Modelling asynchrony with a synchronous model

  • R. P. Kurshan
  • M. Merritt
  • A. Orda
  • S. R. Sachs
Session 10: Invited Talk
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 939)


The I/O Automaton paradigm of Lynch and Tuttle models asynchrony through an interleaving parallel composition and generalizes more common interleaving models based upon message-passing, such as Hoare's CSP. It is not generally recognized that such interleaving models in fact can be viewed as a special cases of synchronous parallel composition, in which components all move in lock-step. Let A be any set of finite-state I/O Automata drawing actions from a fixed finite set containing a subset Δ, In this article we establish a translation T ∶ A → P to a class of ω-automata P closed under a synchronous parallel composition, for which T is monotonic with respect to implementation relative to Δ, and linear with respect to composition. Thus, for A1,..., A m , B1, ..., B n Σ A and A = A1∥ ⋯ ∥A m , B = B1∥ ⋯ ∥B N , if Δ is the set of actions common to both A and B, then A implements B (in the sense of I/O Automata) if and only if the ω-automaton language containment L(T(A1) ⊗ ⋯ ⊗ T(A m )) ⊂ L(T(B1) ⊗ ⋯ ⊗ T(B n )) obtains, where ∥ denotes the interleaving parallel composition on A and ⊗ denotes the synchronous parallel composition on P. For the class P, we use the L-process model of ω-automata. This result enables one to verify systems specified by I/O Automata through model-checkers such as COSPAN or SMV, that operate on models with synchronous parallel composition. The translation technique generalizes to other interleaving models, although in each case, the translation map must match the specific model. Proofs have been eliminated on account of space limitations. A full version (with all proofs) is available upon request.


Boolean Algebra Internal Action Parallel Composition Fairness Constraint Fair Execution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. P. Kurshan
    • 1
  • M. Merritt
    • 1
  • A. Orda
    • 2
  • S. R. Sachs
    • 3
  1. 1.AT&T Bell LabsMurray HillUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Elec. Eng.TechnionHaifaIsrael
  3. 3.Dept. of Elec. Eng. and CSU. C. BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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