A Comparative Study of BDD Packages for Probabilistic Symbolic Model Checking

Tom van Dijk, Ernst Moritz Hahn, David N. Jansen, Yong Li, Thomas Neele, Mariëlle Stoelinga, Andrea Turrini, Lijun Zhang

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Symbolic data structures using Binary Decision Diagrams (BDDs) have been successfully used in the last decades to analyse large systems. While various BDD and MTBDD packages have been developed in the community, the CUDD package remains the default choice of most of the symbolic (probabilistic) model checkers. In this paper, we provide the first comparative study of the performance of various BDD/MTBDD packages for this purpose. We provide experimental results for several well-known probabilistic benchmarks and study the effect of several optimisations. Our experiments show that no BDD package dominates on a single core, but that parallelisation yields significant speedups.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDependable Software Engineering: Theories, Tools, and Applications - First International Symposium, SETTA 2015, Nanjing, China, November 4-6, 2015, Proceedings
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


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