@inproceedings{778,
abstract = {Several Hybrid Transactional Memory (HyTM) schemes have recently been proposed to complement the fast, but best-effort nature of Hardware Transactional Memory (HTM) with a slow, reliable software backup. However, the costs of providing concurrency between hardware and software transactions in HyTM are still not well understood. In this paper, we propose a general model for HyTM implementations, which captures the ability of hardware transactions to buffer memory accesses. The model allows us to formally quantify and analyze the amount of overhead (instrumentation) caused by the potential presence of software transactions.We prove that (1) it is impossible to build a strictly serializable HyTM implementation that has both uninstrumented reads and writes, even for very weak progress guarantees, and (2) the instrumentation cost incurred by a hardware transaction in any progressive opaque HyTM is linear in the size of the transaction’s data set.We further describe two implementations which exhibit optimal instrumentation costs for two different progress conditions. In sum, this paper proposes the first formal HyTM model and captures for the first time the trade-off between the degree of hardware-software TM concurrency and the amount of instrumentation overhead.},
author = {Alistarh, Dan-Adrian and Kopinsky, Justin and Kuznetsov, Petr and Ravi, Srivatsan and Shavit, Nir},
pages = {185 -- 199},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Inherent limitations of hybrid transactional memory}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-48653-5_13},
volume = {9363},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{779,
abstract = {The concurrent memory reclamation problem is that of devising a way for a deallocating thread to verify that no other concurrent threads hold references to a memory block being deallocated. To date, in the absence of automatic garbage collection, there is no satisfactory solution to this problem; existing tracking methods like hazard pointers, reference counters, or epoch-based techniques like RCU, are either prohibitively expensive or require significant programming expertise, to the extent that implementing them efficiently can be worthy of a publication. None of the existing techniques are automatic or even semi-automated. In this paper, we take a new approach to concurrent memory reclamation: instead of manually tracking access to memory locations as done in techniques like hazard pointers, or restricting shared accesses to specific epoch boundaries as in RCU, our algorithm, called ThreadScan, leverages operating system signaling to automatically detect which memory locations are being accessed by concurrent threads. Initial empirical evidence shows that ThreadScan scales surprisingly well and requires negligible programming effort beyond the standard use of Malloc and Free.},
author = {Alistarh, Dan-Adrian and Matveev, Alexander and Leiserson, William and Shavit, Nir},
pages = {123 -- 132},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{ThreadScan: Automatic and scalable memory reclamation}},
doi = {10.1145/2755573.2755600},
volume = {2015-June},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{780,
abstract = {Population protocols are networks of finite-state agents, interacting randomly, and updating their states using simple rules. Despite their extreme simplicity, these systems have been shown to cooperatively perform complex computational tasks, such as simulating register machines to compute standard arithmetic functions. The election of a unique leader agent is a key requirement in such computational constructions. Yet, the fastest currently known population protocol for electing a leader only has linear convergence time, and it has recently been shown that no population protocol using a constant number of states per node may overcome this linear bound. In this paper, we give the first population protocol for leader election with polylogarithmic convergence time, using polylogarithmic memory states per node. The protocol structure is quite simple: each node has an associated value, and is either a leader (still in contention) or a minion (following some leader). A leader keeps incrementing its value and “defeats” other leaders in one-to-one interactions, and will drop from contention and become a minion if it meets a leader with higher value. Importantly, a leader also drops out if it meets a minion with higher absolute value. While these rules are quite simple, the proof that this algorithm achieves polylogarithmic convergence time is non-trivial. In particular, the argument combines careful use of concentration inequalities with anti-concentration bounds, showing that the leaders’ values become spread apart as the execution progresses, which in turn implies that straggling leaders get quickly eliminated. We complement our analysis with empirical results, showing that our protocol converges extremely fast, even for large network sizes.},
author = {Alistarh, Dan-Adrian and Gelashvili, Rati},
pages = {479 -- 491},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Polylogarithmic-time leader election in population protocols}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-47666-6_38},
volume = {9135},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{781,
abstract = {Population protocols, roughly defined as systems consisting of large numbers of simple identical agents, interacting at random and updating their state following simple rules, are an important research topic at the intersection of distributed computing and biology. One of the fundamental tasks that a population protocol may solve is majority: each node starts in one of two states; the goal is for all nodes to reach a correct consensus on which of the two states was initially the majority. Despite considerable research effort, known protocols for this problem are either exact but slow (taking linear parallel time to converge), or fast but approximate (with non-zero probability of error). In this paper, we show that this trade-off between preciasion and speed is not inherent. We present a new protocol called Average and Conquer (AVC) that solves majority ex-actly in expected parallel convergence time O(log n/(sε) + log n log s), where n is the number of nodes, εn is the initial node advantage of the majority state, and s = Ω(log n log log n) is the number of states the protocol employs. This shows that the majority problem can be solved exactly in time poly-logarithmic in n, provided that the memory per node is s = Ω(1/ε + lognlog1/ε). On the negative side, we establish a lower bound of Ω(1/ε) on the expected paraallel convergence time for the case of four memory states per node, and a lower bound of Ω(logn) parallel time for protocols using any number of memory states per node.per node, and a lower bound of (log n) parallel time for protocols using any number of memory states per node.},
author = {Alistarh, Dan-Adrian and Gelashvili, Rati and Vojnović, Milan},
pages = {47 -- 56},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Fast and exact majority in population protocols}},
doi = {10.1145/2767386.2767429},
volume = {2015-July},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{782,
abstract = {In this work, we consider the following random process, mo- Tivated by the analysis of lock-free concurrent algorithms under high memory contention. In each round, a new scheduling step is allocated to one of n threads, according to a distribution p = (p1; p2; : : : ; pn), where thread i is scheduled with probability pi. When some thread first reaches a set threshold of executed steps, it registers a win, completing its current operation, and resets its step count to 1. At the same time, threads whose step count was close to the threshold also get reset because of the win, but to 0 steps, being penalized for almost winning. We are interested in two questions: how often does some thread complete an operation (system latency), and how often does a specific thread complete an operation (individual latency)? We provide asymptotically tight bounds for the system and individual latency of this general concurrency pattern, for arbitrary scheduling distributions p. Surprisingly, a sim- ple characterization exists: in expectation, the system will complete a new operation every Θ(1/p 2) steps, while thread i will complete a new operation every Θ(1/2=p i ) steps. The proof is interesting in its own right, as it requires a careful analysis of how the higher norms of the vector p inuence the thread step counts and latencies in this random process. Our result offers a simple connection between the scheduling distribution and the average performance of concurrent algorithms, which has several applications.},
author = {Alistarh, Dan-Adrian and Sauerwald, Thomas and Vojnović, Milan},
pages = {251 -- 260},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Lock-Free algorithms under stochastic schedulers}},
doi = {10.1145/2767386.2767430},
volume = {2015-July},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{783,
abstract = {The problem of electing a leader from among n contenders is one of the fundamental questions in distributed computing. In its simplest formulation, the task is as follows: given n processors, all participants must eventually return a win or lose indication, such that a single contender may win. Despite a considerable amount of work on leader election, the following question is still open: can we elect a leader in an asynchronous fault-prone system faster than just running a Θ(log n)-time tournament, against a strong adaptive adversary? In this paper, we answer this question in the affirmative, improving on a decades-old upper bound. We introduce two new algorithmic ideas to reduce the time complexity of electing a leader to O(log∗ n), using O(n2) point-to-point messages. A non-trivial application of our algorithm is a new upper bound for the tight renaming problem, assigning n items to the n participants in expected O(log2 n) time and O(n2) messages. We complement our results with lower bound of Ω(n2) messages for solving these two problems, closing the question of their message complexity.},
author = {Alistarh, Dan-Adrian and Gelashvili, Rati and Vladu, Adrian},
pages = {365 -- 374},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{How to elect a leader faster than a tournament}},
doi = {10.1145/2767386.2767420},
volume = {2015-July},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{784,
abstract = {We demonstrate an optical switch design that can scale up to a thousand ports with high per-port bandwidth (25 Gbps+) and low switching latency (40 ns). Our design uses a broadcast and select architecture, based on a passive star coupler and fast tunable transceivers. In addition we employ time division multiplexing to achieve very low switching latency. Our demo shows the feasibility of the switch data plane using a small testbed, comprising two transmitters and a receiver, connected through a star coupler.},
author = {Alistarh, Dan-Adrian and Ballani, Hitesh and Costa, Paolo and Funnell, Adam and Benjamin, Joshua and Watts, Philip and Thomsen, Benn},
isbn = {978-1-4503-3542-3},
location = {London, United Kindgdom},
pages = {367 -- 368},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{A high-radix, low-latency optical switch for data centers}},
doi = {10.1145/2785956.2790035},
year = {2015},
}
@article{473,
abstract = {We prove that nonlinear Gibbs measures can be obtained from the corresponding many-body, grand-canonical, quantum Gibbs states, in a mean-field limit where the temperature T diverges and the interaction strength behaves as 1/T. We proceed by characterizing the interacting Gibbs state as minimizing a functional counting the free-energy relatively to the non-interacting case. We then perform an infinite-dimensional analogue of phase-space semiclassical analysis, using fine properties of the quantum relative entropy, the link between quantum de Finetti measures and upper/lower symbols in a coherent state basis, as well as Berezin-Lieb type inequalities. Our results cover the measure built on the defocusing nonlinear Schrödinger functional on a finite interval, as well as smoother interactions in dimensions d 2.},
author = {Lewin, Mathieu and Phan Thanh, Nam and Rougerie, Nicolas},
journal = {Journal de l'Ecole Polytechnique - Mathematiques},
pages = {65 -- 115},
publisher = {Ecole Polytechnique},
title = {{Derivation of nonlinear gibbs measures from many-body quantum mechanics}},
doi = {10.5802/jep.18},
volume = {2},
year = {2015},
}
@article{477,
abstract = {Dendritic cells are potent antigen-presenting cells endowed with the unique ability to initiate adaptive immune responses upon inflammation. Inflammatory processes are often associated with an increased production of serotonin, which operates by activating specific receptors. However, the functional role of serotonin receptors in regulation of dendritic cell functions is poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that expression of serotonin receptor 5-HT7 (5-HT7TR) as well as its downstream effector Cdc42 is upregulated in dendritic cells upon maturation. Although dendritic cell maturation was independent of 5-HT7TR, receptor stimulation affected dendritic cell morphology through Cdc42-mediated signaling. In addition, basal activity of 5-HT7TR was required for the proper expression of the chemokine receptor CCR7, which is a key factor that controls dendritic cell migration. Consistent with this, we observed that 5-HT7TR enhances chemotactic motility of dendritic cells in vitro by modulating their directionality and migration velocity. Accordingly, migration of dendritic cells in murine colon explants was abolished after pharmacological receptor inhibition. Our results indicate that there is a crucial role for 5-HT7TR-Cdc42-mediated signaling in the regulation of dendritic cell morphology and motility, suggesting that 5-HT7TR could be a new target for treatment of a variety of inflammatory and immune disorders.},
author = {Holst, Katrin and Guseva, Daria and Schindler, Susann and Sixt, Michael K and Braun, Armin and Chopra, Himpriya and Pabst, Oliver and Ponimaskin, Evgeni},
journal = {Journal of Cell Science},
number = {15},
pages = {2866 -- 2880},
publisher = {Company of Biologists},
title = {{The serotonin receptor 5-HT7R regulates the morphology and migratory properties of dendritic cells}},
doi = {10.1242/jcs.167999},
volume = {128},
year = {2015},
}
@article{523,
abstract = {We consider two-player games played on weighted directed graphs with mean-payoff and total-payoff objectives, two classical quantitative objectives. While for single-dimensional games the complexity and memory bounds for both objectives coincide, we show that in contrast to multi-dimensional mean-payoff games that are known to be coNP-complete, multi-dimensional total-payoff games are undecidable. We introduce conservative approximations of these objectives, where the payoff is considered over a local finite window sliding along a play, instead of the whole play. For single dimension, we show that (i) if the window size is polynomial, deciding the winner takes polynomial time, and (ii) the existence of a bounded window can be decided in NP ∩ coNP, and is at least as hard as solving mean-payoff games. For multiple dimensions, we show that (i) the problem with fixed window size is EXPTIME-complete, and (ii) there is no primitive-recursive algorithm to decide the existence of a bounded window.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Doyen, Laurent and Randour, Mickael and Raskin, Jean},
journal = {Information and Computation},
number = {6},
pages = {25 -- 52},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Looking at mean-payoff and total-payoff through windows}},
doi = {10.1016/j.ic.2015.03.010},
volume = {242},
year = {2015},
}
@article{524,
abstract = {We consider concurrent games played by two players on a finite-state graph, where in every round the players simultaneously choose a move, and the current state along with the joint moves determine the successor state. We study the most fundamental objective for concurrent games, namely, mean-payoff or limit-average objective, where a reward is associated to each transition, and the goal of player 1 is to maximize the long-run average of the rewards, and the objective of player 2 is strictly the opposite (i.e., the games are zero-sum). The path constraint for player 1 could be qualitative, i.e., the mean-payoff is the maximal reward, or arbitrarily close to it; or quantitative, i.e., a given threshold between the minimal and maximal reward. We consider the computation of the almost-sure (resp. positive) winning sets, where player 1 can ensure that the path constraint is satisfied with probability 1 (resp. positive probability). Almost-sure winning with qualitative constraint exactly corresponds to the question of whether there exists a strategy to ensure that the payoff is the maximal reward of the game. Our main results for qualitative path constraints are as follows: (1) we establish qualitative determinacy results that show that for every state either player 1 has a strategy to ensure almost-sure (resp. positive) winning against all player-2 strategies, or player 2 has a spoiling strategy to falsify almost-sure (resp. positive) winning against all player-1 strategies; (2) we present optimal strategy complexity results that precisely characterize the classes of strategies required for almost-sure and positive winning for both players; and (3) we present quadratic time algorithms to compute the almost-sure and the positive winning sets, matching the best known bound of the algorithms for much simpler problems (such as reachability objectives). For quantitative constraints we show that a polynomial time solution for the almost-sure or the positive winning set would imply a solution to a long-standing open problem (of solving the value problem of turn-based deterministic mean-payoff games) that is not known to be solvable in polynomial time.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus},
journal = {Information and Computation},
number = {6},
pages = {2 -- 24},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Qualitative analysis of concurrent mean payoff games}},
doi = {10.1016/j.ic.2015.03.009},
volume = {242},
year = {2015},
}
@article{532,
abstract = {Ethylene is a gaseous phytohormone that plays vital roles in plant growth and development. Previous studies uncovered EIN2 as an essential signal transducer linking ethylene perception on ER to transcriptional regulation in the nucleus through a “cleave and shuttle” model. In this study, we report another mechanism of EIN2-mediated ethylene signaling, whereby EIN2 imposes the translational repression of EBF1 and EBF2 mRNA. We find that the EBF1/2 3′ UTRs mediate EIN2-directed translational repression and identify multiple poly-uridylates (PolyU) motifs as functional cis elements of 3′ UTRs. Furthermore, we demonstrate that ethylene induces EIN2 to associate with 3′ UTRs and target EBF1/2 mRNA to cytoplasmic processing-body (P-body) through interacting with multiple P-body factors, including EIN5 and PABs. Our study illustrates translational regulation as a key step in ethylene signaling and presents mRNA 3′ UTR functioning as a “signal transducer” to sense and relay cellular signaling in plants.},
author = {Li, Wenyang and Ma, Mengdi and Feng, Ying and Li, Hongjiang and Wang, Yichuan and Ma, Yutong and Li, Mingzhe and An, Fengying and Guo, Hongwei},
journal = {Cell},
number = {3},
pages = {670 -- 683},
publisher = {Cell Press},
title = {{EIN2-directed translational regulation of ethylene signaling in arabidopsis}},
doi = {10.1016/j.cell.2015.09.037},
volume = {163},
year = {2015},
}
@misc{5429,
abstract = {We consider Markov decision processes (MDPs) with multiple limit-average (or mean-payoff) objectives.
There have been two different views: (i) the expectation semantics, where the goal is to optimize the expected mean-payoff objective, and (ii) the satisfaction semantics, where the goal is to maximize the probability of runs such that the mean-payoff value stays above a given vector.
We consider the problem where the goal is to optimize the expectation under the constraint that the satisfaction semantics is ensured, and thus consider a generalization that unifies the existing semantics.
Our problem captures the notion of optimization with respect to strategies that are risk-averse (i.e., ensures certain probabilistic guarantee).
Our main results are algorithms for the decision problem which are always polynomial in the size of the MDP. We also show that an approximation of the Pareto-curve can be computed in time polynomial in the size of the MDP, and the approximation factor, but exponential in the number of dimensions.
Finally, we present a complete characterization of the strategy complexity (in terms of memory bounds and randomization) required to solve our problem.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Komarkova, Zuzana and Kretinsky, Jan},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {41},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Unifying two views on multiple mean-payoff objectives in Markov decision processes}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:IST-2015-318-v1-1},
year = {2015},
}
@misc{5430,
abstract = {We consider the core algorithmic problems related to verification of systems with respect to three classical quantitative properties, namely, the mean- payoff property, the ratio property, and the minimum initial credit for energy property. The algorithmic problem given a graph and a quantitative property asks to compute the optimal value (the infimum value over all traces) from every node of the graph. We consider graphs with constant treewidth, and it is well-known that the control-flow graphs of most programs have constant treewidth. Let n denote the number of nodes of a graph, m the number of edges (for constant treewidth graphs m = O ( n ) ) and W the largest absolute value of the weights. Our main theoretical results are as follows. First, for constant treewidth graphs we present an algorithm that approximates the mean-payoff value within a mul- tiplicative factor of ∊ in time O ( n · log( n/∊ )) and linear space, as compared to the classical algorithms that require quadratic time. Second, for the ratio property we present an algorithm that for constant treewidth graphs works in time O ( n · log( | a · b · n | )) = O ( n · log( n · W )) , when the output is a b , as compared to the previously best known algorithm with running time O ( n 2 · log( n · W )) . Third, for the minimum initial credit problem we show that (i) for general graphs the problem can be solved in O ( n 2 · m ) time and the associated decision problem can be solved in O ( n · m ) time, improving the previous known O ( n 3 · m · log( n · W )) and O ( n 2 · m ) bounds, respectively; and (ii) for constant treewidth graphs we present an algorithm that requires O ( n · log n ) time, improving the previous known O ( n 4 · log( n · W )) bound. We have implemented some of our algorithms and show that they present a significant speedup on standard benchmarks.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus and Pavlogiannis, Andreas},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {31},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Faster algorithms for quantitative verification in constant treewidth graphs}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:IST-2015-319-v1-1},
year = {2015},
}
@misc{5431,
abstract = {We consider finite-state concurrent stochastic games, played by k>=2 players for an infinite number of rounds, where in every round, each player simultaneously and independently of the other players chooses an action, whereafter the successor state is determined by a probability distribution given by the current state and the chosen actions. We consider reachability objectives that given a target set of states require that some state in the target set is visited, and the dual safety objectives that given a target set require that only states in the target set are visited. We are interested in the complexity of stationary strategies measured by their patience, which is defined as the inverse of the smallest non-zero probability employed.
Our main results are as follows: We show that in two-player zero-sum concurrent stochastic games (with reachability objective for one player and the complementary safety objective for the other player): (i) the optimal bound on the patience of optimal and epsilon-optimal strategies, for both players is doubly exponential; and (ii) even in games with a single non-absorbing state exponential (in the number of actions) patience is necessary. In general we study the class of non-zero-sum games admitting epsilon-Nash equilibria. We show that if there is at least one player with reachability objective, then doubly-exponential patience is needed in general for epsilon-Nash equilibrium strategies, whereas in contrast if all players have safety objectives, then the optimal bound on patience for epsilon-Nash equilibrium strategies is only exponential.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus and Hansen, Kristoffer},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {25},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{The patience of concurrent stochastic games with safety and reachability objectives}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:IST-2015-322-v1-1},
year = {2015},
}
@misc{5432,
abstract = {Evolution occurs in populations of reproducing individuals. The structure of the population affects the outcome of the evolutionary process. Evolutionary graph theory is a powerful approach to study this phenomenon. There are two graphs. The interaction graph specifies who interacts with whom in the context of evolution.The replacement graph specifies who competes with whom for reproduction.
The vertices of the two graphs are the same, and each vertex corresponds to an individual of the population. A key quantity is the fixation probability of a new mutant. It is defined as the probability that a newly introduced mutant (on a single vertex) generates a lineage of offspring which eventually takes over the entire population of resident individuals. The basic computational questions are as follows: (i) the qualitative question asks whether the fixation probability is positive; and (ii) the quantitative approximation question asks for an approximation of the fixation probability.
Our main results are:
(1) We show that the qualitative question is NP-complete and the quantitative approximation question is #P-hard in the special case when the interaction and the replacement graphs coincide and even with the restriction that the resident individuals do not reproduce (which corresponds to an invading population taking over an empty structure).
(2) We show that in general the qualitative question is PSPACE-complete and the quantitative approximation question is PSPACE-hard and can be solved in exponential time.
},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus and Nowak, Martin},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {29},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{The complexity of evolutionary games on graphs}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:IST-2015-323-v1-1},
year = {2015},
}
@misc{5434,
abstract = {DEC-POMDPs extend POMDPs to a multi-agent setting, where several agents operate in an uncertain environment independently to achieve a joint objective. DEC-POMDPs have been studied with finite-horizon and infinite-horizon discounted-sum objectives, and there exist solvers both for exact and approximate solutions. In this work we consider Goal-DEC-POMDPs, where given a set of target states, the objective is to ensure that the target set is reached with minimal cost. We consider the indefinite-horizon (infinite-horizon with either discounted-sum, or undiscounted-sum, where absorbing goal states have zero-cost) problem. We present a new method to solve the problem that extends methods for finite-horizon DEC- POMDPs and the RTDP-Bel approach for POMDPs. We present experimental results on several examples, and show our approach presents promising results.},
author = {Anonymous, 1 and Anonymous, 2},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {16},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Optimal cost indefinite-horizon reachability in goal DEC-POMDPs}},
year = {2015},
}
@misc{5435,
abstract = {We consider Markov decision processes (MDPs) with multiple limit-average (or mean-payoff) objectives.
There have been two different views: (i) the expectation semantics, where the goal is to optimize the expected mean-payoff objective, and (ii) the satisfaction semantics, where the goal is to maximize the probability of runs such that the mean-payoff value stays above a given vector.
We consider the problem where the goal is to optimize the expectation under the constraint that the satisfaction semantics is ensured, and thus consider a generalization that unifies the existing semantics. Our problem captures the notion of optimization with respect to strategies that are risk-averse (i.e., ensures certain probabilistic guarantee).
Our main results are algorithms for the decision problem which are always polynomial in the size of the MDP.
We also show that an approximation of the Pareto-curve can be computed in time polynomial in the size of the MDP, and the approximation factor, but exponential in the number of dimensions. Finally, we present a complete characterization of the strategy complexity (in terms of memory bounds and randomization) required to solve our problem.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Komarkova, Zuzana and Kretinsky, Jan},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {51},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Unifying two views on multiple mean-payoff objectives in Markov decision processes}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:IST-2015-318-v2-1},
year = {2015},
}
@misc{5436,
abstract = {Recently there has been a significant effort to handle quantitative properties in formal verification and synthesis. While weighted automata over finite and infinite words provide a natural and flexible framework to express quantitative properties, perhaps surprisingly, some basic system properties such as average response time cannot be expressed using weighted automata, nor in any other know decidable formalism. In this work, we introduce nested weighted automata as a natural extension of weighted automata which makes it possible to express important quantitative properties such as average response time.
In nested weighted automata, a master automaton spins off and collects results from weighted slave automata, each of which computes a quantity along a finite portion of an infinite word. Nested weighted automata can be viewed as the quantitative analogue of monitor automata, which are used in run-time verification. We establish an almost complete decidability picture for the basic decision problems about nested weighted automata, and illustrate their applicability in several domains. In particular, nested weighted automata can be used to decide average response time properties.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Thomas A and Otop, Jan},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {29},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Nested weighted automata}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:IST-2015-170-v2-2},
year = {2015},
}
@misc{5437,
abstract = {We consider the core algorithmic problems related to verification of systems with respect to three classical quantitative properties, namely, the mean-payoff property, the ratio property, and the minimum initial credit for energy property.
The algorithmic problem given a graph and a quantitative property asks to compute the optimal value (the infimum value over all traces) from every node of the graph. We consider graphs with constant treewidth, and it is well-known that the control-flow graphs of most programs have constant treewidth. Let $n$ denote the number of nodes of a graph, $m$ the number of edges (for constant treewidth graphs $m=O(n)$) and $W$ the largest absolute value of the weights.
Our main theoretical results are as follows.
First, for constant treewidth graphs we present an algorithm that approximates the mean-payoff value within a multiplicative factor of $\epsilon$ in time $O(n \cdot \log (n/\epsilon))$ and linear space, as compared to the classical algorithms that require quadratic time. Second, for the ratio property we present an algorithm that for constant treewidth graphs works in time $O(n \cdot \log (|a\cdot b|))=O(n\cdot\log (n\cdot W))$, when the output is $\frac{a}{b}$, as compared to the previously best known algorithm with running time $O(n^2 \cdot \log (n\cdot W))$. Third, for the minimum initial credit problem we show that (i)~for general graphs the problem can be solved in $O(n^2\cdot m)$ time and the associated decision problem can be solved in $O(n\cdot m)$ time, improving the previous known $O(n^3\cdot m\cdot \log (n\cdot W))$ and $O(n^2 \cdot m)$ bounds, respectively; and (ii)~for constant treewidth graphs we present an algorithm that requires $O(n\cdot \log n)$ time, improving the previous known $O(n^4 \cdot \log (n \cdot W))$ bound.
We have implemented some of our algorithms and show that they present a significant speedup on standard benchmarks. },
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus and Pavlogiannis, Andreas},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {27},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Faster algorithms for quantitative verification in constant treewidth graphs}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:IST-2015-330-v2-1},
year = {2015},
}