Javier Esparza

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Computer Science - Logic in Computer Science (21)
Computer Science - Distributed; Parallel; and Cluster Computing (4)
Computer Science - Numerical Analysis (3)
Computer Science - Data Structures and Algorithms (3)
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Publications Authored By Javier Esparza

Negotiations are a formalism for describing multiparty distributed cooperation. Alternatively, they can be seen as a model of concurrency with synchronized choice as communication primitive. Well-designed negotiations must be sound, meaning that, whatever its current state, the negotiation can still be completed. Read More

Population protocols are a well established model of computation by anonymous, identical finite state agents. A protocol is well-specified if from every initial configuration, all fair executions reach a common consensus. The central verification question for population protocols is the well-specification problem: deciding if a given protocol is well-specified. Read More

Controller synthesis for general linear temporal logic (LTL) objectives is a challenging task. The standard approach involves translating the LTL objective into a deterministic parity automaton (DPA) by means of the Safra-Piterman construction. One of the challenges is the size of the DPA, which often grows very fast in practice, and can reach double exponential size in the length of the LTL formula. Read More

This paper introduces negotiations, a model of concurrency close to Petri nets, with multi-party negotiations as concurrency primitive. We study two fundamental analysis problems. The soundness problem consists in deciding if it is always possible for a negotiation to terminate successfully, whatever the current state is. Read More

We study Probabilistic Workflow Nets (PWNs), a model extending van der Aalst's workflow nets with probabilities. We give a semantics for PWNs in terms of Markov Decision Processes and introduce a reward model. Using a result by Varacca and Nielsen, we show that the expected reward of a complete execution of the PWN is independent of the scheduler. Read More

We study Colored Workflow nets, a model based on Workflow nets enriched with data. Based on earlier work by Esparza and Desel[arXiv:1307.2145,arXiv:1403. Read More

This volume contains the proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Games, Automata, Logic and Formal Verification (GandALF 2015). The symposium took place in Genoa, Italy, on the 21st and 22nd of September 2015. The proceedings of the symposium contain the abstracts of three invited talks and 13 papers that were accepted after a careful evaluation for presentation at the conference. Read More

We characterize the complexity of liveness verification for parameterized systems consisting of a leader process and arbitrarily many anonymous and identical contributor processes. Processes communicate through a shared, bounded-value register. While each operation on the register is atomic, there is no synchronization primitive to execute a sequence of operations atomically. Read More

Negotiations, a model of concurrency with multi party negotiation as primitive, have been recently introduced in arXiv:1307.2145, arXiv:1403.4958. Read More

We survey some results on the automatic verification of parameterized programs without identities. These are systems composed of arbitrarily many components, all of them running exactly the same finite-state program. We discuss the complexity of deciding that no component reaches an unsafe state. Read More

We continue our study of negotations, a concurrency model with multiparty negotiation as primitive. In a previous paper (arXiv:13072145) we have provided a correct and complete set of reduction rules for sound, acyclic, and (weakly) deterministic negotiations. In this paper we extend this result to all deterministic negotiations, including cyclic ones. Read More

We present a new algorithm to construct a deterministic Rabin automaton for an LTL formula $\varphi$. The automaton is the product of a master automaton and an array of slave automata, one for each $G$-subformula of $\varphi$. The slave automaton for $G\psi$ is in charge of recognizing whether $FG\psi$ holds. Read More

We introduce negotiations, a model of concurrency close to Petri nets, with multiparty negotiation as primitive. We study the problems of soundness of negotiations and of, given a negotiation with possibly many steps, computing a summary, i.e. Read More

We characterize the complexity of the safety verification problem for parameterized systems consisting of a leader process and arbitrarily many anonymous and identical contributors. Processes communicate through a shared, bounded-value register. While each operation on the register is atomic, there is no synchronization primitive to execute a sequence of operations atomically. Read More

When dealing with linear temporal logic properties in the setting of e.g. games or probabilistic systems, one often needs to express them as deterministic omega-automata. Read More

Proving programs terminating is a fundamental computer science challenge. Recent research has produced powerful tools that can check a wide range of programs for termination. The analog for probabilistic programs, namely termination with probability one ("almost-sure termination"), is an equally important property for randomized algorithms and probabilistic protocols. Read More

A class of languages C is perfect if it is closed under Boolean operations and the emptiness problem is decidable. Perfect language classes are the basis for the automata-theoretic approach to model checking: a system is correct if the language generated by the system is disjoint from the language of bad traces. Regular languages are perfect, but because the disjointness problem for CFLs is undecidable, no class containing the CFLs can be perfect. Read More

Recent work by Hermanns et al. and Kattenbelt et al. has extended counterexample-guided abstraction refinement (CEGAR) to probabilistic programs. Read More

Parikh's theorem states that the Parikh image of a context-free language is semilinear or, equivalently, that every context-free language has the same Parikh image as some regular language. We present a very simple construction that, given a context-free grammar, produces a finite automaton recognizing such a regular language. Read More

We study the problem of scheduling tasks for execution by a processor when the tasks can stochastically generate new tasks. Tasks can be of different types, and each type has a fixed, known probability of generating other tasks. We present results on the random variable S^sigma modeling the maximal space needed by the processor to store the currently active tasks when acting under the scheduler sigma. Read More

The increasing use of model-based tools enables further use of formal verification techniques in the context of distributed real-time systems. To avoid state explosion, it is necessary to construct verification models that focus on the aspects under consideration. In this paper, we discuss how we construct a verification model for timing analysis in distributed real-time systems. Read More

The focus of the tool FTOS is to alleviate designers' burden by offering code generation for non-functional aspects including fault-tolerance mechanisms. One crucial aspect in this context is to ensure that user-selected mechanisms for the system model are sufficient to resist faults as specified in the underlying fault hypothesis. In this paper, formal approaches in verification are proposed to assist the claim. Read More

We consider the model checking problem for probabilistic pushdown automata (pPDA) and properties expressible in various probabilistic logics. We start with properties that can be formulated as instances of a generalized random walk problem. We prove that both qualitative and quantitative model checking for this class of properties and pPDA is decidable. Read More