Automatic Symmetry Detection for Model Checking Using Computational Group Theory [chapter]

A. F. Donaldson, A. Miller
<span title="">2005</span> <i title="Springer Berlin Heidelberg"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="" style="color: black;">Lecture Notes in Computer Science</a> </i> &nbsp;
We present an automatic technique for the detection of structural symmetry in a model directly from its Promela specification. Our approach involves finding the static channel diagram of the model, a graphical representation of channel-based system communication; computing the group of symmetries of this diagram; and computing the largest possible subgroup of these symmetries which induce automorphisms of the underlying model. We describe a tool, SymmExtractor, which, for a given model and LT L
more &raquo; ... property, uses our approach to find a group of symmetries of the model which preserve the property. This group can then be used for symmetry reduction during model checking using existing quotient-based methods. Unlike previous approaches, our method can detect arbitrary structural symmetries arising from the communication structure of the model. Keywords: Promela/SPIN;s y m m e t r yr e d u c t i o n ;m o d e lc h e c k i n g ;c o mmunicating processes; distributed systems; formal modelling; GAP; concurrency.
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