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A Really Temporal Logic
 Journal of the ACM
, 1989
"... . We introduce a temporal logic for the specification of realtime systems. Our logic, TPTL, employs a novel quantifier construct for referencing time: the freeze quantifier binds a variable to the time of the local temporal context. TPTL is both a natural language for specification and a suitable f ..."
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. We introduce a temporal logic for the specification of realtime systems. Our logic, TPTL, employs a novel quantifier construct for referencing time: the freeze quantifier binds a variable to the time of the local temporal context. TPTL is both a natural language for specification and a suitable formalism for verification. We present a tableaubased decision procedure and a model checking algorithm for TPTL. Several generalizations of TPTL are shown to be highly undecidable. 1 Introduction Linear temporal logic is a widely accepted language for specifying properties of reactive systems and their behavior over time [Pnu77, OL82, MP92]. The tableaubased satisfiability algorithm for its propositional version, PTL, forms the basis for the automatic verification and synthesis of finitestate systems [LP84, MW84]. PTL is interpreted over models that abstract away from the actual times at which events occur, retaining only temporal ordering information about the states of a system. The a...
Realtime logics: complexity and expressiveness
 INFORMATION AND COMPUTATION
, 1993
"... The theory of the natural numbers with linear order and monadic predicates underlies propositional linear temporal logic. To study temporal logics that are suitable for reasoning about realtime systems, we combine this classical theory of in nite state sequences with a theory of discrete time, via ..."
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The theory of the natural numbers with linear order and monadic predicates underlies propositional linear temporal logic. To study temporal logics that are suitable for reasoning about realtime systems, we combine this classical theory of in nite state sequences with a theory of discrete time, via a monotonic function that maps every state to its time. The resulting theory of timed state sequences is shown to be decidable, albeit nonelementary, and its expressive power is characterized by! regular sets. Several more expressive variants are proved to be highly undecidable. This framework allows us to classify a wide variety of realtime logics according to their complexity and expressiveness. Indeed, it follows that most formalisms proposed in the literature cannot be decided. We are, however, able to identify two elementary realtime temporal logics as expressively complete fragments of the theory of timed state sequences, and we present tableaubased decision procedures for checking validity. Consequently, these two formalisms are wellsuited for the speci cation and veri cation of realtime systems.
Logics and Models of Real Time: A Survey
"... We survey logicbased and automatabased languages and techniques for the specification and verification of realtime systems. In particular, we discuss three syntactic extensions of temporal logic: timebounded operators, freeze quantification, and time variables. We also discuss the extension of ..."
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We survey logicbased and automatabased languages and techniques for the specification and verification of realtime systems. In particular, we discuss three syntactic extensions of temporal logic: timebounded operators, freeze quantification, and time variables. We also discuss the extension of finitestate machines with clocks and the extension of transition systems with time bounds on the transitions. All of the resulting notations can be interpreted over a variety of different models of time and computation, including linear and branching time, interleaving and true concurrency, discrete and continuous time. For each choice of syntax and semantics, we summarize the results that are known about expressive power, algorithmic finitestate verification, and deductive verification.
What Good Are Digital Clocks?
, 1992
"... . Realtime systems operate in "real," continuous time and state changes may occur at any realnumbered time point. Yet many verification methods are based on the assumption that states are observed at integer time points only. What can we conclude if a realtime system has been shown "correct" ..."
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. Realtime systems operate in "real," continuous time and state changes may occur at any realnumbered time point. Yet many verification methods are based on the assumption that states are observed at integer time points only. What can we conclude if a realtime system has been shown "correct" for integral observations? Integer time verification techniques suffice if the problem of whether all realnumbered behaviors of a system satisfy a property can be reduced to the question of whether the integral observations satisfy a (possibly modified) property. We show that this reduction is possible for a large and important class of systems and properties: the class of systems includes all systems that can be modeled as timed transition systems; the class of properties includes timebounded invariance and timebounded response. 1 Introduction Over the past few years, we have seen a proliferation of formal methodologies for software and hardware design that emphasize the treatm...
Parametric realtime reasoning
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF THE 25TH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON THEORY OF COMPUTING
, 1993
"... Traditional approaches to the algorithmic verification of realtime systems are limited to checking program correctness with respect to concrete timing properties (e.g., "message delivery within 10 milliseconds"). We address the more realistic and more ambitious problem of deriving symbolic constrai ..."
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Traditional approaches to the algorithmic verification of realtime systems are limited to checking program correctness with respect to concrete timing properties (e.g., "message delivery within 10 milliseconds"). We address the more realistic and more ambitious problem of deriving symbolic constraints on the timing properties required of realtime systems (e.g., "message delivery within the time it takes to execute two assignment statements"). To model this problem, we introduce parametric timed automata  finitestate machines whose transitions are constrained with parametric timing requirements. The emptiness question for parametric timed automata is central to the verification problem. On the negative side, we show that in general this question is undecidable. On the positive side, we provide algorithms for checking the emptiness of restricted classes of parametric timed automata. The practical relevance of these classes is illustrated with several verification examples. There remains a gap between the automata classes for which we know that emptiness is decidable and undecidable, respectively, and this gap is related to various hard and open problems of logic and automata theory.
Formal Methods for the Specification and Design of RealTime Safety Critical Systems
, 1992
"... Safety critical computers increasingly a#ect nearly every aspect of our lives. Computers control the planes we #y on, monitor our health in hospitals and do our work in hazardous environments. Computers with software de#ciencies that fail to meet stringent timing constraints have resulted in cat ..."
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Safety critical computers increasingly a#ect nearly every aspect of our lives. Computers control the planes we #y on, monitor our health in hospitals and do our work in hazardous environments. Computers with software de#ciencies that fail to meet stringent timing constraints have resulted in catastrophic failures. This paper surveys formal methods for specifying, designing and verifying realtime systems, so as to improve their safety and reliability. # To appear in Journal of Systems and Software,Vol. 18, Number 1, pages 33#60, April 1992. Jonathan Ostro# is with the Department of Computer Science, York University 4700 Keele Street, North York, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3. This work is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. 1 CONTENTS 2 Contents 1 Introduction 3 2 De#ning the terms 6 2.1 Major issues that formal theories must address ::::::: 13 3 RealTime Programming Languages 14 4 Structured Methods and#or Graphical Languages 15 4.1 Str...