Application of partial-order methods to reactive programs with event memorization

Frédéric Herbreteau*, Franck Cassez, Olivier Roux

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We are concerned in this paper with the verification of reactive systems with event memorization. The reactive systems are specified with an asynchronous reactive language Electre the main feature of which is the capability of memorizing occurrences of events in order to process them later. This memory capability is quite interesting for specifying reactive systems but leads to a verification model with a dramatically large number of states (due to the stored occurrences of events). In this paper, we show that partial-order methods can be applied successfuly for verification purposes on our model of reactive programs with event memorization. The main points of our work are two-fold: (1) we show that the independence relation which is a key point for applying partial-order methods can be extracted automatically from an Electro program; (2) the partial-order technique turns out to be very efficient and may lead to a drastic reduction in the number of states of the model as demonstrated by a real-life industrial case study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-316
Number of pages30
JournalReal-Time Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Composition
  • Event memorizing
  • Partial-order methods
  • Reactive languages
  • Transition systems


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