Madhavan Mukund

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Message Sequence Charts (MSCs) are an attractive visual formalism widely used to capture system requirements during the early design stages in domains such as telecommunication software. It is fruitful to have mechanisms for specifying and reasoning about collections of MSCs so that errors can be detected even at the requirements level. We propose,(More)
Message Sequence Charts (MSCs) are an attractive visual formalism widely used to capture system requirements during the early design stages in domains such as telecommunication software. A standard method to describe multiple communication scenarios is to use message sequence graphs (MSGs). A message sequence graph allows the protocol designer to write a(More)
 We tackle a natural problem from distributed computing, involving time-stamps. Let ?={p 1, p 2, …, p N } be a set of computing agents or processes which synchronize with each other from time to time and exchange information about themselves and others. The gossip problem is the following: Whenever a set P⊆? meets, the processes in P must decide amongst(More)
Message Sequence Charts (MSCs) are an attractive visual formalism used during the early stages of design in domains such as telecommunication software. A popular mechanism for generating a collection of MSCs is a Hierarchical Message Sequence Chart (HMSC). However, not all HMSCs describe collections of MSCs that can be “realized” as a finite-state device.(More)
We propose a model of distributed timed systems where each component is a timed automaton with a set of local clocks that evolve at a rate independent of the clocks of the other components. A clock can be read by any component in the system, but it can only be reset by the automaton it belongs to. There are two natural semantics for such systems. The(More)
We define a new notation called netcharts for describing sets of message sequence chart scenarios (MSCs). Netcharts correspond to a distributed version of High-level Message Sequence Charts (HMSCs). Netcharts improve on HMSCs in two respects. (i) Netcharts admit a natural and direct translation into communicating finite-state machines, unlike HMSCs, for(More)