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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...
Automatic verification of realtime systems with discrete probability distributions
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1999
"... Abstract. We consider the timed automata model of [3], which allows the analysis of realtime systems expressed in terms of quantitative timing constraints. Traditional approaches to realtime system description express the model purely in terms of nondeterminism; however, we may wish to express the ..."
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Abstract. We consider the timed automata model of [3], which allows the analysis of realtime systems expressed in terms of quantitative timing constraints. Traditional approaches to realtime system description express the model purely in terms of nondeterminism; however, we may wish to express the likelihood of the system making certain transitions. In this paper, we present a model for realtime systems augmented with discrete probability distributions. Furthermore, using the algorithm of [5] with fairness, we develop a model checking method for such models against temporal logic properties which can refer both to timing properties and probabilities, such as, “with probability 0.6 or greater, the clock x remains below 5 until clock y exceeds 2”. 1
Model checking continuoustime Markov chains by transient analysis
, 2000
"... . The verification of continuoustime Markov chains (CTMCs) against continuous stochastic logic (CSL) [3, 6], a stochastic branchingtime temporal logic, is considered. CSL facilitates among others the specification of steadystate properties and the specification of probabilistic timing properties o ..."
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. The verification of continuoustime Markov chains (CTMCs) against continuous stochastic logic (CSL) [3, 6], a stochastic branchingtime temporal logic, is considered. CSL facilitates among others the specification of steadystate properties and the specification of probabilistic timing properties of the form P# #p(#1 U I #2 ), for state formulas #1 and #2 , comparison operator ##, probability p, and real interval I. The main result of this paper is that model checking probabilistic timing properties can be reduced to the problem of computing transient state probabilities for CTMCs. This allows us to verify such properties by using e#cient techniques for transient analysis of CTMCs such as uniformisation. A second result is that a variant of ordinary lumping equivalence (i.e., bisimulation), a wellknown notion for aggregating CTMCs, preserves the validity of all CSLformulas. In 12th Annual Symposium on Computer Aided Verification, CAV 2000, c # SpringerVerlag 2000 Chicago,...
Probabilistic Extensions of Process Algebras
 Handbook of Process Algebra
, 2001
"... INTRODUCTION Classic process, algebras such as CCS, CSP and ACP, are wellestablished techniques for modelling and reasoning about functional aspects of concurrent processes. The motivation for studying probabilistic extensions of process algebras is to develop techniques dealing with nonfunctiona ..."
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INTRODUCTION Classic process, algebras such as CCS, CSP and ACP, are wellestablished techniques for modelling and reasoning about functional aspects of concurrent processes. The motivation for studying probabilistic extensions of process algebras is to develop techniques dealing with nonfunctional aspects of process behavior, such as performance and reliability. We may want to investigate, e.g., the average response time of a system, or the ? This chapter is dedicated to the fond memory of Linda Christoff. probability that a certain failure occurs. An analysis of these and similar properties requires that some form of information about the stochastic distribution over the occurrence of relevant events is put into the model. For instance, performance evaluation is often based on modeling a system as a continuoustime Markov process, in which distributions over delays between actions and over the choice between different actions are specified. Similar
Weak Bisimulation for Fully Probabilistic Processes
, 1999
"... Bisimulations that abstract from internal computation have proven to be useful for verification of compositionally defined transition systems. In the literature of probabilistic extensions of such transition systems, similar bisimulations are rare. In this paper, we introduce weak and branching bisi ..."
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Bisimulations that abstract from internal computation have proven to be useful for verification of compositionally defined transition systems. In the literature of probabilistic extensions of such transition systems, similar bisimulations are rare. In this paper, we introduce weak and branching bisimulation for fully probabilistic systems, transition systems where nondeterministic branching is replaced by probabilistic branching. In contrast to the nondeterministic case, both relations coincide. We give an algorithm to decide weak (and branching) bisimulation with a time complexity cubic in the number of states of the fully probabilistic system. This meets the worst case complexity for deciding branching bisimulation in the nondeterministic case. In addition, the relation is shown to be a congruence with respect to the operators of PLSCCS , a lazy synchronous probabilistic variant of CCS. We illustrate that due to these properties, weak bisimulation provides all the crucial ingredients...
Implementation of Symbolic Model Checking for Probabilistic Systems
, 2002
"... In this thesis, we present ecient implementation techniques for probabilistic model checking, a method which can be used to analyse probabilistic systems such as randomised distributed algorithms, faulttolerant processes and communication networks. A probabilistic model checker inputs a probabilist ..."
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In this thesis, we present ecient implementation techniques for probabilistic model checking, a method which can be used to analyse probabilistic systems such as randomised distributed algorithms, faulttolerant processes and communication networks. A probabilistic model checker inputs a probabilistic model and a speci cation, such as \the message will be delivered with probability 1", \the probability of shutdown occurring is at most 0.02" or \the probability of a leader being elected within 5 rounds is at least 0.98", and can automatically verify if the speci cation is true in the model.
Model Checking for Probability and Time: From Theory to Practice
 In Proc. Logic in Computer Science
, 2003
"... Probability features increasingly often in software and hardware systems: it is used in distributed coordination and routing problems, to model faulttolerance and performance, and to provide adaptive resource management strategies. Probabilistic model checking is an automatic procedure for establi ..."
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Probability features increasingly often in software and hardware systems: it is used in distributed coordination and routing problems, to model faulttolerance and performance, and to provide adaptive resource management strategies. Probabilistic model checking is an automatic procedure for establishing if a desired property holds in a probabilistic model, aimed at verifying probabilistic specifications such as "leader election is eventually resolved with probability 1", "the chance of shutdown occurring is at most 0.01%", and "the probability that a message will be delivered within 30ms is at least 0.75". A probabilistic model checker calculates the probability of a given temporal logic property being satisfied, as opposed to validity. In contrast to conventional model checkers, which rely on reachability analysis of the underlying transition system graph, probabilistic model checking additionally involves numerical solutions of linear equations and linear programming problems. This paper reports our experience with implementing PRISM (www.cs.bham.ac.uk/dxp/ prism/), a Probabilistic Symbolic Model Checker, demonstrates its usefulness in analysing realworld probabilistic protocols, and outlines future challenges for this research direction.