### Abstract

An automatic verification system for sequential circuits is described in which specifications are expressed in a propositional temporal logic. In contrast to most other mechanical verification systems, the system does not require user assistance and is quite fast; experimental results show that state machines with several hundred states can be checked for correctness in a matter of seconds. The verification system uses a simple and efficient algorithm, called a model checker. The algorithm works in two steps: in the first step, it builds a labeled state-transition graph; in the second step, it determines the truth of a temporal formula with respect to the state-transition graph. Two different techniques that have been implemented for automatically generating the state-transition graphs are discussed.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 1035-1044 |

Number of pages | 10 |

Journal | IEEE Transactions on Computers |

Volume | C-35 |

Issue number | 12 |

State | Published - Dec 1986 |

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*IEEE Transactions on Computers*,

*C-35*(12), 1035-1044.

**Automatic verification of sequential circuits using temporal logic.** / Browne, Michael C.; Clarke, Edmund M.; Dill, David L.; Mishra, Bhubaneswar.

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*IEEE Transactions on Computers*, vol. C-35, no. 12, pp. 1035-1044.

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