Verification of Parameterized Systems with Combinations of Abstract Domains

  • Naghmeh Ghafari
  • Arie Gurfinkel
  • Richard Trefler
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5522)


We present a framework for verifying safety properties of parameterized systems. Our framework is based on a combination of Abstract Interpretation and a backward-reachability algorithm. A parameterized system is a family of systems in which n processes execute the same program concurrently. The problem of parameterized verification is to decide whether for all values of n the system with n processes is correct. Despite well-known difficulties in analyzing such systems, they are of significant interest as they can describe a wide range of protocols from mutual-exclusion to transactional memory. We assume that neither the number of processes nor their statespaces are bounded a priori. Hence, each process may be infinte-state. Our key contribution is an abstract domain in which each element (a) represents the lower bound on the number of processes at a control location and (b) employs a numeric abstract domain to capture arithmetic relations between variables of the processes. We also provide an extrapolation operator for the domain to guarantee sound termination of the backward-reachability algorithm. Our abstract domain is generic enough to be instantiated by different well-known numeric abstract domains such as octagons and polyhedra. This makes the framework applicable to a wide range of parameterized systems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Naghmeh Ghafari
    • 1
  • Arie Gurfinkel
    • 2
  • Richard Trefler
    • 1
  1. 1.David R. Cheriton School of Computer ScienceUniversity of WaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Software Engineering InstituteCarnegie Mellon UniversityUSA

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