Active Projects:

 A Framework for Automated Design of Self-Stabilizing Network Protocols (Funded by NSF)

Applications of Mechanical Verification Using Theorem Proving (partially Funded by NSF)

Protocon - Add Convergence to Shared Memory Protocols (partially Funded by NSF)

Towards the Model Checking of the Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) Applications (Funded by NSF)

 

Past Projects:

 

A Large-Scale Framework for Automatic Addition of Fault-Tolerance

The advent of multi-core processors justifies the need for the tools that facilitate the design of parallel programs and decrease development costs. Design automation is an approach that has the potential to decrease development costs. More importantly, design automation results in generating a program that is correct by construction, thereby eliminating the need for its proof of correctness. However, the exponential complexity of automatic design of parallel programs is a major obstacle in front of the development of such tools. One approach for decreasing the computational cost of automated design is to exploit the processing power of parallel/distributed platforms for design automation.

The focus of this work is on the development of a distributed framework for automated design of fault-tolerant parallel programs from their fault-intolerant version. Specifically, we propose a divide-and-conquer approach that takes an existing fault-intolerant program and partitions the intolerant program into a set of subsets of its instructions. Subsequently, each subset of instructions is automatically analyzed and revised in isolation on a separate machine in such a way that the entire program becomes fault-tolerant against a specific type of faults. Based on this approach, thus far, we have implemented a distributed fault tolerance synthesizer (in C++) that utilizes the processing power of parallel/distributed machines to add fault tolerance to parallel/distributed programs. Our experiments with the current implementation of our framework show very promising results.

 

PARallel program DESigner (PARDES):

A Framework for Action-Level Compositional Design of the Behavioral Evolution of Parallel Programs

Program behaviors evolve often due to incomplete specifications and unanticipated requirements. Designing the behavioral evolution of parallel programs is difficult in part due to inherent non-determinism of such programs. In our previous work, we have formulated the behavioral evolution of finite-state parallel programs in terms of adding Linear Temporal Logic (LTL) properties to existing programs, where we revise an existing program in order to satisfy a new (safety or liveness) property while preserving existing properties. We extend our work by presenting a novel approach for decomposing the addition problem to the level of program actions, called action-level addition. In the proposed approach, we separately analyze and revise the actions of an existing program in order to accommodate a new property while preserving already existing properties. Our proposed approach has important applications in distributed model checking and model-driven development as well. Specifically, in model checking, we distribute the actions of a program on network of machines where the actions are analyzed separately so the entire analysis will result in verifying the entire program for a specific LTL property. Our approach provides the option to go one step beyond model checking by providing corrective suggestions to developers. We have implemented our action-level method in an extensible software framework, called PARallel program DESigner (PARDES), that exploits the computational resources of distributed machines for the addition of LTL properties. For more information on PARDES, please click here.

 

 

Modeling, Analysis and Design of Software Fault-Tolerance

In this project, our goal is to develop a methodology for modeling faults and fault-tolerance in UML. Our methodology is aimed at bridging the gap between the theory of fault-tolerance and the development of fault-tolerant systems. Specifically, we are working on the integration of two research areas towards developing a roundtrip engineering framework for automated analysis and design of fault-tolerant (distributed) systems. First, we have previously developed techniques for (i) generating formal specifications from UML models; (ii) analyzing the generated formal specifications, and (iii) visualizing the results of the analysis in the UML models. Second, we have developed a theory of automated synthesis of fault-tolerance concerns supported by a software tool that automatically adds fault-tolerance concerns to existing formal models. The integration of these two areas will result in an integrated environment for modeling, analysis, and code generation for fault-tolerant systems.