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Formal Verification of Temporal Properties for Reduced Overhead in Grid Scientific Workflows

Jun-Wei Cao1,2 (曹军威), Member, CCF, ACM, Senior Member, IEEE, Fan Zhang3 (张帆), Student Member, IEEE, Ke Xu4 (许可), Lian-Chen Liu3 (刘连臣) and Cheng Wu3 (吴澄)   

  1. 1. Research Institute of Information Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China;
    2. Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology, Beijing 100084, China;
    3. National CIMS Engineering and Research Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China;
    4. Morgan Stanley, Shanghai 200002, China
  • Received:2010-10-29 Revised:2011-09-13 Online:2011-11-05 Published:2011-11-05
  • About author:Jun-Wei Cao received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, in 2001. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in control theories and engineering in 1996 and 1998, re-spectively, both from Tsinghua Uni-versity, Beijing, China. He is cur-rently a professor and vice direc-tor, Research Institute of Informa-tion Technology, Tsinghua University. He is also with Ts-inghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology. He is now a visiting scientist of MIT. Before joining Tsinghua University in 2006, he was a research sci-entist at MIT LIGO Laboratory and NEC Laboratories Eu-rope for about 5 years. He has published over 120 papers, which have been cited by international scholars for over 2200 times. He has authored or edited 5 books and proceedings. His research is focused on advanced computing technologies and applications. Prof. Cao is a Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society and a Member of the ACM and CCF.
    Fan Zhang received the B.S. de-gree in computer science from Hubei Univ. Technology and M.S. degree in control science and engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Au-tomation, Tsinghua University. His research interests include data center networks and grid/cloud computing
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    This work is supported by the National Basic Research 973 Program of China under Grant Nos. 2011CB302805, 2011CB302505, the National High Technology Research and Development 863 Program of China under Grant No. 2011AA040501, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 60803017. Fan Zhang is supported by IBM 2011-2012 Ph.D. Fellowship.

With quick development of grid techniques and growing complexity of grid applications, it is becoming critical for reasoning temporal properties of grid workflows to probe potential pitfalls and errors, in order to ensure reliability and trustworthiness at the initial design phase. A state Pi calculus is proposed and implemented in this work, which not only enables flexible abstraction and management of historical grid system events, but also facilitates modeling and temporal verification of grid workflows. Furthermore, a relaxed region analysis (RRA) approach is proposed to decompose large scale grid workflows into sequentially composed regions with relaxation of parallel workflow branches, and corresponding verification strategies are also decomposed following modular verification principles. Performance evaluation results show that the RRA approach can dramatically reduce CPU time and memory usage of formal verification

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