On the Random Structure of Behavioural Transition Systems

Jan Friso Groote, Remco van der Hofstad, Matthias Raffelsieper


Random graphs have the property that they are very predictable. Even by exploring a small part reliable observations are possible regarding their structure and size. An unfortunate observation is that standard models for random graphs, such as the  Erdos-Renyi model, do not reflect the structure of the graphs that describe distributed systems and protocols. In this paper we propose to use the parallel composition of such random graphs to model `real' state spaces. We show how we can use this structure to predict the size of state spaces, and we can use it to explain that software bugs are in practice far easier to find than predicted by the standard random graph models. By some practical experiments we show that our new random model is an improvement over the standard model in predicting properties of transition systems representing realistic systems.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14279/tuj.eceasst.70.980

DOI (PDF): http://dx.doi.org/10.14279/tuj.eceasst.70.980.957

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