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A Theory for Protocol Validation

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1 Author(s)
Holzmann, G.J. ; Department of Electrical Engineering, Delft University of Technology

This paper introduces a simple algebra for the validation of communication protocols in message passing systems. The behavior of each process participating in a communication is first modeled in a finite state machine. The symbol sequences that can be accepted by these machines are then expressed in "protocol expressions," which are defined as regular expressions extended with two new operators: division and multiplication. The interactions of the machines can be analyzed by combining protocol expressions via multiplication and algebraically manipulating the terms.

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Computers, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:C-31 ,  Issue: 8 )