Transition-based coverage estimation for symbolic model checking

Xingwen Xu, Shinji Kimura, Kazunari Horikawa, Takehiko Tsuchiya

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Abstract

Lack of complete formal specification is one of the major obstacles for the deployment of model checking. Coverage estimation addresses this issue by revealing the unverified part of the design according to the specified properties. In this paper we propose a new transition-based coverage metric to evaluate the completeness of properties for symbolic model checking. It is more comprehensive and accurate than the existing coverage metrics for model checking. An efficient symbolic algorithm is presented for computing the transition coverage for a subset of ACTL. Our coverage estimator has been applied to the model checking of a cache coherence protocol. We uncovered several coverage holes including one that eventually led to the discovery of a design bug.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference, ASP-DAC
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
Volume2006
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventASP-DAC 2006: Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference 2006 - Yokohama
Duration: 2006 Jan 242006 Jan 27

Other

OtherASP-DAC 2006: Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference 2006
CityYokohama
Period06/1/2406/1/27

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Xu, X., Kimura, S., Horikawa, K., & Tsuchiya, T. (2006). Transition-based coverage estimation for symbolic model checking. In Proceedings of the Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference, ASP-DAC (Vol. 2006, pp. 1-6). [1594636]