Verification, Model Checking, and Abstract Interpretation

Volume 7737 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 536-554

Compositional Sequentialization of Periodic Programs

  • Sagar ChakiAffiliated withCMU
  • , Arie GurfinkelAffiliated withCMU
  • , Soonho KongAffiliated withCMU
  • , Ofer StrichmanAffiliated withTechnion

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We advance the state-of-the-art in verifying periodic programs – a commonly used form of real-time software that consists of a set of asynchronous tasks running periodically and being scheduled preemptively based on their priorities. We focus on an approach based on sequentialization (generating an equivalent sequential program) of a time-bounded periodic program. We present a new compositional form of sequentialization that improves on earlier work in terms of both scalability and completeness (i.e., false warnings) by leveraging temporal separation between jobs in the same hyper-period and across multiple hyper-periods. We also show how the new sequentialization can be further improved in the case of harmonic systems to generate sequential programs of asymptotically smaller size. Experiments indicate that our new sequentialization improves verification time by orders of magnitude compared to competing schemes.