Verification of Peterson's Algorithm for Leader Election in a Unidirectional Asynchronous Ring Using NuSMV [article]

Amin Ansari
2008 arXiv   pre-print
The finite intrinsic nature of the most distributed algorithms gives us this ability to use model checking tools for verification of this type of algorithms. In this paper, I attempt to use NuSMV as a model checking tool for verifying necessary properties of Peterson's algorithm for leader election problem in a unidirectional asynchronous ring topology. Peterson's algorithm for an asynchronous ring supposes that each node in the ring has a unique ID and also a queue for dealing with storage
more » ... lem. By considering that the queue can have any combination of values, a constructed model for a ring with only four nodes will have more than a billion states. Although it seems that model checking is not a feasible approach for this problem, I attempt to use several effective limiting assumptions for hiring formal model checking approach without losing the correct functionality of the Peterson's algorithm. These enforced limiting assumptions target the degree of freedom in the model checking process and significantly decrease the CPU time, memory usage and the total number of page faults. By deploying these limitations, the number of nodes can be increased from four to eight in the model checking process with NuSMV.
arXiv:0808.0962v1 fatcat:ekp3jomb3bcerns2vozoxwt3cq