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Focus points and convergent process operators: A proof strategy for protocol veri cation
, 1995
"... We present a strategy for nding algebraic correctness proofs for communication systems. It is described in the setting of CRL [11], which is, roughly, ACP [2, 3] extended with a formal treatment of the interaction between data and processes. The strategy has already been applied successfully in [4] ..."
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We present a strategy for nding algebraic correctness proofs for communication systems. It is described in the setting of CRL [11], which is, roughly, ACP [2, 3] extended with a formal treatment of the interaction between data and processes. The strategy has already been applied successfully in [4] and [10], but was not explicitly identi ed as such. Moreover, the protocols that were veri ed in these papers were rather complex, so that the general picture was obscured by the amount of details. In this paper, the proof strategy is materialised in the form of de nitions and theorems. These results reduce a large part of protocol veri cation to a number of trivial facts concerning data parameters occurring in implementation and speci cation. This greatly simpli es protocol veri cations and makes our approach amenable to mechanical assistance � experiments in this direction seem promising. The strategy is illustrated by several small examples and one larger example, the Concurrent Alternating Bit Protocol (CABP). Although simple, this protocol contains a large amount ofinternal parallelism, so that all relevant issuesmaketheir appearance.