Verification of Cache Coherence Protocols wrt. Trace Filters
2015 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
We address the problem of parameterized verification of cache coherence protocols for hardware accelerated transactional memories. In this setting, transactional memories leverage on the versioning capabilities of the underlying cache coherence protocol. The length of the transactions, their number, and the number of manipulated variables (i.e., cache lines) are parameters of the verification problem. Caches in such systems are finite-state automata communicating via broadcasts and shared variables. We augment our system with filters that restrict the set of possible executable traces according to existing conflict resolution policies. We show that the verification of coherence for parameterized cache protocols with filters can be reduced to systems with only a finite number of cache lines. For verification, we show how to account for the effect of the adopted filters in a symbolic backward reachability algorithm based on the framework of constrained monotonic abstraction. We have implemented our method and used it to verify transactional memory coherence protocols with respect to different conflict resolution policies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2015.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-128860ISBN: 978-0- 9835678 -5-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-128860DiVA: diva2:932678
Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design (FMCAD)