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Replication and Abstraction: Symmetry in Automated Formal Verification
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Received: 27 December 2009; in revised form: 3 March 2010 / Accepted: 4 March 2010 / Published: 14 April 2010
Abstract: This article surveys fundamental and applied aspects of symmetry in system models, and of symmetry reduction methods used to counter state explosion in model checking, an automated formal verification technique. While covering the research field broadly, we particularly emphasize recent progress in applying the technique to realistic systems, including tools that promise to elevate the scope of symmetry reduction to large-scale program verification. The article targets researchers and engineers interested in formal verification of concurrent systems.
Keywords: model checking; state explosion; replication; abstraction; symmetry
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Wahl, T.; Donaldson, A. Replication and Abstraction: Symmetry in Automated Formal Verification. Symmetry 2010, 2, 799-847.
Wahl T, Donaldson A. Replication and Abstraction: Symmetry in Automated Formal Verification. Symmetry. 2010; 2(2):799-847.
Wahl, Thomas; Donaldson, Alastair. 2010. "Replication and Abstraction: Symmetry in Automated Formal Verification." Symmetry 2, no. 2: 799-847.