Automatic verification for a class of distributed systems

G. Manduchi, M. Moro

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Abstract

The paper presents a new analysis method for a class of concurrent systems which are formed of several interacting components with the same structure. The model for these systems is composed of a control process and a set of homogeneous user processes. The control and user processes are modeled by finite labeled state transition systems which interact by means of enabling functions and triggering mechanisms. Based on this structure, an analysis method is presented which allows system properties, derived by reachability analysis for a finite number of user processes, to be generalized to an arbitrary number of user processes. A procedure for the automatic verification of properties such as mutual exclusion and absence of deadlocks is presented and is then used to provide for the first time a fully automated verification of the Lamport's fast mutual exclusion algorithm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127 - 143
Number of pages17
JournalDistributed Computing
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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