Complete Symbolic Simulation of SystemC Models

Efficient Formal Verification of Finite Non-Terminating Programs

  • Vladimir¬†Herdt

Part of the BestMasters book series (BEST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Vladimir Herdt
    Pages 1-6
  3. Vladimir Herdt
    Pages 7-32
  4. Vladimir Herdt
    Pages 53-68
  5. Vladimir Herdt
    Pages 69-95
  6. Vladimir Herdt
    Pages 97-115
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 117-162

About this book


In his master thesis, Vladimir Herdt presents a novel approach, called complete symbolic simulation, for a more efficient verification of much larger (non-terminating) SystemC programs. The approach combines symbolic simulation with stateful model checking and allows to verify safety properties in (cyclic) finite state spaces, by exhaustive exploration of all possible inputs and process schedulings. The state explosion problem is alleviated by integrating two complementary reduction techniques. Compared to existing approaches, the complete symbolic simulation works more efficiently, and therefore can provide correctness proofs for larger systems, which is one of the most challenging tasks, due to the ever increasing complexity.


  • Verification of Systems
  • Introduction to Formal Verification of SystemC Models
  • Symbolic Model Checking with Partial Order Reduction
  • Efficient Symbolic State Matching using State Subsumption
  • Heuristic Approaches for Symbolic State Matching
  • Evaluation of Proposed Techniques

 Target Groups

  • Lecturers and Students of Computer Sciences and Electrical Engineering
  • Hardware Designers and Verification Engineers using SystemC

The Author

Vladimir Herdt is working as Research Assistant in the Group of Computer Architecture at the University of Bremen, where he is pursuing his PhD degree.



Symbolic Execution Formal Verification Stateful Exploration Stateful Model Checking AVPE Algorithm SDPOR Algorithm

Authors and affiliations

  • Vladimir¬†Herdt
    • 1
  1. 1.BremenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer Vieweg, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-12679-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-12680-3
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