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On Reducing the Global State Graph for Verification ofDistributed Computations

Vijay K. Garg, Arindam Chakraborty

Parallel and Distributed Systems Laboratory

The University of Texas at Austin

- Motivation
- Background: Lattice Theory
- Interval Clocks and Congruences
- Detecting CTL-X predicates
- Optimal Congruence construction
- Conclusion

- Concurrent systems are prone to errors.
- Concurrency, nondeterminism, process and channel failures
Techniques to ensure correctness

- Concurrency, nondeterminism, process and channel failures
- Model Checking and Formal Verification
- Exponential complexity

- Testing and Debugging

- Total order: interleaving of events in a trace
- Partial order: Lamport’s happened-before model

Successful Trace

¬CS1

¬CS2

CS1

CS2

Specification:

CS1 ΛCS2

f1

f2

e2

e1

Partial Order Trace

Faulty Trace

¬ CS1

CS1

P1

e1

e2

¬CS1

CS2

CS1

¬CS2

¬CS2

CS2

P2

f1

e2

f2

e1

f2

f1

{e2, e1, f2, f1, ┴

e1

e2

P1

{e2, e1, f1, ┴}

{e1, f2, f1, ┴}

{e2, e1, ┴}

┴

{e1, f1, ┴}

T

P2

{f1, ┴}

{e1, ┴}

f1

f2

{┴}

G is a (consistent) global state:

(f in G) and (e happened before f)

implies (e in G)

- Given
- a partially ordered trace
- a temporal logic formula

- Determine:
- if the formula is true in the graph of the global states of the trace

- Examples:
- EF:CS(1) /\ CS(2)
- AG:(request(i) => AF:lock(i))

{e2, e1, f2, f1, ┴

e1

e2

P1

{e2, e1, f1, ┴}

{e1, f2, f1, ┴}

{e2, e1, ┴}

┴

{e1, f1, ┴}

T

P2

{f1, ┴}

{e1, ┴}

f1

f2

{┴}

Too many global states : The graph may contain as many as O(kn) global states

- k: maximum number of events on a process
- n: number of processes

- Idea: Reduce the global state graph w.r.t the formula that needs to be verified
- Example: [Alagar, Venkatesan 01]
- To detect a formula of the form EF:B it is sufficient to track only those variables that affect B
B: non-temporal formula (e.g. x > y)

- To detect a formula of the form EF:B it is sufficient to track only those variables that affect B
- This paper:
- How do we extend this result to CTL-X ?

final cut

final cut

final cut

final cut

H

H

H

H

H satisfies EF(p)

H satisfies AF(p)

H satisfies EG(p)

H satisfies AG(p)

p holds

p does not hold

E: some path A: all paths F: eventually G: always

simple predicates:EF(p), AF(p), EG(p), AG(p)

nested predicates: AG(p => AF(q))

- CTL Operators: EF, AF, EG, AG, EU, AU and X.
- X (next-time) is not preserved by state reductions, hence focus on CTL without X
- Example:, ”once a process requests a lock then it eventually gets the lock”, can be expressed as
- EG, AG and AU can be expressed in terms of EF, AF and EU
- Allows specification of path properties

AF:Φ holds in the original graph but not the reduced graph

- Uses the fact that global state graph is a lattice
- Put constraints on the global states that can be merged so that path properties preserved
- Key result
- If the global states are combined using lattice congruences then path properties are preserved

final global state = {a, b, c, d, ┴}

G={a, b, c, ┴}

{a, c, d, ┴}

{a, c, ┴}

{a, b, ┴}

{a, ┴}

{c, ┴}

initial global state = {┴}

The set of global states forms a distributive lattice

- closed under meet and join (union, intersection)
- meet distributes over join

a

b

┴

Τ

c

d

G

- An equivalence relation is a lattice congruence if it preserves meets and joins

- Interval: a maximal sequence of consecutive events on a process such that Φ stays same

- Consistency of intervals
- Global Interval
- Consistent global interval
- Global Interval Lattice

→

- Theorem [Alagar, Venkatesan 01]: There exists a global interval at which a predicate Φ is true if and only if there exists a global state at which Φ is true
- Hence interval clocks can be used to detect EF:B
- Result [this paper]: The global interval lattice formed by interval clocks is a reduced lattice modulo a congruence relation.

- B : any non-temporal formula.
- θ : any lattice congruence that refines the equivalence class induced by B.
- Theorem: AF:B holds in a lattice L iff AF:B holds in L/θ
- Key Lemma [Equivalence of Paths]: For any path in L, there exists an “equivalent” path in L/θ and vice-versa.
- Theorem: E:B1 U B2 holds in a lattice L iff E:B1 U B2 holds in L/θ.
(Note: EG, AG and AU can be expressed in terms of AF, EF and EU)

- Using interval clocks,
- an online algorithm for state space reduction
- Intervals can be computed locally by each process
- A process reports only the relevant events to the monitor process

- Disadvantage:
- Does not give the optimal congruence since each process decides locally

- Centralized Model:
- each process reports every event to the monitor.
- The monitor process has information from every process
- compute exactly which global states need to be added

- Principal Congruence: Given two elements a, b in L, the smallest congruence that puts a and b in the same congruence class is called the principal congruence of a and b, denoted
- Theorem: Given a lattice L and an equivalence relation E on L, the largest congruence that is contained in E is given by:
- x in J(L) if there exists an event e such that x is the least global state that contains e, x* = x – {e}.

- using congruences for the state space explosion problem
- Induce equivalence on the global state graph by the value of the properties evaluated at each state
- find the largest congruence that is contained in this equivalence relation

- Extended property verification using reduced lattices to CTL−X
- An algorithm to compute the optimal congruence

Q & A

and thanks!

- Handle nested temporal formulae using the recursive sub-formulae evaluation technique of model checking
- Say we want to verify
- Interval Clocks will be based on non-temporal predicates p, r
- Model checking algorithms evaluate nested temporal formulae on the global state graph by recursively evaluating all sub-formulae. Given the global interval graph G and the formula Φ, model checking algorithms will return the set of all states which satisfy Φ(say [Φ]).
- We modify model checking so that along with returning [Φ], it also simultaneously labels each state s on the graph by whether Φ is true at s or not.

- Find the set S of all sub-formulae without temporal operators, from the set of properties to be verified on the computation
- Create the global interval lattice L from the computation by using interval clocks with respect to the set S
- Run model checking algorithm on L with the modification that states are labeled in each step as described earlier. Nested temporal formulae, due to state labeling of sub-formulae, can be treated as simple unnested temporal formulae.