Release 3.11 – 2022-09-07
We are pleased to announce the release of Copilot 3.11, a stream-based DSL for writing and monitoring embedded C programs, with an emphasis on correctness and hard realtime requirements. Copilot is typically used as a high-level runtime verification framework, and supports temporal logic (LTL, PTLTL and MTL), clocks and voting algorithms.
Among others, Copilot has been used at the Safety Critical Avionics Systems Branch of NASA Langley Research Center for monitoring test flights of drones.
This new release introduces a new library copilot-interpreter that exposes the functions related to the interpreter backend, pre-existing functions included as part of copilot-core are now deprecated. It also fixes multiple bugs, removes deprecated elements, hides internal parts of the implementation from the public API, and improves the codebase by re-implementing a function without the use of unsafeCoerce. This release also continues to use our new software engineering process designed to meet the requirements to obtain NASA's Class D software classification. Details are available here.
Current emphasis is on facilitating the use with other systems, improving the codebase in terms of stability and test coverage, removing unnecessary dependencies, hiding internal definitions, and formatting the code to meet our new coding standards. Users are encouraged to participate by opening issues and asking questions via our github repo.
Copilot is distributed under the BSD-3-Clause licence, which can be found here.
We are grateful for NASA Contract NNL08AD13T to Galois, Inc. and the National Institute of Aerospace, which partially supported this work.
Additionally NASA Langley contracts 80LARC17C0004 and NNL09AA00A supported further development of Copilot.
We would like to thank Kaveh Darafsheh (NASA Langley Research Center) for his help with testing Copilot. In addition numerous people have helped with smaller things, reporting bugs etc. Thanks to all of them!