Soundness of the Quasi-Synchronous Abstraction

Guillaume Baudart 1 Timothy Bourke 1 Marc Pouzet 1
1 Parkas - Parallélisme de Kahn Synchrone
CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique : UMR 8548, Inria Paris-Rocquencourt, DI-ENS - Département d'informatique de l'École normale supérieure
Abstract : We study the link between real-time quasi-periodic architectures where computing units execute 'almost periodically' and the discrete-time quasi-synchronous abstraction that P. Caspi proposed for analyzing them. The simplicity of the abstraction is appealing: the only events are node activations; logical steps account for transmission delays; and no node may be activated more than twice between two successive activations of any other. The motivation is to verify properties of real-time distributed systems in the simpler discrete model. By formalizing the relation between quasi-periodic architectures and the quasi-synchronous abstraction using L. Lamport's happened before relation, we show that the abstraction is sound for systems of two nodes. After showing that the abstraction is not sound for general systems with three or more nodes, we give necessary and sufficient restrictions on communication topologies to recover soundness.
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Guillaume Baudart, Timothy Bourke, Marc Pouzet. Soundness of the Quasi-Synchronous Abstraction. [Research Report] RR-8755, INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt; INRIA. 2015, pp.19. ⟨hal-01175571v2⟩

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