Modeling and Verification of End-to-End Protocols
Using a simple interface protocol as example, finite state automaton and Petri nets are introduced and compared. The concept of an interface machine is discussed and rejected. The problems related to the transmission medium are introduced.
Hierarchical decomposition of computer networks into layers introduced the concept of end-to-end protocols. Such a protocol requests a global model which includes two local models and a transmission medium model. But the local model must be revisited in order to be usable in practical situation. The state variables of an automaton are supplemented by context variables. For Petri nets, predicates are introduced.
After a detailled comparison of these expanded models, the verification problem is introduced and illustrated with one example.
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