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Effect of Fairness in Model Checking of Self-stabilizing programs Jingshu Chen, Fuad Abujarad and Sandeep Kulkarni

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Problem Statement Related work Our approach Results Summary

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To verify self-stabilizing programs by symbolic model checking stabilization: – ability of a system to converge in finite number of steps from arbitrary states to desired state. – complex algorithm Symbolic model checking: doesn’t require the designer to have considerable experience in logic reasoning.

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Two actions: x0= xn -> x0=(x0+1) mod K xi!=xi-1 ->xi=x(i-1) Note that: the domain of x is [0,..,K-1] This program is known to be self- stabilizing if K>N. In subsequent discussion, we let K=N+1. p0p0 p1p1 p2p2 p3p3 pnpn pn-1 pipi x0 xn xi xi-1 pi-1

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Legal state: For Process 0 either x[0]=x[n] or x[0]=(x[n]+1) mod K For i=1.. N, either x[i-1]=x[i] or x[i-1]=x[i]+1 p0p0 p1p1 p2p2 p3p3 pnpn pn-1 pipi x0 xn xi xi-1 pi-1

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T’s work has demonstrate feasibility of applying symbolic model checking for verifying self-stabilizing programs. The result shows that verification is feasible only for programs with a small number of process.

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Observation: - the current approach is done under weak fairness computation; - current model checker focus on weak fairness in representation of fairness. Our approach is to verify self-stabilization under unfair computation.

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Verification under weak fairness Two actions: x0= xn -> x0=(x0+1) mod K xi!=xi-1->xi=x(i-1)

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Verification under unfair computation

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Verification Results for the K-state Program(execution time(s)) K=3K=4K=5K=6K=7K=8K=9K=10K=50 Unfair Weakly-fair (1) N/A Weakly-fair(2) N/A Approximate state space 10^110^210^310^410^510^710^810^1010^84 In spite of the improved hardware, the ability to verify self-stabilizing programs under weak fairness remains essentially the same. Scalability of verifying self-stabilization can be significantly improved for the case where the program is correct self-stabilizing without fairness.

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For the case where weak fairness is essential for self-stabilization, – Decomposition – Utilizing the weak version of stabilization-weak stabilization

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Verification results for Huang’s Mutual Exclusion Program n=3n=5n=7n=11n=23n=29n=31 Unfair(le) Unfair(t) Unfair(total) Weak(le)04.15N/A Weak(t) Weak(total)04.79N/A unfair Not Self-stabilization under this model Weak0.17N/A Approximate state space 10^410^1010^1710^3410^9310^12710^138

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Verification Results for the K-state Program(execution time(s)) K=3K=4K=5K=6K=7K=8K=9K=10K=50 Weak stabilization Weakly-fair (1) N/A Weakly-fair(2) N/A Approximate state space 10^110^210^310^410^510^710^810^1010^84 Verification of weak stabilization is substantially more scalable. This result also validates the suggestion in Gouda’s work that weak stabilization is easier to verify than self-stabilization.

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If self-stabilization is possible without fairness then cost of verifying self-stabilization is substantially lower. This is the first paper that has shown feasibility of verifying the typical self-stabilizing programs, e.g., K-state program, with large number of processes. We also identify two approaches for those cases where weak fairness is essential for self- stabilization.

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