www.prismmodelchecker.org

PRISM-games is an extension of PRISM for probabilistic model checking of stochastic multi-player games.

See the website and read the papers for more information.

PRISM is a probabilistic model checker, a tool for formal modelling and analysis of systems that exhibit random or probabilistic behaviour. It has been used to analyse systems from many different application domains, including communication and multimedia protocols, randomised distributed algorithms, security protocols, biological systems and many others.

Example PRISM graph

PRISM can build and analyse several types of probabilistic models:

  • discrete-time Markov chains (DTMCs)
  • continuous-time Markov chains (CTMCs)
  • Markov decision processes (MDPs)
  • probabilistic automata (PAs)
  • probabilistic timed automata (PTAs)

plus extensions of these models with costs and rewards.

Models are described using the PRISM language, a simple, state-based language. PRISM provides support for automated analysis of a wide range of quantitative properties of these models, e.g. "what is the probability of a failure causing the system to shut down within 4 hours?", "what is the worst-case probability of the protocol terminating in error, over all possible initial configurations?", "what is the expected size of the message queue after 30 minutes?", or "what is the worst-case expected time taken for the algorithm to terminate?". The property specification language incorporates the temporal logics PCTL, CSL, LTL and PCTL*, as well as extensions for quantitative specifications and costs/rewards.

PRISM incorporates state-of-the art symbolic data structures and algorithms, based on BDDs (Binary Decision Diagrams) and MTBDDs (Multi-Terminal Binary Decision Diagrams) [KNP04b, Par02]. It also includes a discrete-event simulation engine, providing support for approximate/statistical model checking, and implementations of various different analysis techniques, such as quantitative abstraction refinement and symmetry reduction.

PRISM is free and open source, released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

To cite PRISM, please use the most recent tool paper, from CAV'11:

Latest News

November 2020: Dave Parker is giving a keynote at iFM 2020 on "Verification with Stochastic Games: Advances and Challenges".
October 2020: We are looking for a motivated Senior Research Associate to play a key role in the ERC funded FUN2MODEL project. Please see here for more details and to apply. The closing date for applications is 12 noon, 1st December 2020, with interviews to be held week commencing 14th December 2020.
September 2020: Marta Kwiatkowska is giving a keynote at KR 2020 on "Probabilistic model checking for strategic equilibria-based decision making".
May 2020: PRISM-games 3.0 is now available, providing concurrent stochastic games, equilibria, real-time models and many new examples.

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