ω-Petri Nets

  • Gilles Geeraerts
  • Alexander Heussner
  • M. Praveen
  • Jean-François Raskin
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7927)


We introduce ω-Petri nets (ωPN), an extension of plain Petri nets with ω-labeled input and output arcs, that is well-suited to analyse parametric concurrent systems with dynamic thread creation. Most techniques (such as the Karp and Miller tree or the Rackoff technique) that have been proposed in the setting of plain Petri nets do not apply directly to ωPN because ωPN define transition systems that have infinite branching. This motivates a thorough analysis of the computational aspects of ωPN. We show that an ωPN can be turned into a plain Petri net that allows to recover the reachability set of the ωPN, but that does not preserve termination. This yields complexity bounds for the reachability, (place) boundedness and coverability problems on ωPN. We provide a practical algorithm to compute a coverability set of the ωPN and to decide termination by adapting the classical Karp and Miller tree construction. We also adapt the Rackoff technique to ωPN, to obtain the exact complexity of the termination problem. Finally, we consider the extension of ωPN with reset and transfer arcs, and show how this extension impacts the decidability and complexity of the aforementioned problems.


Recursive Call Termination Problem Reachability Problem Broadcast Protocol Linear Diophantine Equation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gilles Geeraerts
    • 1
  • Alexander Heussner
    • 2
  • M. Praveen
    • 3
  • Jean-François Raskin
    • 1
  1. 1.Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)Belgium
  2. 2.Otto-Friedrich Universität BambergGermany
  3. 3.Laboratoire Spécification et VérificationENS CachanFrance

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