Practical Automated Partial Verification of Multi-paradigm Real-Time Models

  • Carlo A. Furia
  • Matteo Pradella
  • Matteo Rossi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5256)


This article introduces a fully automated verification technique that permits to analyze real-time systems described using a continuous notion of time and a mixture of operational (i.e., automata-based) and descriptive (i.e., logic-based) formalisms. The technique relies on the reduction, under reasonable assumptions, of the continuous-time verification problem to its discrete-time counterpart. This reconciles in a viable and effective way the dense/discrete and operational/descriptive dichotomies that are often encountered in practice when it comes to specifying and analyzing complex critical systems. The article investigates the applicability of the technique through a significant example centered on a communication protocol. Concurrent runs of the protocol are formalized by parallel instances of a Timed Automaton, while the synchronization rules between these instances are specified through Metric Temporal Logic formulas, thus creating a multi-paradigm model. Verification tests run on this model using a bounded satisfiability checker implementing the technique show consistent results and interesting performances.


Metric temporal logic timed automata discretization dense time bounded model checking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlo A. Furia
    • 1
  • Matteo Pradella
    • 2
  • Matteo Rossi
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Elettronica e InformazionePolitecnico di MilanoItaly
  2. 2.CNR IEIIT-MIMilanoItaly

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