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[tlaplus] Re: How to understand the concept "step simulation"

(1) Please read the last two sentences of my answer to this question.

(2) TLC neither invents nor proves anything.  TLC can check the 
    correctness of the theorem that asserts implementation on a
    model of the specification.  That theorem is stated in terms 
    of the refinement mapping.  So, you need to find the refinement 
    mapping before you can tell TLC what it should check.

On Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 5:41:55 PM UTC-7, Oliver Yang wrote:
(1) I assume once the necessary mapping is invented, any Inv of the spec will do the job? My initial
interpretation is that finding the Inv will be key of finding the refinement mapping. Based on your
explanation, it seems like it's the other way around. Once we find the mapping, then with any Inv, we
could prove Implementation.

(2) If we will have to invent the mapping, I assume TLC will have to invent the mapping to be able to
prove implementation? I haven't study TLC yet, but I assume it works in a combinatorial way? How
could it be possible for TLC to figure out the refinement mapping, which is conceptual?



On Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 12:52:43 PM UTC-7, Leslie Lamport wrote:
(1) If we remove the Inv from the formula Inv /\ Next => ..., it would assert
    that a step starting in any state that satisfies Next satisfies "..." --
    for example a state in which memQ is a sequence of imaginary numbers.
    I have no idea if that assertion is true for such a starting state.
    However, it suffices to prove the assertion for steps starting in a
    reachable state.  Conjoining the invariant Inv allows you to prove
    the assertion only for reachable states.  You have to choose Inv so
    it asserts what is true about reachable states that makes the
    implication true.  To do this, you have to understand why the theorem
    you're trying to prove is true.

(2) That mapping isn't derived; you have to invent it.  The sentence
    beginning "Intuitively" that starts on line 9 of page 63 tells you
    what condition that substitution must satisfy.  To be able to choose 
    the necessary mapping, y
ou need to understand why the theorem you're 
    trying to prove is true .


On Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 10:53:35 PM UTC-8, Oliver Yang wrote:
Hi All,

In Section 5.8 of book "Specifying Systems", the "Proving Impl" is introduced. I have a rough understanding of refinement mapping, which
essentially maps states of Spec A to the states of Spec B. However, I have a hard time understanding "step simulation".

1) What's the purpose of introducing the invariant Inv in Formula 5.3? What are we trying to achieve here?
2) How do we derive the mapping: omem = vmem, octl = ..., obuf = buf? It looks like we jumped to the conclusion without showing any proof?



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