Automated Software Analysis Group

A Dual-Engine for Early Analysis of Critical Systems

  • Author:

    Aboubakr Achraf El Ghazi, Ulrich Geilmann, Mattias Ulbrich, Mana Taghdiri

  • Place:

    Dependable Software for Critical Infrastructures (DSCI), 2011

  • Abstract

    This paper presents a framework for modeling, simulating, and checking properties of critical systems based on the Alloy language -- a declarative, first-order, relational logic with a built-in transitive closure operator. The paper introduces a new dual-analysis engine that is capable of providing both \emph{counterexamples} and \emph{proofs}. Counterexamples are found fully automatically using an SMT solver, which provides a better support for numerical expressions than the existing Alloy Analyzer. Proofs, however, cannot always be found automatically since the Alloy language is undecidable. Our engine offers an economical approach by first trying to prove properties using a fully-automatic, SMT-based analysis, and switches to an interactive theorem prover only if the first attempt fails. This paper also reports on applying our framework to Microsoft's COM standard and the mark-and-sweep garbage collection algorithm.


    author    = {Aboubakr Achraf {El Ghazi} and Ulrich Geilmann and Mattias Ulbrich and Mana Taghdiri},
    title     = {A Dual-Engine for Early Analysis of Critical Systems},
    booktitle = {Workshop on Dependable Software for Critical Infrastructures (DSCI)},
    address   = {Berlin, Germany},
    year      = {2011},
    urn       = {urn:nbn:de:swb:90-422258}