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Principles of the Spin Model Checker 2008th Edition

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The Spin model checker is a widely used professional software tool for specifying and verifying concurrent and distributed systems. Models, written in a simple language called Promela, can be simulated randomly or interactively. Spin can generate efficient verifiers that search for a counterexample to correctness specifications applied to a model.

Spin is also a superb tool for teaching important concepts of computer science such as verification, concurrency and nondeterminism. The Promela language is easy to learn, as is the linear temporal logic used for correctness specifications, and the techniques for simulating and verifying models.

Principles of Spin is an introductory book for students and practicing software engineers who wish to learn Promela and Spin. The presentation starts with the verification of sequential programs and proceeds in gradual stages to the verification of concurrent and then distributed programs. Complete programs are used to demonstrate each construct and concept, and the source code of these programs, together with that of longer case studies, are available on the companion website.

The book describes free software that the author has developed: jSpin―an integrated development environment for Spin, SpinSpider―a visualization tool that automatically constructs graphical state diagrams of concurrent programs, and VN―a Spin-based tool for visualizing nondeterminism of finite automata.

Mordechai Ben-Ari is an associate professor in the Department of Science Teaching of the Weizmann Institute of Science. He is the author of numerous textbooks on concurrency, programming languages and logic, and has developed software tools for teaching concurrency. In 2004, Ben-Ari received the ACM/SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2008 edition (January 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846287693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846287695
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,905,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ali Abdulaziz k , Alzubaidi on October 20, 2013
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the book does not provide intensive explanation
what I like about it is just the way it is organised m but as a content , it is not as I expected to help in delivering a real work.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Florian Leitner on July 3, 2008
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I'm a computer science student and have used SPIN during my bachelor thesis. I highly recommend this book to every one who wants's to use SPIN.
The book is written in a straightforward way that can easily be understood.
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