Date: 14 Jun 2005

Using partial orders to improve automatic verification methods

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In this paper, we present a verification method for concurrent finite-state systems that attempts to avoid the part of the combinatorial explosion due to the modeling of concurrency by interleavings. The behavior of a system is described in terms of partial orders (more precisely in terms of Mazurkiewicz's traces) rather than in terms of interleavings. We introduce the notion of “trace automation” which generates only one linearization per partial order. Then we show how to use trace automata to prove program correctness.