Knowledge-Based Synthesis of Distributed Systems Using Event Structures

http://techreports.library.cornell.edu:8081/Dienst/UI/1.0/Display/cul.cis/TR2004-1927
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by Mark Bickford, Robert L. Constable, Joseph Y. Halpern, and Sabina Petride

Cornell University Technical Report 2004-1927, 2004.

Abstract

To produce a program guaranteed to satisfy a given specification one can synthesize it from a formal constructive proof that a computation satisfying that specification exists. This process is particularly effective if the specifications are written in a high-level language that makes it easy for designers to specify their goals. We consider a high-level specification language that results from adding knowledge to a fragment of Nuprl specifically tailored for specifying distributed protocols, called event theory. We then show how high-level knowledge-based programs can be synthesized from the knowledge-based specifications using a proof development system such as Nuprl. Methods of Halpern and Zuck [1992] then apply to convert these knowledge-based protocols to ordinary protocols. These methods can be expressed as heuristic transformation tactics in Nuprl.

Further reading:
http://www.cs.cornell.edu/People/~petride/public_html/knowledge_programs.html