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Title: Incremental modelling for verified communication architectures
Author: Boehm, Peter
ISNI:       0000 0004 2727 5717
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2011
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Modern computer systems are advancing from multi-core to many-core designs and System-on-chips (SoC) are becoming increasingly complex while integrating a great variety of components, thus constituting complex distributed systems. Such architectures rely on extremely complex communication protocols to exchange data with required performance. Arguing formally about the correctness of communication is an acknowledged verification challenge. This thesis presents a generic framework that formalises the idea of incremental modelling and step-wise verification to tackle this challenge: to control the overall complexity, features are added incrementally to a simple initial model and the complexity of each feature is encapsulated into an independent modelling step. Two main strategies reduce the verification effort. First, models are constructed with verification support in mind and the verification process is spread over the modelling process. Second, generic correctness results for framework components allow the verification to be reduced to discharging local assumptions when a component is instantiated. Models in the framework are based on abstract state machines formalised in higher order logic using the Isabelle theorem prover. Two case studies show the utility and breadth of the approach: the ARM AMBA Advanced High-performance Bus protocol, an arbiter-based master-slave bus protocol, represents the family of SoC protocols; the PCI Express protocol, an off-chip point-to-point protocol, illustrates the application of the framework to sophisticated, performance-related features of current and future on-chip protocols. The presented methodology provides an alternative to the traditional monolithic and post-hoc verification approach.
Supervisor: Melham, Tom Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Theory and automated verification ; communication protocols ; verification ; theorem proving