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Automatic verification of finitestate concurrent systems using temporal logic specifications
 ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems
, 1986
"... We give an efficient procedure for verifying that a finitestate concurrent system meets a specification expressed in a (propositional, branchingtime) temporal logic. Our algorithm has complexity linear in both the size of the specification and the size of the global state graph for the concurrent ..."
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We give an efficient procedure for verifying that a finitestate concurrent system meets a specification expressed in a (propositional, branchingtime) temporal logic. Our algorithm has complexity linear in both the size of the specification and the size of the global state graph for the concurrent system. We also show how this approach can be adapted to handle fairness. We argue that our technique can provide a practical alternative to manual proof construction or use of a mechanical theorem prover for verifying many finitestate concurrent systems. Experimental results show that state machines with several hundred states can be checked in a matter of seconds.
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.
An Overview of Temporal and Modal Logic Programming
 Proc. First Int. Conf. on Temporal Logic  LNAI 827
, 1994
"... . This paper presents an overview of the development of the field of temporal and modal logic programming. We review temporal and modal logic programming languages under three headings: (1) languages based on interval logic, (2) languages based on temporal logic, and (3) languages based on (multi)mo ..."
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. This paper presents an overview of the development of the field of temporal and modal logic programming. We review temporal and modal logic programming languages under three headings: (1) languages based on interval logic, (2) languages based on temporal logic, and (3) languages based on (multi)modal logics. The overview includes most of the major results developed, and points out some of the similarities, and the differences, between languages and systems based on diverse temporal and modal logics. The paper concludes with a brief summary and discussion. Categories: Temporal and Modal Logic Programming. 1 Introduction In logic programming, a program is a set of Horn clauses representing our knowledge and assumptions about some problem. The semantics of logic programs as developed by van Emden and Kowalski [96] is based on the notion of the least (minimum) Herbrand model and its fixedpoint characterization. As logic programming has been applied to a growing number of problem domai...
The Logical Modelling of Computational MultiAgent Systems
, 1992
"... THE aim of this thesis is to investigate logical formalisms for describing, reasoning about, specifying, and perhaps ultimately verifying the properties of systems composed of multiple intelligent computational agents. There are two obvious resources available for this task. The first is the (largel ..."
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THE aim of this thesis is to investigate logical formalisms for describing, reasoning about, specifying, and perhaps ultimately verifying the properties of systems composed of multiple intelligent computational agents. There are two obvious resources available for this task. The first is the (largely AI) tradition of reasoning about the intentional notions (belief, desire, etc.). The second is the (mainstream computer science) tradition of temporal logics for reasoning about reactive systems. Unfortunately, neither resource is ideally suited to the task: most intentional logics have little to say on the subject of agent architecture, and tend to assume that agents are perfect reasoners, whereas models of concurrent systems from mainstream computer science typically deal with the execution of individual program instructions. This thesis proposes a solution which draws upon both resources. It defines a model of agents and multiagent systems, and then defines two execution models, which ...
A Graphical Interval Logic for Specifying Concurrent Systems
 ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology
, 1994
"... The paper describes a graphical interval logic that is the foundation of a toolset supporting formal specification and verification of concurrent software systems. Experience has shown that most software engineers find standard temporal logics difficult to understand and to use. The objective of ..."
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The paper describes a graphical interval logic that is the foundation of a toolset supporting formal specification and verification of concurrent software systems. Experience has shown that most software engineers find standard temporal logics difficult to understand and to use. The objective of this work is to enable software engineers to specify and reason about temporal properties of concurrent systems more easily by providing them with a logic that has an intuitive graphical representation and with tools that support its use. To illustrate the use of the graphical logic, the paper provides some specifications for an elevator system and proves several properties of the specifications. The paper also describes the toolset and the implementation. 1 Introduction One of the great challenges facing today's software engineers is the development of correct programs for real applications. Recent advances in hardware reliability and fault tolerance technology can assure extremely lo...
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.
A Survey on Temporal Reasoning in Artificial Intelligence
, 1994
"... The notion of time is ubiquitous in any activity that requires intelligence. In particular, several important notions like change, causality, action are described in terms of time. Therefore, the representation of time and reasoning about time is of crucial importance for many Artificial Intelligenc ..."
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The notion of time is ubiquitous in any activity that requires intelligence. In particular, several important notions like change, causality, action are described in terms of time. Therefore, the representation of time and reasoning about time is of crucial importance for many Artificial Intelligence systems. Specifically during the last 10 years, it has been attracting the attention of many AI researchers. In this survey, the results of this work are analysed. Firstly, Temporal Reasoning is defined. Then, the most important representational issues which determine a Temporal Reasoning approach are introduced: the logical form on which the approach is based, the ontology (the units taken as primitives, the temporal relations, the algorithms that have been developed,. . . ) and the concepts related with reasoning about action (the representation of change, causality, action,. . . ). For each issue the different choices in the literature are discussed. 1 Introduction The notion of time i...
BDD variable ordering for interacting finite state machines
 IN PROC. OF THE DESIGN AUTOMATION CONF
, 1994
"... We address the problem of obtaining good variable orderings for the BDD representation of a system of interacting finite state machines (FSMs). Orderings are derived from the communication structure of the system. Communication complexity arguments are used to prove upper bounds on the size of the B ..."
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We address the problem of obtaining good variable orderings for the BDD representation of a system of interacting finite state machines (FSMs). Orderings are derived from the communication structure of the system. Communication complexity arguments are used to prove upper bounds on the size of the BDD for the transition relation of the product machine in terms of the communication graph, and optimal orderings are exhibited for a variety of regular systems. Based on the bounds we formulate algorithms for variable ordering. We perform reached state analysis on a number of standard verification benchmarks to test the effectiveness of our ordering strategy; experimental results demonstrate the e cacy of our approach. The algorithms described in this paper have been implemented in HSIS, a hierarchical synthesis and verification tool currently under development at Berkeley.
Conceptual Modelling of Database Applications Using an Extended ER Model
, 1992
"... In this paper, we motivate and present a data model for conceptual design of structural and behavioural aspects of databases. We follow an object centered design paradigm in the spirit of semantic data models. The specification of structural aspects is divided into modelling of object structures and ..."
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In this paper, we motivate and present a data model for conceptual design of structural and behavioural aspects of databases. We follow an object centered design paradigm in the spirit of semantic data models. The specification of structural aspects is divided into modelling of object structures and modelling of data types used for describing object properties. The specification of object structures is based on an Extended EntityRelationship (EER) model. The specification of behavioural aspects is divided into the modelling of admissible database state evolutions by means of temporal integrity constraints and the formulation of database (trans)actions. The central link for integrating these design components is a descriptive logic based query language for the EER model. The logic part of this language is the basis for static constraints and descriptive action specifications by means of pre and postconditions. A temporal extension of this logic is the specification language for tem...
Automated Temporal Reasoning about Reactive Systems
, 1996
"... . There is a growing need for reliable methods of designing correct reactive systems such as computer operating systems and air traffic control systems. It is widely agreed that certain formalisms such as temporal logic, when coupled with automated reasoning support, provide the most effective a ..."
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. There is a growing need for reliable methods of designing correct reactive systems such as computer operating systems and air traffic control systems. It is widely agreed that certain formalisms such as temporal logic, when coupled with automated reasoning support, provide the most effective and reliable means of specifying and ensuring correct behavior of such systems. This paper discusses known complexity and expressiveness results for a number of such logics in common use and describes key technical tools for obtaining essentially optimal mechanical reasoning algorithms. However, the emphasis is on underlying intuitions and broad themes rather than technical intricacies. 1 Introduction There is a growing need for reliable methods of designing correct reactive systems. These systems are characterized by ongoing, typically nonterminating and highly nondeterministic behavior. Examples include operating systems, network protocols, and air traffic control systems. There is w...