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Simplifying linearizability proofs with reduction and abstraction. (English) Zbl 1284.68181
Esparza, Javier (ed.) et al., Tools and algorithms for the construction and analysis of systems. 16th international conference, TACAS 2010, held as part of the joint European conferences on theory and practice of software, ETAPS 2010, Paphos, Cyprus, March 20–28, 2010. Proceedings. Berlin: Springer (ISBN 978-3-642-12001-5/pbk). Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6015, 296-311 (2010).
Summary: The typical proof of linearizability establishes an abstraction map from the concurrent program to a sequential specification, and identifies the commit points of operations. If the concurrent program uses fine-grained concurrency and complex synchronization, constructing such a proof is difficult. We propose a sound proof system that significantly simplifies the reasoning about linearizability. Linearizability is proved by transforming an implementation into its specification within this proof system. The proof system combines reduction and abstraction, which increase the granularity of atomic actions, with variable introduction and hiding, which syntactically relate the representation of the implementation to that of the specification. We construct the abstraction map incrementally, and eliminate the need to reason about the location of commit points in the implementation. We have implemented our method in the QED verifier and demonstrated its effectiveness and practicality on several highly-concurrent examples from the literature.
For the entire collection see [Zbl 1185.68007].

MSC:
68N30 Mathematical aspects of software engineering (specification, verification, metrics, requirements, etc.)
68Q85 Models and methods for concurrent and distributed computing (process algebras, bisimulation, transition nets, etc.)
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