Publication details

Schedulers are no Prophets



Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Semantics, Logics, and Calculi
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Informatics

Field Informatics
Keywords schedulers; continuous-time; stochastic automata; stochastic timed automata
Description Several formalisms for concurrent computation have been proposed in recent years that incorporate means to express stochastic continuous-time dynamics and non-determinism. In this setting, some obscure phenomena are known to exist, related to the fact that schedulers may yield too pessimistic verification results, since current non-determinism can surprisingly be resolved based on prophesying the timing of future random events. This paper provides a thorough investigation of the problem, and it presents a solution: Based on a novel semantics of stochastic automata, we identify the class of schedulers strictly unable to prophesy, and show a path towards verification algorithms with respect to that class. The latter uses an encoding into the model of stochastic timed automata under arbitrary schedulers, for which model checking tool support has recently become available.
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