A Partial-Order Approach to Model Checking

  • Javier Esparza
  • Keijo Heljanko

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Javier Esparza, Dr. Keijo Heljanko
    Pages 1-4
  3. Javier Esparza, Dr. Keijo Heljanko
    Pages 5-12
  4. Javier Esparza, Dr. Keijo Heljanko
    Pages 13-40
  5. Javier Esparza, Dr. Keijo Heljanko
    Pages 41-72
  6. Javier Esparza, Dr. Keijo Heljanko
    Pages 73-96
  7. Javier Esparza, Dr. Keijo Heljanko
    Pages 97-106
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    Pages 107-124
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    Pages 125-149
  10. Javier Esparza, Dr. Keijo Heljanko
    Pages 151-156
  11. Back Matter

About this book


Model checking is a prominent technique used in the hardware and software industries for automatic verification. While it is very successful in finding subtle bugs in distributed systems, it faces the state explosion problem - the number of reachable states grows exponentially in the number of concurrent components.

In this book the authors introduce unfoldings, an approach to model checking which alleviates the state explosion problem by means of concurrency theory. They offer a gentle introduction to the basics of the method, and in particular they detail an unfolding-based algorithm for model checking concurrent systems against properties specified as formulas of linear temporal logic (LTL). Self-contained chapters cover transition systems and their products; unfolding products; search procedures for basic verification problems, such as reachability and livelocks; and model checking LTL. The final chapter summarizes the results of the book, and points the reader to tools and case studies.

The book will be of value to researchers and graduate students engaged in automatic verification and concurrency theory.


Algorithms Automat algorithm distributed systems logic model checking verification

Authors and affiliations

  • Javier Esparza
    • 1
  • Keijo Heljanko
    • 2
  1. 1.Chair for Foundations of Software Reliability and Theoretical Computer ScienceTechnische Universität MünchenMunichGermany
  2. 2.Department of Information and Computer ScienceHelsinki University of Technology (TKK)Finland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-77425-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-77426-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-2654
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