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The model checker SPIN
 IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
, 1997
"... Abstract—SPIN is an efficient verification system for models of distributed software systems. It has been used to detect design errors in applications ranging from highlevel descriptions of distributed algorithms to detailed code for controlling telephone exchanges. This paper gives an overview of ..."
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Abstract—SPIN is an efficient verification system for models of distributed software systems. It has been used to detect design errors in applications ranging from highlevel descriptions of distributed algorithms to detailed code for controlling telephone exchanges. This paper gives an overview of the design and structure of the verifier, reviews its theoretical foundation, and gives an overview of significant practical applications. Index Terms—Formal methods, program verification, design verification, model checking, distributed systems, concurrency.
The synchronous dataflow programming language LUSTRE
 Proceedings of the IEEE
, 1991
"... This paper describes the language Lustre, which is a dataflow synchronous language, designed for programming reactive systems  such as automatic control and monitoring systems  as well as for describing hardware. The dataflow aspect of Lustre makes it very close to usual description tools in t ..."
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This paper describes the language Lustre, which is a dataflow synchronous language, designed for programming reactive systems  such as automatic control and monitoring systems  as well as for describing hardware. The dataflow aspect of Lustre makes it very close to usual description tools in these domains (blockdiagrams, networks of operators, dynamical samplessystems, etc: : : ), and its synchronous interpretation makes it well suited for handling time in programs. Moreover, this synchronous interpretation allows it to be compiled into an efficient sequential program. Finally, the Lustre formalism is very similar to temporal logics. This allows the language to be used for both writing programs and expressing program properties, which results in an original program verification methodology. 1 Introduction Reactive systems Reactive systems have been defined as computing systems which continuously interact with a given physical environment, when this environment is unable to sy...
An AutomataTheoretic Approach to BranchingTime Model Checking
 JOURNAL OF THE ACM
, 1998
"... Translating linear temporal logic formulas to automata has proven to be an effective approach for implementing lineartime modelchecking, and for obtaining many extensions and improvements to this verification method. On the other hand, for branching temporal logic, automatatheoretic techniques ..."
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Translating linear temporal logic formulas to automata has proven to be an effective approach for implementing lineartime modelchecking, and for obtaining many extensions and improvements to this verification method. On the other hand, for branching temporal logic, automatatheoretic techniques have long been thought to introduce an exponential penalty, making them essentially useless for modelchecking. Recently, Bernholtz and Grumberg have shown that this exponential penalty can be avoided, though they did not match the linear complexity of nonautomatatheoretic algorithms. In this paper we show that alternating tree automata are the key to a comprehensive automatatheoretic framework for branching temporal logics. Not only, as was shown by Muller et al., can they be used to obtain optimal decision procedures, but, as we show here, they also make it possible to derive optimal modelchecking algorithms. Moreover, the simple combinatorial structure that emerges from the a...
An automatatheoretic approach to linear temporal logic
 Logics for Concurrency: Structure versus Automata, volume 1043 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science
, 1996
"... Abstract. The automatatheoretic approach to linear temporal logic uses the theory of automata as a unifying paradigm for program specification, verification, and synthesis. Both programs and specifications are in essence descriptions of computations. These computations can be viewed as words over s ..."
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Abstract. The automatatheoretic approach to linear temporal logic uses the theory of automata as a unifying paradigm for program specification, verification, and synthesis. Both programs and specifications are in essence descriptions of computations. These computations can be viewed as words over some alphabet. Thus,programs and specificationscan be viewed as descriptions of languagesover some alphabet. The automatatheoretic perspective considers the relationships between programs and their specifications as relationships between languages.By translating programs and specifications to automata, questions about programs and their specifications can be reduced to questions about automata. More specifically, questions such as satisfiability of specifications and correctness of programs with respect to their specifications can be reduced to questions such as nonemptiness and containment of automata. Unlike classical automata theory, which focused on automata on finite words, the applications to program specification, verification, and synthesis, use automata on infinite words, since the computations in which we are interested are typically infinite. This paper provides an introduction to the theory of automata on infinite words and demonstrates its applications to program specification, verification, and synthesis. 1
Model Checking of Safety Properties
, 1999
"... Of special interest in formal verification are safety properties, which assert that the system always stays within some allowed region. Proof rules for the verification of safety properties have been developed in the proofbased approach to verification, making verification of safety properties simp ..."
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Of special interest in formal verification are safety properties, which assert that the system always stays within some allowed region. Proof rules for the verification of safety properties have been developed in the proofbased approach to verification, making verification of safety properties simpler than verification of general properties. In this paper we consider model checking of safety properties. A computation that violates a general linear property reaches a bad cycle, which witnesses the violation of the property. Accordingly, current methods and tools for model checking of linear properties are based on a search for bad cycles. A symbolic implementation of such a search involves the calculation of a nested fixedpoint expression over the system's state space, and is often impossible. Every computation that violates a safety property has a finite prefix along which the property is violated. We use this fact in order to base model checking of safety properties on a search for ...
A Direct Symbolic Approach to Model Checking Pushdown Systems (Extended Abstract)
, 1997
"... This paper gives a simple and direct algorithm for computing the always regular set of reachable states of a pushdown system. It then exploits this algorithm for obtaining model checking algorithms for lineartime temporal logic as well as for the logic CTL. For the latter, a new technical tool is i ..."
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This paper gives a simple and direct algorithm for computing the always regular set of reachable states of a pushdown system. It then exploits this algorithm for obtaining model checking algorithms for lineartime temporal logic as well as for the logic CTL. For the latter, a new technical tool is introduced: pushdown automata with transitions conditioned on regular predicates on the stack content. Finally, this technical tool is also used to establish that CTL model checking remains decidable when the formulas are allowed to include regular predicates on the stack content.
A Partial Approach to Model Checking
 INFORMATION AND COMPUTATION
, 1994
"... This paper presents a modelchecking method for lineartime temporal logic that can avoid most of the state explosion due to the modelling of concurrency by interleaving. The method relies on the concept of Mazurkiewicz's trace as a semantic basis and uses automatatheoretic techniques, includin ..."
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This paper presents a modelchecking method for lineartime temporal logic that can avoid most of the state explosion due to the modelling of concurrency by interleaving. The method relies on the concept of Mazurkiewicz's trace as a semantic basis and uses automatatheoretic techniques, including automata that operate on words of ordinality higher than \omega.
Model checking of hierarchical state machines
 ACM Trans. Program. Lang. Syst
"... Model checking is emerging as a practical tool for detecting logical errors in early stages of system design. We investigate the model checking of sequential hierarchical (nested) systems, i.e., finitestate machines whose states themselves can be other machines. This nesting ability is common in var ..."
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Model checking is emerging as a practical tool for detecting logical errors in early stages of system design. We investigate the model checking of sequential hierarchical (nested) systems, i.e., finitestate machines whose states themselves can be other machines. This nesting ability is common in various software design methodologies, and is available in several commercial modeling tools. The straightforward way to analyze a hierarchical machine is to flatten it (thus incurring an exponential blow up) and apply a modelchecking tool on the resulting ordinary FSM. We show that this flattening can be avoided. We develop algorithms for verifying lineartime requirements whose complexity is polynomial in the size of the hierarchical machine. We also address the verification of branching time requirements and provide efficient algorithms and matching lower bounds.
Planning Control Rules for Reactive Agents
 Artificial Intelligence
, 1997
"... A traditional approach for planning is to evaluate goal statements over state trajectories modeling predicted behaviors of an agent. This paper describes a powerful extension of this approach for handling complex goals for reactive agents. We describe goals by using a modal temporal logic that can e ..."
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A traditional approach for planning is to evaluate goal statements over state trajectories modeling predicted behaviors of an agent. This paper describes a powerful extension of this approach for handling complex goals for reactive agents. We describe goals by using a modal temporal logic that can express quite complex time, safety, and liveness constraints. Our method is based on an incremental planner algorithm that generates a reactive plan by computing a sequence of partially satisfactory reactive plans converging to a completely satisfactory one. Partial satisfaction means that an agent controlled by the plan accomplishes its goal only for some environment events. Complete satisfaction means that the agent accomplishes its goal whatever environment events occur during the execution of the plan. As such, our planner can be stopped at any time to yield a useful plan. An implemented prototype is used to evaluate our planner on empirical problems. Keywords: Planning, control, reactiv...
OntheFly Analysis of Systems with Unbounded, Lossy FIFO Channels
 In CAV'98. LNCS 1427
, 1998
"... . We consider symbolic onthefly verification methods for systems of finitestate machines that communicate by exchanging messages via unbounded and lossy FIFO queues. We propose a novel representation formalism, called simple regular expressions (SREs), for representing sets of states of proto ..."
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. We consider symbolic onthefly verification methods for systems of finitestate machines that communicate by exchanging messages via unbounded and lossy FIFO queues. We propose a novel representation formalism, called simple regular expressions (SREs), for representing sets of states of protocols with lossy FIFO channels. We show that the class of languages representable by SREs is exactly the class of downward closed languages that arise in the analysis of such protocols. We give methods for (i) computing inclusion between SREs, (ii) an SRE representing the set of states reachable by executing a single transition in a system, and (iii) an SRE representing the set of states reachable by an arbitrary number of executions of a control loop of a program. All these operations are rather simple and can be carried out in polynomial time. With these techniques, one can construct a semialgorithm which explores the set of reachable states of a protocol, in order to check variou...