Unrealizable cores for reactive systems specifications

Shahar Maoz, Rafi Shalom

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One of the main challenges of reactive synthesis, an automated procedure to obtain a correct-by-construction reactive system, is to deal with unrealizable specifications. One means to deal with unrealizability, in the context of GR(1), an expressive assume-guarantee fragment of LTL that enables efficient synthesis, is the computation of an unrealizable core, which can be viewed as a fault-localization approach. Existing solutions, however, are computationally costly, are limited to computing a single core, and do not correctly support specifications with constructs beyond pure GR(1) elements. In this work we address these limitations. First, we present QuickCore, a novel algorithm that accelerates unrealizable core computations by relying on the monotonicity of unrealizability, on an incremental computation, and on additional properties of GR(1) specifications. Second, we present Punch, a novel algorithm to efficiently compute all unrealizable cores of a specification. Finally, we present means to correctly handle specifications that include higher-level constructs beyond pure GR(1) elements. We implemented our ideas on top of Spectra, an open-source language and synthesis environment. Our evaluation over benchmarks from the literature shows that QuickCore is in most cases faster than previous algorithms, and that its relative advantage grows with scale. Moreover, we found that most specifications include more than one core, and that Punch finds all the cores significantly faster than a competing naive algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 IEEE/ACM 43rd International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2021
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780738113197
StatePublished - May 2021
Event43rd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2021 - Virtual, Online, Spain
Duration: 22 May 202130 May 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering
ISSN (Print)0270-5257


Conference43rd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Reactive systems specifications
  • Unrealizability


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