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The algorithmic analysis of hybrid systems
 THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 1995
"... We present a general framework for the formal specification and algorithmic analysis of hybrid systems. A hybrid system consists of a discrete program with an analog environment. We model hybrid systems as nite automata equipped with variables that evolve continuously with time according to dynamica ..."
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We present a general framework for the formal specification and algorithmic analysis of hybrid systems. A hybrid system consists of a discrete program with an analog environment. We model hybrid systems as nite automata equipped with variables that evolve continuously with time according to dynamical laws. For verification purposes, we restrict ourselves to linear hybrid systems, where all variables follow piecewiselinear trajectories. We provide decidability and undecidability results for classes of linear hybrid systems, and we show that standard programanalysis techniques can be adapted to linear hybrid systems. In particular, we consider symbolic modelchecking and minimization procedures that are based on the reachability analysis of an infinite state space. The procedures iteratively compute state sets that are definable as unions of convex polyhedra in multidimensional real space. We also present approximation techniques for dealing with systems for which the iterative procedures do not converge.
PHAVer: Algorithmic verification of hybrid systems past HyTech
, 2005
"... Abstract. In 1995, HyTech broke new ground as a potentially powerful tool for verifying hybrid systems – yet it has remained severely limited in its applicability to more complex systems. We address the main problems of HyTech with PHAVer, a new tool for the exact verification of safety properties o ..."
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Abstract. In 1995, HyTech broke new ground as a potentially powerful tool for verifying hybrid systems – yet it has remained severely limited in its applicability to more complex systems. We address the main problems of HyTech with PHAVer, a new tool for the exact verification of safety properties of hybrid systems with piecewise constant bounds on the derivatives. Affine dynamics are handled by onthefly overapproximation and by partitioning the state space based on userdefinable constraints and the dynamics of the system. PHAVer’s exact arithmetic is robust due to the use of the Parma Polyhedra Library, which supports arbitrarily large numbers. To manage the complexity of the polyhedral computations, we propose methods to conservatively limit the number of bits and constraints of polyhedra. Experimental results for a navigation benchmark and a tunnel diode circuit show the effectiveness of the approach. 1
Approximate Reachability Analysis of PiecewiseLinear Dynamical Systems
, 2000
"... . In this paper we describe an experimental system called d=dt for approximating reachable states for hybrid systems whose continuous dynamics is defined by linear differential equations. We use an approximation algorithm whose accumulation of errors during the continuous evolution is much small ..."
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. In this paper we describe an experimental system called d=dt for approximating reachable states for hybrid systems whose continuous dynamics is defined by linear differential equations. We use an approximation algorithm whose accumulation of errors during the continuous evolution is much smaller than in previouslyused methods. The d=dt system can, so far, treat nontrivial continuous systems, hybrid systems, convex differential inclusions and controller synthesis problems. 1 Introduction The problem of calculating reachable states for continuous and hybrid systems has emerged as one of the major problems in hybrid systems research [G96,GM98,DM98,KV97,V98,GM99,CK99,PSK99,HHMW99]. It constitutes a prerequisite for exporting algorithmic verification methodology outside discrete systems or hybrid systems with piecewisetrivial dynamics. For computer scientists it poses new challenges in treating continuous functions and their approximations and in applying computational geometry...
Model Checking in CLP
, 1999
"... We show that Constraint Logic Programming (CLP) can serve as a conceptual basis and as a practical implementation platform for the model checking of infinitestate systems. Our contributions are: (1) a semanticspreserving translation of concurrent systems into CLP programs, (2) a method for verifyi ..."
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We show that Constraint Logic Programming (CLP) can serve as a conceptual basis and as a practical implementation platform for the model checking of infinitestate systems. Our contributions are: (1) a semanticspreserving translation of concurrent systems into CLP programs, (2) a method for verifying safety and liveness properties on the CLP programs produced by the translation. We have implemented the method in a CLP system and verified wellknown examples of infinitestate programs over integers, using here linear constraints as opposed to Presburger arithmetic as in previous solutions.
Effective Synthesis of Switching Controllers for Linear Systems
, 2000
"... In this work we suggest a novel methodology for synthesizing switching controllers for continuous and hybrid systems whose dynamics are defined by linear differential equations. We formulate the synthesis problem as finding the conditions upon which a controller should switch the behavior of the sys ..."
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In this work we suggest a novel methodology for synthesizing switching controllers for continuous and hybrid systems whose dynamics are defined by linear differential equations. We formulate the synthesis problem as finding the conditions upon which a controller should switch the behavior of the system from one "mode" to another in order to avoid a set of bad states, and propose an abstract algorithm which solves the problem by an iterative computation of reachable states. We have implemented a concrete version of the algorithm, which uses a new approximation scheme for reachability analysis of linear systems.
OptorSim  A Grid Simulator for Studying Dynamic Data Replication Strategies
 International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications
, 2003
"... Abstract Computational Grids process large, computationally intensive problems on small data sets. In contrast, Data Grids process large computational problems that in turn require evaluating, mining and producinglarge amounts of data. Replication, creating geographically disparate identical copies ..."
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Abstract Computational Grids process large, computationally intensive problems on small data sets. In contrast, Data Grids process large computational problems that in turn require evaluating, mining and producinglarge amounts of data. Replication, creating geographically disparate identical copies of data, is regarded as one of the major optimisationtechniques for reducing data access costs. In this paper, several replication algorithms are discussed. Thesealgorithms were studied using the Grid simulator: OptorSim. OptorSim provides a modular framework within which optimisation strategies can be studied under different Grid configurations. The goal is to explore the stability and transient behaviour of selected optimisationtechniques. We detail the design and implementation of OptorSim andanalyse various replication algorithms based on different Grid workloads. 1 Introduction Within the Grid community much work has been done on providing the basic infrastructure for a typical Grid environment. Globus [3], Condor [1] and recently the EU DataGrid [2] have contributed substantially to core Grid
Automatic Verification of Parameterized Cache Coherence Protocols
, 2000
"... We propose a new method for the verification of parameterized cache coherence protocols. Cache coherence protocols are used to maintain data consistency in commercial multiprocessor systems equipped with local fast caches. In our approach we use arithmetic constraints to model possibly infinite sets ..."
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We propose a new method for the verification of parameterized cache coherence protocols. Cache coherence protocols are used to maintain data consistency in commercial multiprocessor systems equipped with local fast caches. In our approach we use arithmetic constraints to model possibly infinite sets of global states of a multiprocessor system with many identical caches. In preliminary experiments using symbolic model checkers for infinitestate systems based on real arithmetics (HyTech [HHW97] and DMC [DP99]) we have automatically verified safety properties for parameterized versions of widely implemented writeinvalidate and writeupdate cache coherence policies like the Mesi, Berkeley, Illinois, Firey and Dragon protocols [Han93]. With this application, we show that symbolic model checking tools originally designed for hybrid and concurrent systems can be applied successfully to a new class of infinitestate systems of practical interest.
Linear Parametric Model Checking of Timed Automata
, 2002
"... We present an extension of the model checker Uppaal, capable of synthesizing linear parameter constraints for the correctness of parametric timed automata. A symbolic representation of the (parametric) state space in terms of parametric difference bound matrices is shown to be correct. A second cont ..."
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We present an extension of the model checker Uppaal, capable of synthesizing linear parameter constraints for the correctness of parametric timed automata. A symbolic representation of the (parametric) state space in terms of parametric difference bound matrices is shown to be correct. A second contribution of this paper is the identification of a subclass of parametric timed automata (L/U automata), for which the emptiness problem is decidable, contrary to the full class where it is known to be undecidable. Also, we present a number of results that reduce the verification effort for L/U automata in certain cases. We illustrate our approach by deriving linear parameter constraints for a number of wellknown case studies from the literature (exhibiting a flaw in a published paper).
Relative Completeness of Abstraction Refinement for Software Model Checking
, 2002
"... Automated methods for an undecidable class of verification problems cannot be complete (terminate for every correct program). We therefore consider a new kind of quality measure for such methods, which is completeness relative to a (powerful but unrealistic) oraclebased method. More precisely, we a ..."
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Automated methods for an undecidable class of verification problems cannot be complete (terminate for every correct program). We therefore consider a new kind of quality measure for such methods, which is completeness relative to a (powerful but unrealistic) oraclebased method. More precisely, we ask whether an often implemented method known as "software model checking with abstraction refinement" is complete relative to fixpoint iteration with "oracleguided" widening. We show that whenever backward fixpoint iteration with oracleguided widening succeeds in proving a property' (for some sequence of widenings determined by the oracle) then software model checking with a particular form of backward refinement will succeed in proving'. Intuitively, this means that the use of fixpoint iteration over abstractions and a particular backwards refinement of the abstractions has the effect of exploring the entire state space of all possible sequences of widenings.
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.