A Software Certification Consortium and its Top 9 Hurdles

John Hatcliff, Mats Heimdahl, Mark Lawford, Tom Maibaum, Alan Wassyng, Fred Wurden

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In August of 2007 and December of 2007, North American academic researchers, industry representatives and regulators were invited to meetings in Washington and Minneapolis, respectively, with the goal of forming a Software Certification Consortium (SCC). At the first meeting, objectives were established for the consortium and a certification grand challenge was issued. At the second meeting, all participants were asked to complete the statement: "Software certification is hard because ...". The group then synthesized the results into a "Top 9" list by means of discussion and voting. In this article, we describe the goals that we believe should be the goals of SCC, via details of these Top 9 hurdles that are preventing us from making software certification part of the mainstream.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
JournalElectronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 28 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
3 This work was partially supported by NSERC 4 Email: lawford,maibaum,wassyng@mcmaster.ca 5 Email: fredwurd@microsoft.com


  • Formal Methods
  • Objectives
  • Projects
  • Software Certification Consortium (SCC)


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