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Uppaal/DMC- Abstraction-Based Heuristics for Directed Model Checking.

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-71209-1_52 Conference: Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems, 13th International Conference, TACAS 2007, Held as Part of the Joint European Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2007 Braga, Portugal, March 24 - April 1, 2007, Proceedings
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UPPAAL/DMC is an extension of UPPAAL that provides generic heuris- tics for directed model checking. In this approach, the traversal of the state space is guided by a heuristic function which estimates the distance of a search state to the nearest error state. Our tool combines two recent approaches to design such estimation functions. Both are based on computing an abstraction of the system and using the error distance in this abstraction as the heuristic value. The abstrac- tions, and thus the heuristic functions, are generated fully automatically and do not need any additional user input. UPPAAL/DMC needs less time and memory to find shorter error paths than UPPAAL's standard search methods.

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