Proving Correctness of Parallel Implementations of Transition System Models


This paper addresses the long-standing problem of program correctness for programs that describe systems of parallel executing processes. We propose a new method for proving correctness of parallel implementations of high-level models expressed as transition systems. The implementation language underlying the method is based on the concurrency model of actors and active objects. The method defines program correctness in terms of a simulation relation between the transition system which specifies the program semantics of the parallel program and the transition system that is described by the correctness specification. The simulation relation itself abstracts from the fine-grained interleaving of parallel processes by exploiting a global confluence property of the concurrency model of the implementation language considered in this paper. As a proof of concept, we apply our method to the correctness of a parallel simulator of multicore memory systems.

ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems (TOPLAS). Just accepted.
Violet Ka I Pun
Violet Ka I Pun
Assoc. Professor