Compositional Synthesis of Modular Systems

Bernd Finkbeiner, Noemi Passing

Given the advances in reactive synthesis, it is a natural next step to consider more complex multi-process systems. Distributed synthesis, however, is not yet scalable. Compositional approaches can be a game changer. Here, the challenge is to decompose a given specification of the global system behavior into requirements on the individual processes. In this paper, we introduce a compositional synthesis algorithm that, for each process, constructs, in addition to the implementation, a certificate that captures the necessary interface between the processes. The certificates then allow for constructing separate requirements for the individual processes. By bounding the size of the certificates, we can bias the synthesis procedure towards solutions that are desirable in the sense that the assumptions between the processes are small. Our experimental results show that our approach is much faster than standard methods for distributed synthesis as long as reasonably small certificates exist.

19th International Symposium on Automated Technology for Verification and Analysis (ATVA 2021).

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