Sylvan: Multi-Core Decision Diagrams



Published in: TACAS 2015 pp 677–691

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-46681-0_60



Decision diagrams such as binary decision diagrams and multi-valued decision diagrams play an important role in various fields, including symbolic model checking. An ongoing challenge is to develop datastructures and algorithms for modern multi-core architectures. The BDD package Sylvan provides one contribution by implementing parallelized BDD operations and thus allowing sequential algorithms to exploit the power of multi-core machines.

We present several extensions to Sylvan. We implement parallel operations on list decision diagrams, a variant of multi-valued decision diagrams that is useful for symbolic model checking. We also substitute several core components of Sylvan by new designs, such as the work-stealing framework, the unique table and the operation cache. Furthermore, we combine parallel operations with parallelization on a higher level, by partitioning the transition relation. We show that this results in an improved speedup using the model checking toolset ltsmin. We also demonstrate that the parallelization of symbolic model checking for explicit-state modeling languages with an on-the-fly next-state function, as supported by ltsmin, scales well.

BibTeX entry:

 author = {Tom van Dijk and Jaco van de Pol},
 booktitle = {TACAS 2015},
 doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-46681-0_60},
 pages = {677--691},
 title = {{Sylvan: Multi-Core Decision Diagrams}},
 year = {2015}