pecification and D
anguage) A modeling language used to describe real-time systems. It is widely used to model state machines in the telecommunications, aviation, automotive and medical industries. SDL is used to model the details of a system, which can be simulated and proven, whereas UML is used to model at a higher level of abstraction.
There are three parts to an SDL diagram: the system definition, block and process. The system definition defines the major nodes (blocks) of the system such as clients and servers, while the block charts show more details. The process diagram shows the processing steps in each block. See state machine
SDL Process Diagram
This simple system in a server lets the user add two numbers at a terminal. There is more detail in this diagram than in the UML model from which it originated (see below). (Diagram courtesy of Telelogic, AB, www.telelogic.com)
This UML diagram was turned into the SDL description above by Telelogic's UML to SDL Translator (see UML
for more diagrams). (Diagram courtesy of Telelogic, AB, www.telelogic.com)