Fast LTL to Buchi Automata Translation

Paul Gastin and Denis Oddoux

To appear at 13th Conference on Computer-Aided Verification (CAV01), Paris, France, 18-22 July 2001


Abstract

We present an algorithm to generate Buchi automata from LTL formulae. This algorithm generates a very weak alternating automaton and then transforms it into a Buchi automaton, using a generalized Buchi automaton as an intermediate step. Each automaton is simplified on the fly in order to save memory and time. As usual we simplify the LTL formula before any treatment. We implemented this algorithm and compared it with Spin: the experiments show that our algorithm is much more efficient than Spin. The criteria of comparison are the size of the resulting automaton, the time of the computation and the memory used. Our implementation is available on the web at the following address: http://verif.liafa.jussieu.fr/~oddoux


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