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Conference Papers Year : 2007

dmcG: a distributed symbolic model checker based on GreatSPN


We encountered some limits when using the GreatSPN model checker on life-size models, both in time and space complexity. Even when the exponential blow-up of state space size is adequately handled by the tool thanks to the use of a canonization function that allows to exploit system symmetries, time complexity becomes critical. Indeed the canonization procedure is computationally expensive, and verification time for a single property may exceed 2 days (without exhausting memory). Using the GreatSPN model-checking core, we have built a distributed model-checker, dmcG, to benefit from the aggregated resources of a cluster. We built this distributed version using a flexible software architecture dedicated to parallel and distributed model-checking, thus allowing full reuse of GreatSPN source code at a low development cost. We report performances on several specifications that show we reach the theoretical linear speedup w.r.t. the number of nodes. Furthermore, through intensive use of multi-threading, performances on multiprocessors architectures reach a speedup linear to the number of processors.


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hal-00701513 , version 1 (25-05-2012)



Alexandre Hamez, Fabrice Kordon, Yann Thierry-Mieg, Fabrice Legond-Aubry. dmcG: a distributed symbolic model checker based on GreatSPN. 28th International Conference on Petri Nets and Other Models of Concurrency (ICATPN 2007), Jun 2007, Siedlce, Poland. pp.495-504, ⟨10.1007/978-3-540-73094-1_29⟩. ⟨hal-00701513⟩
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