Ignoring nonessential interleavings in assertional reasoning on concurrent programs

  • Pawel Paczkowski
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 711)


An approach allowing one to simplify assertional reasoning on concurrent programs is presented. In the adopted assertional framework, to verify such properties as partial correctness, mutual exclusion, or deadlock freedom, the inductive assertions method is applied to a labelled transition systems representing a program, where concurrency is modelled by action interleavings. In order to tackle the problem of state explosion a notion of reduction of the transition system representing a verified program is introduced, where some transitions and configurations that arise from nonessential interleavings of actions are ignored. To isolate nonessential interleavings, the trace equivalence, in the sense of Mazurkiewicz, is exploited. Decidability of verifying whether a given labelled transition system is a reduction is investigated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pawel Paczkowski
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  1. 1.Instytut MatematykiUniwersytet GdańskiGdańskPoland

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