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Description - Model Checking by Edmund M. Clarke, Jr.

Model checking is a technique for verifying finite state concurrent systems such as sequential circuit designs and communication protocols. It has a number of advantages over traditional approaches that are based on simulation, testing and deductive reasoning. In particular, model checking is automatic and usually quite fast. Also, if the design contains an error, model checking will produce a counterexample that can be used to pinpoint the source of the error. The method, which was awarded the 1999 ACM Paris Kanellakis Award for Theory and Practice, has been used successfully in practice to verify real industrial designs, and companies are beginning to market commercial model checkers. The main challenge in model checking is dealing with the state space explosion problem. This problem occurs in systems with many components that can interact with each other or systems with data structures that can assume many different values. In such cases the number of global states can be enormous. Researchers have made considerable progress on this problem over the last 10 years. This is the first comprehensive presentation of the theory and practice of model checking. The book, which includes basic as well as state-of-the-art techniques, algorithms and tools, can be used as an introduction to the subject and as a reference for researchers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262032704
ISBN-10: 0262032708
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 178mm x 17mm)
Pages: 330
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Edmund M. Clarke, Jr.

Edmund M. Clarke, a pioneer of the automated method called Model Checking, is FORE Systems Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and a winner of the 2007 Turing Award given by the Association for Computing Machinery.