Abstract microarchitectural models of communication fabrics present a challenge for verification. Due to the presence of deep pipelining, a large number of queues and distributed control, the state space of such models is usually too large for enumeration by protocol verification tools such as Murphi. On the other hand, we find that state-of-the-art
model checkers such as
have poor performance on these models since there is very little opportunity for localization and most of the recent capacity advances in
model checking have come from better ways of discarding the irrelevant parts of the model. In this work we explore a new approach for verifying these models where we capture a model at a high level of abstraction by requiring that it be described using a small set of well-defined microarchitectural primitives. We exploit the high level structure present in this description, to automatically strengthen some classes of properties, in order to make them 1-step inductive, and then use an
model checker to prove them. In some cases, even if we cannot make the property inductive, we can dramatically reduce the number and complexity of lemmas that are needed to make the property inductive.