IN5110 – Specification and verification of parallel systems

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Course content

The course covers principles and techniques central to the automatic and formal verification of parallel and concurrent systems. In particular, logics that allow to concisely specify expected behavior, often in terms of temporal logic or related formalism. Furthermore, the lecture tackles the verification or model-checking problem, i.e. how to establish that a system model adheres to a given specification. The lecture also introduces various algorithmic approaches to battle the state-space explosion problem to handle systems with large state spaces.

Learning outcome

After the successful completion of the course you will:

  • have gained an understanding of different established (temporal) logics and their features used to specify reactive behavior
  • have gained insight into the principles and established state-of-the art  techiques for algorithmic analysis of concurrent systems (``model  checking'')
  • have gained in-depth understanding of principles of the  semantics of concurrent systems and their semantics
  • be able to understand further approaches encountered in the scientific literature and adapt analyses to a specific setting, based on the underlying principles covered in the course


Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.


Recommended previous knowledge

IN2010 – Algorithms and Data Structures (former INF2220), IN1150 – Logical MethodsIN2100 – Logic for System Analysis (formerly INF3232/INF3230)


3 hours of lectures each week. The course material is given in lectures with active participation in the lectures. Study of some selected smaller subtopics and its presentation will be decided individually.


Oral exam

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: IN9110 – Specification and verification of parallel systemsINF5140 – Specification and verification of parallel systems (continued)INF9140 – Specification and verification of parallel systems (continued)

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every other autumn starting 2019


Every other autumn starting 2019

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