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Synthesizing a protocol converter from executable protocol traces

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2 Author(s)
Rajagopal, M. ; IBM Corp., Lexington, KY, USA ; Miller, R.E.

Communicating finite state machines (CFSM's) with FIFO (first in, first out) queues are used to model a protocol converter. A protocol conversion algorithm is developed and presented for the CSFM model of the protocols A and B. A converter H for protocols A=(A0, A1) and B=(B0, B1) is viewed as a black box such that H is between sender A 0 and receiver B1. This gives a resulting protocol X=(A0, H, B1). The conversion algorithm requires a specification of the message relationships between the messages of protocols A and B. It is assumed that protocols A and B have the required progress properties. The algorithm includes a search for related messages from the two protocols in an FIFO from a composite space formed by a Cartesian cross-product of state spaces A1 and B0. The search produces finite-length traces which are combined to form a state machine H, which is examined for freedom from unspecified receptions, deadlocks, and livelocks. A protocol conversion example demonstrates the applicability of the algorithm

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Computers, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

Apr 1991

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