Harnessing SMT Solvers for TLA+ Proofs

Stephan Merz, Hernán Vanzetto


TLA+ is a language based on Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory and linear temporal logic designed for specifying and verifying concurrent and distributed al- gorithms and systems. The TLA+ proof system TLAPS allows users to interactively verify safety properties of these systems. At the core of TLAPS, a proof manager interprets the proof language, generates corresponding proof obligations and passes them to backend provers. We recently developed a backend that relies on a typing discipline to encode (untyped) TLA+ formulas into multi-sorted first-order logic for SMT solvers. In this paper we present a different encoding of TLA+ formulas that does not require explicit type inference for TLA+ expressions. We also present a number of techniques based on rewriting in order to simplify the resulting formulas.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14279/tuj.eceasst.53.766

DOI (PDF): http://dx.doi.org/10.14279/tuj.eceasst.53.766.794

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