# SAT and Model Checking - University of Toronto SAT and Model Checking Bounded Model Checking (BMC) Biere, Cimatti, Clarke, Zhu, 1999 A.I. Planning problems: can we reach a desired state in k steps? Verification of safety properties: can we find a bad state in k steps? Verification: can we find a counterexample in k steps ? What is SAT?

Given a propositional formula in CNF, find if there exists an assignment to Boolean variables :that makes the formula true literals clauses 11==(bb (bb c) c) 22==(b(baa d) d) 33==(b(bbb d) d) ==11 22 33 AA=={a=0, {a=0,b=1,

b=1,c=0, c=0,d=1} d=1} SATisfying assignment! BMC idea Given: transition system M, temporal logic formula f, and user-supplied time bound k Construct propositional formula (k) that is satisfiable iff f is valid along a path of length k Path of length k: I ( s0 ) k1

i0 R( si , si1 ) Say f = EF p and k = 2, then (2) I ( s0 ) R( s0 , s1 ) R( s1 , s2 ) ( p0 p1 p2 ) What if f = AG p ? BMC idea (contd) AG p means p must hold in every state along any path of length k We take (k ) ( I ( s0 ) So (k ) I ( s0 )

k1 k i0 R( si , si1 )) i0 pi k1 k i0 R( si , si1 ) i0 pi That means we look for counterexamples Safety-checking as BMC p is preserved up to k-th transition iff (k) is unsatisfiable: (k ) I ( s0 )

k1 k i0 R(si , si1 ) i0 p p p p s0 s1 s2

... p sk-1 p sk If satisfiable, satisfying assignment gives counterexample to the safety property. Example: a two bit counter Initial state: I : l r 00

11 01 10 l ' (l r ) Transition: R : r ' r Safety property: AG ( l r ) (l 0 r0 ) l1 (l 0 r0 ) r1 r0 (l1 r1 ) (2) : ( l 0 r0 ) l 2 (l1 r1 ) r2 r1 (l r ) 2 2

(2) is unsatisfiable. (3) is satisfiable. Example: another counter 00 11 01 10 l ' l

l ' (l r ) I : l r R: r ' r r ' r l r Liveness property: AF (l r ) Check: EG ( l r )

(2) I ( s0 ) where 1 2 i0 R( si , si1 ) i0( li ri ) loop loop R( s2 , s3 ) ( s3 s0 s3 s1 s3 s2 ) (2) is satisfiable Satisfying assignment gives counterexample to the liveness property What BMC with SAT Can Do All LTL

ACTL and ECTL In principle, all CTL and even mu-calculus efficient universal quantifier elimination or fixpoint computation is an active area of research How big should k be? For every model M and LTL property there exists k s.t. The minimal such k is the Completeness Threshold (CT) How big should k be? Diameter d = longest shortest path from an initial state to any other reachable state. Recurrence Diameter rd = longest loop-free path.

rd d d=2 rd = 3 How big should k be? Theorem: for Gp properties CT = d p s0 Arbitrary path How big should k be? Theorem: for Fp properties CT= rd p p

p p p s0 Open Problem: The value of CT for general Linear Temporal Logic properties is unknown A basic SAT solver Given in CNF: (x,y,z),(-x,y),(-y,z),(-x,-y,-z) Decide() X

X X Deduce() X X Resolve_Conflict() Basic Algorithm Choose the next variable and value. Return False if all variables are assigned

While (true) { if (!Decide()) return (SAT); while (!Deduce()) if (!Resolve_Conflict()) return (UNSAT); } Apply unit clause rule. Return False if reached a conflict Backtrack until no conflict. Return False if impossible DPLL-style SAT solvers

SATO,GRASP,CHAFF,BERKMIN A= empty clause? y UNSAT n Obtain conflict clause and backtrack Branch: add some literal to A

y conflict? n is A total? y SAT The Implication Graph (a b) (b c d) a c b

d Decisions Assignment: a b c d Resolution a b c a c d b c d When a conflict occurs, the implication graph is used to guide the resolution of clauses, so that the same conflict will not occur again. Conflict clauses (a b) (b c d) (b d)

resolve a c (b c ) b Conflict! Conflict! (a c) d resolve Conflict! Decisions Assignment: a b c d

Conflict Clauses (cont.) Conflict clauses: Are generated by resolution Are implied by existing clauses Are in conflict with the current assignment Are safely added to the clause set Many heuristics are available for determining when to terminate the resolution process. Generating refutations Refutation = a proof of the null clause Record a DAG containing all resolution steps performed during conflict clause generation. When null clause is generated, we can extract a proof of the null clause as a resolution DAG.

Original clauses Derived clauses Null clause Unbounded Model Checking A variety of methods to exploit SAT and BMC for unbounded model checking: Completeness Threshold k - induction Abstraction (refutation proofs useful here) Exact and over-approximate image computations (refutation proofs useful here) Use of Craig interpolation

Conclusions: BDDs vs. SAT Many models that cannot be solved by BDD symbolic model checkers, can be solved with an optimized SAT Bounded Model Checker. The reverse is true as well. BMC with SAT is faster at finding shallow errors and giving short counterexamples. BDD-based procedures are better at proving absence of errors. Acknowledgements Exploiting SAT Solvers in Unbounded Model Checking by K. McMillan, tutorial presented at CAV03 Tuning SAT-checkers for Bounded Model Checking and Heuristics for Efficient SAT solving by O. Strichman Slides originally prepared for 2108 by Mihaela Gheorghiu.