Model checking linear properties of prefix-recognizable systems

Orna Kupferman, Nir Piterman, Moshe Y. Vardi

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We develop an automata-theoretic framework for reasoning about linear properties of infinite-state sequential systems. Our framework is based on the observation that states of such systems, which carry a finite but unbounded amount of information, can be viewed as nodes in an infinite tree, and transitions between states can be simulated by finite-state automata. Checking that the system satisfies a temporal property can then be done by an alternating two-way automaton that navigates through the tree. We introduce path automata on trees. The input to a path automaton is a tree, but the automaton cannot split to copies and it can read only a single path of the tree. In particular, two-way nondeterministic path automata enable exactly the type of navigation that is required in order to check linear properties of infinite-state sequential systems. We demonstrate the versatility of the automata-theoretic approach by solving several versions of the model-checking problem for LTL specifications and prefix-recognizable systems. Our algorithm is exponential in both the size of (the description of) the system and the size of the LTL specification, and we prove a matching lower bound. This is the first optimal algorithm for solving the LTL model-checking problem for prefix recognizable systems. Our framework also handles systems with regular labeling.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationComputer Aided Verification - 14th International Conference, CAV 2002, Proceedings
EditorsEd Brinksma, Kim Guldstrand Larsen
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783540439974
StatePublished - 2002
Event14th International Conference on Computer Aided Verification, CAV 2002 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 27 Jul 200231 Jul 2002

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference14th International Conference on Computer Aided Verification, CAV 2002

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