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An incremental approach to reachability analysis of distributed programs

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2 Author(s)
Kuo-Chung Tai ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC, USA ; Koppol, P.V.

We present an incremental approach to reachability analysis of distributed programs with synchronous communication and mailbox naming. Each process in a distributed program can be modeled as a communicating finite state machine (CFSM). A set of CFSMs is organized into a hierarchy. We present an algorithm that, for a given hierarchy of a set M of CFSMs, incrementally composes and reduces subsets of CFSMs in M. This incremental reachability analysis guarantees the detection of global deadlocks. We provide an algorithm for selecting a hierarchy for a set of CFSMs and show an incremental analysis of the gas station problem.

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Software Specification and Design, 1993., Proceedings of the Seventh International Workshop on

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6-7 Dec 1993