Deciding properties for message sequence charts

  • Anca Muscholl
  • Doron Peled
  • Zhendong Su
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1378)

Abstract

Message sequence charts (MSC) are commonly used in designing communication systems. They allow describing the communication skeleton of a system and can be used for finding design errors. First, a specification formalism that is based on MSC graphs, combining finite message sequence charts, is presented. We present then an automatic validation algorithm for systems described using the message sequence charts notation. The validation problem is tightly related to a natural language-theoretic problem over semi-traces (a generalization of Mazurkiewicz traces, which represent partially ordered executions). We show that a similar and natural decision problem is undecidable.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anca Muscholl
    • 1
  • Doron Peled
    • 2
    • 3
  • Zhendong Su
    • 4
  1. 1.Institut für InformatikUniversität StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Bell LaboratoriesLucent TechnologiesMurray Hill
  3. 3.School of Computer ScienceCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA
  4. 4.EECS DepartmentUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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