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  • Month: July 2012

    CS Department Seminar, Aly Farahat, PhD Defense

    July 16, 2pm

    Title: Automated Design of Self-Stabilization

    Abstract

    Nowadays, we witness an increasing impact of software system failures due to the
    growing abundance and steady proliferation of software into our daily activities.
    Self-stabilization is a property of a distributed system such that, regardless of the
    legitimacy of its current behavior, the system behavior shall eventually become legitimate and shall remain so thereafter. Despite its elegance, self-stabilization is very difficult to
    design and verify manually. We pursue two approaches towards the automated design of
    self-stabilization. The first approach explores the global state space of distributed
    protocols, through a set of heuristics, to automatically add self-stabilization to these
    protocols. Towards this end, we develop software tools that implement our heuristics and
    obtain existing and new self-stabilizing protocols on various network topologies. The
    second approach investigates the global behavior of a distributed protocol by reasoning
    about the local state space of just one of its components/processes. In particular, we
    provide necessary and sufficient conditions — verifiable in the local state space of every
    process — for global deadlock and livelock-freedom of protocols on ring topologies. Local
    reasoning potentially circumvents state explosion and partial information in distributed
    systems, thereby enabling our assertions about global deadlocks and livelocks to hold for
    rings of arbitrary size.

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