Ten Years of Performance Evaluation for Concurrent Systems Using CADP

Nicolas Coste, Hubert Garavel, Holger Hermanns, Frédéric Lang, Radu Mateescu, and Wendelin Serwe

Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Leveraging Applications of Formal Methods, Verification and Validation, ISoLA 2010 (Heraclion, Crete), Part II


This article comprehensively surveys the work accomplished during the past decade on an approach to analyze concurrent systems qualitatively and quantitatively, by combining functional verification and performance evaluation. This approach lays its foundations on semantic models, such as IMC (Interactive Markov Chain) and IPC (Interactive Probabilistic Chain), at the crossroads of concurrency theory and mathematical statistics. To support the approach, a number of software tools have been devised and integrated within the CADP (Construction and Analysis of Distributed Processes) toolbox. These tools provide various functionalities, ranging from state space generation (Caesar and Exp.Open), state space minimization (Bcg_Min and Determinator), numerical analysis (Bcg_Steady and Bcg_Transient), to simulation (Cunctator). Several applications of increasing complexity have been successfully handled using these tools, namely the Hubble telescope lifetime prediction, performance comparison of mutual exclusion protocols, the SCSI-2 bus arbitration protocol, the Send/Receive and Barrier primitives of MPI (Message Passing Interface) implemented on a cache-coherent multiprocessor architecture, and the xSTream multiprocessor data-flow architecture for embedded multimedia streaming applications.

15 pages

Slides of F. Lang's lecture at ISoLA 2010: