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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...
The Benefits of Relaxing Punctuality
, 1996
"... The most natural, compositional, way of modeling realtime systems uses a dense domain for time. The satis ability of timing constraints that are capable of expressing punctuality in this model, however, is known to be undecidable. We introduce a temporal language that can constrain the time differe ..."
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The most natural, compositional, way of modeling realtime systems uses a dense domain for time. The satis ability of timing constraints that are capable of expressing punctuality in this model, however, is known to be undecidable. We introduce a temporal language that can constrain the time difference between events only with finite, yet arbitrary, precision and show the resulting logic to be EXPSPACEcomplete. This result allows us to develop an algorithm for the verification of timing properties of realtime systems with a dense semantics.
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.
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.
DiscreteTime Control for Rectangular Hybrid Automata
"... Rectangular hybrid automata model digital control programs of analog plant environments. We study rectangular hybrid automata where the plant state evolves continuously in realnumbered time, and the controller samples the plant state and changes the control state discretely, only at the integer poi ..."
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Rectangular hybrid automata model digital control programs of analog plant environments. We study rectangular hybrid automata where the plant state evolves continuously in realnumbered time, and the controller samples the plant state and changes the control state discretely, only at the integer points in time. We prove that rectangular hybrid automata have nite bisimilarity quotients when all control transitions happen at integer times, even if the constraints on the derivatives of the variables vary between control states. This is in contrast with the conventional model where control transitions may happen at any real time, and already the reachability problem is undecidable. Based on the nite bisimilarity quotients, we give an exponential algorithm for the symbolic samplingcontroller synthesis of rectangular automata. We show our algorithm to be optimal by proving the problem to be EXPTIMEhard. We also show that rectangular automata form a maximal class of systems for which the samplingcontroller synthesis problem can be solved algorithmically.
Axioms for RealTime Logics
, 1999
"... This paper presents a complete axiomatization of two decidable propositional realtime linear temporal logics: Event Clock Logic (EventClockTL) and Metric Interval Temporal Logic with past (MetricIntervalTL). The completeness proof consists of an effective proof building procedure for EventClockTL. F ..."
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This paper presents a complete axiomatization of two decidable propositional realtime linear temporal logics: Event Clock Logic (EventClockTL) and Metric Interval Temporal Logic with past (MetricIntervalTL). The completeness proof consists of an effective proof building procedure for EventClockTL. From this result we obtain a complete axiomatization of MetricIntervalTL by providing axioms translating MITL formulae into EventClockTL formulae, the two logics being equally expressive. Our proof is structured to yield axiomatizations also for interesting fragments of these logics, such as the linear temporal logic of the real numbers (LTR). Key words: Temporal logic, realtime, axiomatization, completeness. 1 Introduction Many realtime systems are safetycritical, and therefore deserve to be specified with mathematical precision. To this end, realtime linear temporal logics [5] have been proposed and served as the basis of specification languages. ? A preliminary version of this pape...