Designing Reliable Distributed Systems

A Formal Methods Approach Based on Executable Modeling in Maude

  • Peter Csaba Ölveczky

Part of the Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science book series (UTICS)

Table of contents

  1. Back Matter
    Pages 299-313

About this book


This classroom-tested textbook provides an accessible introduction to the design, formal modeling, and analysis of distributed computer systems. The book uses Maude, a rewriting logic-based language and simulation and model checking tool, which offers a simple and intuitive modeling formalism that is suitable for modeling distributed systems in an attractive object-oriented and functional programming style.

Topics and features:

  • Introduces classical algebraic specification and term rewriting theory, including reasoning about termination, confluence, and equational properties
  • Covers object-oriented modeling of distributed systems using rewriting logic, as well as temporal logic to specify requirements that a system should satisfy
  • Provides a range of examples and case studies from different domains, to help the reader to develop an intuitive understanding of distributed systems and their design challenges
  • Examples include classic distributed systems such as transport protocols, cryptographic protocols, and distributed transactions, leader election, and mutual execution algorithms
  • Contains a wealth of exercises, including larger exercises suitable for course projects, and supplies executable code and supplementary material at an associated website

This self-contained textbook is designed to support undergraduate courses on formal methods and distributed systems, and will prove invaluable to any student seeking a reader-friendly introduction to formal specification, logics and inference systems, and automated model checking techniques.

Dr. Peter Csaba Ölveczky is a Professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo, Norway.




Abstract Data Types Algebraic and Order-Sorted Specification Communication and Cryptographic Protocols Confluence and Termination Equational and Rewriting Logic Inductive Theorems Model Checking Object-Oriented Modeling Quick-Sort and Merge-Sort Reachability Analysis Simplification and Path Orderings Simulation Temporal Logic Term Rewriting System

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Csaba Ölveczky
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OsloOsloNorway

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-6686-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-6687-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1863-7310
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-1781
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