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Modelling and analysis of AODV in UPPAAL

Authors

Ansgar Fehnker, Rob van Glabbeek, Peter Hoefner, Annabelle McIver, Marius Portmann and Wee Lum Tan

NICTA

UNSW

Macquarie University

University of Queensland

Abstract

This paper describes work in progress towards an automated formal and rigorous analysis of the Ad hoc On-Demand Distance Vector (AODV) routing protocol, a popular protocol used in ad hoc wireless networks.

We give a brief overview of a model implemented in the UPPAAL model checker, and describe experiments carried out to explore AODV's behaviour in two network topologies. We were able to locate automatically and confirm some known problematic and undesirable behaviours. We believe this use of model checking as a diagnostic tool complements other formal methods based protocol modelling and verification techniques, such as process algebras. These methods are in particular useful for the discovery of protocol limitations and the development of improved variations.

BibTeX Entry

  @inproceedings{Fehnker_GHMPT_11,
    author           = {Fehnker, Ansgar and van Glabbeek, Robert and Höfner, Peter and McIver, Annabelle and Portmann,
                        Marius and Tan, Wee Lum},
    month            = oct,
    year             = {2011},
    title            = {Modelling and Analysis of {AODV} in {UPPAAL}},
    booktitle        = {1st International Workshop on Rigorous Protocol Engineering},
    pages            = {1-6},
    address          = {Vancouver}
  }

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