Coherent branching feature bisimulation

Tessa Belder
(TU/e, Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
Maurice H. ter Beek
(ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy)
Erik P. de Vink
(TU/e, Eindhoven and CWI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Progress in the behavioral analysis of software product lines at the family level benefits from further development of the underlying semantical theory. Here, we propose a behavioral equivalence for feature transition systems (FTS) generalizing branching bisimulation for labeled transition systems (LTS). We prove that branching feature bisimulation for an FTS of a family of products coincides with branching bisimulation for the LTS projection of each the individual products. For a restricted notion of coherent branching feature bisimulation we furthermore present a minimization algorithm and show its correctness. Although the minimization problem for coherent branching feature bisimulation is shown to be intractable, application of the algorithm in the setting of a small case study results in a significant speed-up of model checking of behavioral properties.

In Joanne M. Atlee and Stefania Gnesi: Proceedings 6th Workshop on Formal Methods and Analysis in SPL Engineering (FMSPLE 2015), London, UK, 11 April 2015, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 182, pp. 14–30.
Published: 12th April 2015.

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