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ProB gets Nauty: Effective Symmetry Reduction for B and Z Models

Spermann, Corinna and Leuschel, Michael (2008) ProB gets Nauty: Effective Symmetry Reduction for B and Z Models. In: Proceedings of TASE 2008. IEEE Press, pp. 15-22.

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Symmetry reduction holds great promise to counter the state explosion problem. However, currently it is ``conducting a life on the fringe'', and is not widely applied, mainly due to the restricted applicability of many of the techniques. In this paper we propose a symmetry reduction technique applied to high-level formal specification languages (B and Z). Not only does symmetry arise naturally in most models, it can also be exploited without restriction by our method. This method translates states of a formal model into directed graphs, and then uses graph canonicalisation to detect symmetries. We use the tool nauty to efficiently perform graph canonicalisation, which we have interfaced with the model checker ProB. In this paper we present the general technique, show how states can be translated first into vertex-coloured graphs suitable for nauty. We present empirical results, showing the effectiveness of our method as well as analysing the cost of graph canonicalisation.

Item Type:Book Section
Subjects:Tool developments
Tool developments > Model checking
ID Code:45
Deposited By:Prof Michael Leuschel
Deposited On:04 Nov 2008 09:08
Last Modified:19 Apr 2010 16:05

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