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[CBGP08] Frank Ciesinski, Christel Baier, Marcus Groesser and David Parker. Generating Compact MTBDD-Representations from Probmela Specifications. In Proc. 15th International SPIN Workshop on Model Checking of Software (SPIN'08), volume 5156 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 60-76, Springer. August 2008. [pdf] [bib] [Presents techniques for efficient translation of Probmela models into the PRISM modelling language.]
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Abstract. The purpose of the paper is to provide an automatic transformation of parallel programs of an imperative probabilistic guarded command language (called Probmela) into probabilistic reactive module specifications. The latter serve as basis for the input language of the symbolic MTBDD-based probabilistic model checker PRISM, while Probmela is the modeling language of the model checker LiQuor which relies on an enumerative approach and supports partial order reduction and other reduction techniques. By providing the link between the model checkers PRISM and LiQuor, our translation supports comparative studies of different verification paradigms and can serve to use the (more comfortable) guarded command language for a MTBDD-based quantitative analysis. The challenges were (1) to ensure that the translation preserves the Markov decision process semantics, (2) the efficiency of the translation and (3) the compactness of the symbolic BDD-representation of the generated PRISM-language specifications.

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