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Modeling Asynchronous Message Passing for C Programs

  • Everett Morse
  • Nick Vrvilo
  • Eric Mercer
  • Jay McCarthy
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7148)

Abstract

This paper presents a formal modeling paradigm that is callable from C, the dominant language for embedded systems programming, for message passing APIs that provides reasonable assurance that the model correctly captures intended behavior. The model is a suitable reference solution for the API, and it supports putative what-if queries over API scenarios for behavior exploration, reproducibility for test and debug, full exhaustive search, and other advanced model checking analysis methods for C programs that use the API. This paper illustrates the modeling paradigm on the MCAPI interface, a growing industry standard message passing library, showing how the model exposes errors hidden by the C reference solution provided by the Multicore Association.

Keywords

Model Checking Concurrency Test Debug Validation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Everett Morse
    • 1
  • Nick Vrvilo
    • 1
  • Eric Mercer
    • 1
  • Jay McCarthy
    • 1
  1. 1.Brigham Young UniversityProvoUSA

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