas of tools for verification, validation and testing are also included, together with a large number of papers on applications.

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Introduction. Use in Telecoms. Industrial experience of using SDL in IskraTEL (A. Robnik et al.). A distributed SDL-based intelligent network laboratory (P. Csurgay, F.A. Aagesen). SDL-92 support for re-use in protocol system specifications - some early experience (A. Sinton, M. Crowther). MSC Session 1. Using MSC-92 effectively (Ø. Haugen). Generating tools for message sequence charts (S. Mauw, E.A. van der Meulen). Syntax requirements of message sequence charts (M.A. Reniers). MSC Session 2. Message sequence chart: Composition techniques versus OO-techniques - "Tema con Variazioni". (E. Rudolph et al.). ASN.1 exchange format for MSC graphics (M. Törõ et al.). Object Orientation. A development method for SDL-92 specifications based on OMT (D. Witaszek et al.). Translation of OMT to SDL-92 (F. Guo, T.W. MacKenzie). CASE Experience. A methodology for modelling large and complex systems, used on an advanced transport telematics architecture (T. Frotveit). High quality design using SDL technology (Z. Koono, B.H. Far). Software process improvement with SDL (K.Kimbler, G. Opsahl). Tools. Design issues of RASTA SDL-92 translator (N. Mansurov et al.). A generic, high capacity computing platform for SDL systems execution (G. Millstein et al.). Tool-aided understanding of SDL (L. Tufvesson). Language Design Issues. Description for hierarchical processing in SDL design (Y. Shigeta et al.). Modifying and using SDL to specify ODP-based telecommunications services (B.B. Nørbœk, M.F. Jørgensen). Validation and Verification. GOAL: Observing SDL behaviors with GEODE (B. Algayres et al.). Performance evaluation of SDL systems adjunct by queuing models (M. Diefenbruch et al.). MSCs to express service requirements as properties on a


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