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Baumann, Pascal ; Ganardi, Moses ; Majumdar, Rupak ; Thinniyam, Ramanathan S. ; Zetzsche, Georg

Context-Bounded Analysis of Concurrent Programs (Invited Talk)

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Context-bounded analysis of concurrent programs is a technique to compute a sequence of under-approximations of all behaviors of the program. For a fixed bound k, a context bounded analysis considers only those runs in which a single process is interrupted at most k times. As k grows, we capture more and more behaviors of the program. Practically, context-bounding has been very effective as a bug-finding tool: many bugs can be found even with small bounds. Theoretically, context-bounded analysis is decidable for a large number of programming models for which verification problems are undecidable. In this paper, we survey some recent work in context-bounded analysis of multithreaded programs.
In particular, we show a general decidability result. We study context-bounded reachability in a language-theoretic setup. We fix a class of languages (satisfying some mild conditions) from which each thread is chosen. We show context-bounded safety and termination verification problems are decidable iff emptiness is decidable for the underlying class of languages and context-bounded boundedness is decidable iff finiteness is decidable for the underlying class.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Baumann, Pascal and Ganardi, Moses and Majumdar, Rupak and Thinniyam, Ramanathan S. and Zetzsche, Georg},
  title =	{{Context-Bounded Analysis of Concurrent Programs}},
  booktitle =	{50th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2023)},
  pages =	{3:1--3:16},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-278-5},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2023},
  volume =	{261},
  editor =	{Etessami, Kousha and Feige, Uriel and Puppis, Gabriele},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-180559},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2023.3},
  annote =	{Keywords: Context-bounded analysis, Multi-threaded programs, Decidability}

Keywords: Context-bounded analysis, Multi-threaded programs, Decidability
Collection: 50th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2023)
Issue Date: 2023
Date of publication: 05.07.2023

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