Verifying Quantitative Properties using Bound Functions

Arindam Chakrabarti, Krishnendu Chatterjee, Thomas A. Henzinger, Orna Kupferman, and Rupak Majumdar

We define and study a quantitative generalization of the traditional boolean framework of model-based specification and verification. In our setting, propositions have integer values at states, and properties have integer values on traces. For example, the value of a quantitative proposition at a state may represent power consumed at the state, and the value of a quantitative property on a trace may represent energy used along the trace. The value of a quantitative property at a state, then, is the maximum (or minimum) value achievable over all possible traces from the state. In this framework, model checking can be used to compute, for example, the minimum battery capacity necessary for achieving a given objective, or the maximal achievable lifetime of a system with a given initial battery capacity. In the case of open systems, these problems require the solution of games with integer values.

Quantitative model checking and game solving is undecidable, except if bounds on the computation can be found. Indeed, many interesting quantitative properties, like minimal necessary battery capacity and maximal achievable lifetime, can be naturally specified by quantitative-bound automata, which are finite automata with integer registers whose analysis is constrained by a bound function f that maps each system K to an integer f(K). Along with the linear-time, automaton-based view of quantitative verification, we present a corresponding branching-time view based on a quantitative-bound mu-calculus, and we study the relationship, expressive power, and complexity of both views.

Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Correct Hardware Design and Verification Methods (CHARME), Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3725, Springer, 2005, pp. 50-64.

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