Model Checking of Consensus Algorit

Tatsuhiro Tsuchiya, Andre Schiper
2007 2007 26th IEEE International Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (SRDS 2007)  
We show for the first time that standard model checking allows one to completely verify asynchronous algorithms for solving consensus, a fundamental problem in fault-tolerant distributed computing. Model checking is a powerful verification methodology based on state exploration. However it has rarely been applied to consensus algorithms, because these algorithms induce huge, often infinite state spaces. Here we focus on consensus algorithms based on the Heard-Of model, a new computation model
more » ... computation model for distributed computing. By making use of the high abstraction level provided by this computation model and by devising a finite representation of unbounded timestamps, we develop a methodology for verifying consensus algorithms in every possible state by model checking.
doi:10.1109/srds.2007.20 dblp:conf/srds/TsuchiyaS07 fatcat:ejyppklzpzfbdmusulodarkddu