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Esparza, Javier ; Ganty, Pierre ; Leroux, Jérôme ; Majumdar, Rupak

Verification of Population Protocols

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Population protocols [Angluin et al., PODC, 2004] are a formal model of sensor networks consisting of identical mobile devices. Two devices can interact and thereby change their states. Computations are infinite sequences of interactions satisfying a strong fairness constraint.

A population protocol is well-specified if for every initial configuration C of devices, and every computation starting at C, all devices eventually agree on a consensus value depending only on C. If a protocol is well-specified, then it is said to compute the predicate that assigns to each initial configuration its consensus value.

While the predicates computable by well-specified protocols have been extensively studied, the two basic verification problems remain open: is a given protocol well-specified? Does a protocol compute a given predicate? We prove that both problems are decidable. Our results also prove decidability of a natural question about home spaces of Petri nets.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Javier Esparza and Pierre Ganty and J{\'e}r{\^o}me Leroux and Rupak Majumdar},
  title =	{{Verification of Population Protocols}},
  booktitle =	{26th International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2015)},
  pages =	{470--482},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-939897-91-0},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2015},
  volume =	{42},
  editor =	{Luca Aceto and David de Frutos Escrig},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-53770},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2015.470},
  annote =	{Keywords: Population protocols, Petri nets, parametrized verification}

Keywords: Population protocols, Petri nets, parametrized verification
Collection: 26th International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2015)
Issue Date: 2015
Date of publication: 26.08.2015

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