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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.
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.
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.
From Timed to Hybrid Systems
"... We propose a framework for the formal speci cation and veri cation of timed and hybrid systems. For timed systems we propose a speci cation language that refers to time only through age functions which measure the length of the most recent timeinterval in which agiven formula has been continuously t ..."
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We propose a framework for the formal speci cation and veri cation of timed and hybrid systems. For timed systems we propose a speci cation language that refers to time only through age functions which measure the length of the most recent timeinterval in which agiven formula has been continuously true. We then consider hybrid systems, which are systems consisting of a nontrivial mixture of discrete and continuous components, such as a digital controller that controls acontinuous environment. The proposed framework extends the temporal logic approach which has proven useful for the formal analysis of discrete systems such as reactive programs. The new framework consists of a semantic model for hybrid time, the notion of phase transition systems, which extends the formalism of discrete transition systems, an extended version of Statecharts for the speci cation of hybrid behaviors, and an extended version of temporal logic that enables reasoning about continuous change.
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...
Halforder Modal Logic: How To Prove Realtime Properties
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF THE NINTH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON PRINCIPLES OF DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING
, 1990
"... We introduce a novel extension of propositional modal logic that is interpreted over Kripke structures in which a value is associated with every possible world. These values are, however, not treated as full firstorder objects; they can be accessed only by a very restricted form of quantificati ..."
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We introduce a novel extension of propositional modal logic that is interpreted over Kripke structures in which a value is associated with every possible world. These values are, however, not treated as full firstorder objects; they can be accessed only by a very restricted form of quantification: the "freeze" quantifier binds a variable to the value of the current world. We present a complete proof system for this ("halforder") modal logic. As a special case, we obtain the realtime temporal logic TPTL of [AH89]: the models are restricted to infinite sequences of states, whose values are monotonically increasing natural numbers. The ordering relation between states is interpreted as temporal precedence, while the value associated with a state is interpreted as its "real" time. We extend our proof system to be complete for TPTL, and demonstrate how it can be used to derive realtime properties.
Improving Linear Constraint Propagation By Changing Constraint Representation
, 2002
"... Propagation based nite domain solvers provide a general mechanism for solving combinatorial problems. Dierent propagation methods can be used in conjunction by communicating through the domains of shared variables. The exibility that this entails has been an important factor in the success of propa ..."
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Propagation based nite domain solvers provide a general mechanism for solving combinatorial problems. Dierent propagation methods can be used in conjunction by communicating through the domains of shared variables. The exibility that this entails has been an important factor in the success of propagation based solving for solving hard combinatorial problems. In this paper we investigate how linear integer constraints should be represented in order that propagation can determine strong domain information. We identify two kinds of substitution which can improve propagation solvers, and can never weaken the domain information. This leads us to an alternate approach to propagation based solving where the form of constraints is modi ed by substitution as computation progresses. We compare and contrast a solver using substitution against an indexical based solver, the current method of choice for implementing propagation based constraint solvers, identifying the relative advantages and disadvantages of the two approaches. In doing so we investigate a number of choices in propagation solvers and their eects on a suite of benchmarks.
On the decidability and complexity of metric temporal logic over finite words
 Logical Methods in Computer Science
, 2007
"... Abstract. Metric Temporal Logic (MTL) is a prominent specification formalism for realtime systems. In this paper, we show that the satisfiability problem for MTL over finite timed words is decidable, with nonprimitive recursive complexity. We also consider the modelchecking problem for MTL: whethe ..."
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Abstract. Metric Temporal Logic (MTL) is a prominent specification formalism for realtime systems. In this paper, we show that the satisfiability problem for MTL over finite timed words is decidable, with nonprimitive recursive complexity. We also consider the modelchecking problem for MTL: whether all words accepted by a given AlurDill timed automaton satisfy a given MTL formula. We show that this problem is decidable over finite words. Over infinite words, we show that model checking the safety fragment of MTL— which includes invariance and timebounded response properties—is also decidable. These results are quite surprising in that they contradict various claims to the contrary that have appeared in the literature. 1.
TwoSorted Metric Temporal Logics
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1995
"... Temporal logic has been successfully used for modeling and analyzing the behavior of reactive and concurrent systems. Standard temporal logic is inadequate for realtime applications because it only deals with qualitative timing properties. This is overcome by metric temporal logics which offer a ..."
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Temporal logic has been successfully used for modeling and analyzing the behavior of reactive and concurrent systems. Standard temporal logic is inadequate for realtime applications because it only deals with qualitative timing properties. This is overcome by metric temporal logics which offer a uniform logical framework in which both qualitative and quantitative timing properties can be expressed by making use of a parameterized operator of relative temporal realization.