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PRISM: Probabilistic symbolic model checker
, 2002
"... Abstract. In this paper we describe PRISM, a tool being developed at the University of Birmingham for the analysis of probabilistic systems. PRISM supports two probabilistic models: continuoustime Markov chains and Markov decision processes. Analysis is performed through model checking such systems ..."
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Abstract. In this paper we describe PRISM, a tool being developed at the University of Birmingham for the analysis of probabilistic systems. PRISM supports two probabilistic models: continuoustime Markov chains and Markov decision processes. Analysis is performed through model checking such systems against specifications written in the probabilistic temporal logics PCTL and CSL. The tool features three model checking engines: one symbolic, using BDDs (binary decision diagrams) and MTBDDs (multiterminal BDDs); one based on sparse matrices; and one which combines both symbolic and sparse matrix methods. PRISM has been successfully used to analyse probabilistic termination, performance, dependability and quality of service properties for a range of systems, including randomized distributed algorithms, polling systems, workstation cluster and wireless cell communication. 1
Probabilistic Symbolic Model Checking with PRISM: A Hybrid Approach
 International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer (STTT
, 2002
"... In this paper we introduce PRISM, a probabilistic model checker, and describe the ecient symbolic techniques we have developed during its implementation. PRISM is a tool for analysing probabilistic systems. It supports three models: discretetime Markov chains, continuoustime Markov chains and ..."
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In this paper we introduce PRISM, a probabilistic model checker, and describe the ecient symbolic techniques we have developed during its implementation. PRISM is a tool for analysing probabilistic systems. It supports three models: discretetime Markov chains, continuoustime Markov chains and Markov decision processes. Analysis is performed through model checking speci cations in the probabilistic temporal logics PCTL and CSL. Motivated by the success of model checkers such as SMV, which use BDDs (binary decision diagrams), we have developed an implementation of PCTL and CSL model checking based on MTBDDs (multiterminal BDDs) and BDDs. Existing work in this direction has been hindered by the generally poor performance of MTBDDbased numerical computation, which is often substantially slower than explicit methods using sparse matrices. We present a novel hybrid technique which combines aspects of symbolic and explicit approaches to overcome these performance problems. For typical examples, we achieve orders of magnitude speedup compared to MTBDDs and are able to almost match the speed of sparse matrices whilst maintaining considerable space savings.
Modelchecking algorithms for continuoustime Markov chains
 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
, 2003
"... Continuoustime Markov chains (CTMCs) have been widely used to determine system performance and dependability characteristics. Their analysis most often concerns the computation of steadystate and transientstate probabilities. This paper introduces a branching temporal logic for expressing realt ..."
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Continuoustime Markov chains (CTMCs) have been widely used to determine system performance and dependability characteristics. Their analysis most often concerns the computation of steadystate and transientstate probabilities. This paper introduces a branching temporal logic for expressing realtime probabilistic properties on CTMCs and presents approximate model checking algorithms for this logic. The logic, an extension of the continuous stochastic logic CSL of Aziz et al., contains a timebounded until operator to express probabilistic timing properties over paths as well as an operator to express steadystate probabilities. We show that the model checking problem for this logic reduces to a system of linear equations (for unbounded until and the steadystate operator) and a Volterra integral equation system (for timebounded until). We then show that the problem of modelchecking timebounded until properties can be reduced to the problem of computing transient state probabilities for CTMCs. This allows the verification of probabilistic timing properties by efficient techniques for transient analysis for CTMCs such as uniformization. Finally, we show that a variant of lumping equivalence (bisimulation), a wellknown notion for aggregating CTMCs, preserves the validity of all formulas in the logic.
Approximate symbolic model checking of continuoustime Markov chains (Extended Abstract)
, 1999
"... . This paper presents a symbolic model checking algorithm for continuoustime Markov chains for an extension of the continuous stochastic logic CSL of Aziz et al [1]. The considered logic contains a timebounded untiloperator and a novel operator to express steadystate probabilities. We show that t ..."
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. This paper presents a symbolic model checking algorithm for continuoustime Markov chains for an extension of the continuous stochastic logic CSL of Aziz et al [1]. The considered logic contains a timebounded untiloperator and a novel operator to express steadystate probabilities. We show that the model checking problem for this logic reduces to a system of linear equations (for unbounded until and the steady stateoperator) and a Volterra integral equation system for timebounded until. We propose a symbolic approximate method for solving the integrals using MTDDs (multiterminal decision diagrams), a generalisation of MTBDDs. These new structures are suitable for numerical integration using quadrature formulas based on equallyspaced abscissas, like trapezoidal, Simpson and Romberg integration schemes. 1 Introduction The mechanised verification of a given (usually) finitestate model against a property expressed in some temporal logic is known as model checking. For probabilistic...
Process Algebra for Performance Evaluation
, 2000
"... This paper surveys the theoretical developments in the field of stochastic process algebras, process algebras where action occurrences may be subject to a delay that is determined by a random variable. A huge class of resourcesharing systems  like largescale computers, clientserver architectur ..."
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This paper surveys the theoretical developments in the field of stochastic process algebras, process algebras where action occurrences may be subject to a delay that is determined by a random variable. A huge class of resourcesharing systems  like largescale computers, clientserver architectures, networks  can accurately be described using such stochastic specification formalisms.
Probabilistic Model Checking of Deadline Properties in the IEEE1394 FireWire Root Contention Protocol
 in the IEEE 1394 FireWire root contention protocol. Special Issue of Formal Aspects of Computing
"... The increasing dependence of businesses on distributed architectures and computer networking places heavy demands on the speed and reliability of data exchange, leading to the emergence of sophisticated protocols which involve both realtime and randomization, for example FireWire IEEE1394. Automati ..."
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The increasing dependence of businesses on distributed architectures and computer networking places heavy demands on the speed and reliability of data exchange, leading to the emergence of sophisticated protocols which involve both realtime and randomization, for example FireWire IEEE1394. Automatic verification techniques such as model checking have been adapted to this class of probabilistic, timed systems [1, 9, 3, 14]. This abstract considers an application of such techniques to the IEEE1394 (FireWire) root contention protocol, in which the interplay between timed and probabilistic aspects is used to break the symmetry which may arise during the leader election process. Here, the properties of interest concern the election of a leader within a certain deadline, with a certain probability or greater. Our specification formalism is that of probabilistic timed automata [14], a variant of timed automa...
Symbolic Model Checking of Concurrent Probabilistic Systems Using MTBDDs
, 2000
"... Symbolic model checking for purely probabilistic processes using MTBDDs [12] was introduced in [4] and further developed in [20, 3]. In this paper we consider models for concurrent probabilistic systems similar to those of [28, 7, 5] and the concurrent Markov chains of [35, 13], which extend the ..."
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Symbolic model checking for purely probabilistic processes using MTBDDs [12] was introduced in [4] and further developed in [20, 3]. In this paper we consider models for concurrent probabilistic systems similar to those of [28, 7, 5] and the concurrent Markov chains of [35, 13], which extend the purely probabilistic processes through the addition of nondeterministic choice. As a specification formalism we use the probabilistic branchingtime temporal logic PBTL of [5, 7], which allows us to express properties such as "under any scheduling of nondeterministic choices, the probability of OE holding until / is true is at least 0.78". In [5, 7] it is shown that the verification of "until" properties can be reduced to a linear programming problem and solved with the help of e.g. the simplex algorithm, but no symbolic model checking is considered. Based on the algorithms of [5, 7], we derive symbolic model checking procedure for PBTL over concurrent probabilistic systems using MTBDDs, and extend it with fairness constraints. We furthermore implement an experimental model checker using the Colorado University Decision Diagram (CUDD) package [32]. Our key contribution is an implementation of the simplex algorithm in terms of MTBDDs.
Verifying quantitative properties of continuous probabilistic timed automata
, 2000
"... Abstract. We consider the problem of automatically verifying realtime systems with continuously distributed random delays. We generalise probabilistic timed automata introduced in [19], an extension of the timed automata model of [4], with clock resets made according to continuous probability distri ..."
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Abstract. We consider the problem of automatically verifying realtime systems with continuously distributed random delays. We generalise probabilistic timed automata introduced in [19], an extension of the timed automata model of [4], with clock resets made according to continuous probability distributions. Thus, our model exhibits nondeterministic and probabilistic choice, the latter being made according to both discrete and continuous probability distributions. To facilitate algorithmic verification, we modify the standard region graph construction by subdividing the unit intervals in order to approximate the probability to within an interval. We then develop a model checking method for continuous probabilistic timed automata, taking as our specification language Probabilistic Timed Computation Tree Logic (PTCTL). Our method improves on the previously known techniques in that it allows the verification of quantitative probability bounds, as opposed to qualitative properties which can only refer to bounds of probability 0 or 1. 1
Stochastic Transition Systems
, 1998
"... . Traditional methods for the analysis of system performance and reliability generally assume a precise knowledge of the system and its workload. Here, we present methods that are suited for the analysis of systems that contain partly unknown or unspecified components, such as systems in their early ..."
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. Traditional methods for the analysis of system performance and reliability generally assume a precise knowledge of the system and its workload. Here, we present methods that are suited for the analysis of systems that contain partly unknown or unspecified components, such as systems in their early design stages. We introduce stochastic transition systems, a highlevel formalism for the modeling of timed probabilistic systems. Stochastic transition systems extend current modeling capabilities by enabling the representation of transitions having unknown delay distributions, alongside transitions with zero or exponentiallydistributed delay. We show how these various types of transitions can be uniformly represented in terms of nondeterminism, probability, fairness and time, yielding efficient algorithms for system analysis. Finally, we present methods for the specification and verification of longrun average properties of STSs. These properties include many relevant performance and re...
On combining functional verification and performance evaluation using CADP
 FME 2002: International Symposium of Formal Methods Europe, volume 2391 of LNCS
, 2002
"... Abstract. Considering functional correctness and performance evaluation in a common framework is desirable, both for scientific and economic reasons. In this paper, we describe how the Cadp toolbox, originally designed for verifying the functional correctness of Lotos specifications, can also be use ..."
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Abstract. Considering functional correctness and performance evaluation in a common framework is desirable, both for scientific and economic reasons. In this paper, we describe how the Cadp toolbox, originally designed for verifying the functional correctness of Lotos specifications, can also be used for performance evaluation. We illustrate the proposed approach by the performance study of the Scsi2 bus arbitration protocol. 1