King, Andy and Bryans, Jeremy W.
Using Probability to Reason about Soft Deadlines.
University of Kent, School of Computing, 7 pp.
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Soft deadlines are significant in systems in which a bound on the response time is important, but the failure to meet the response time is not a disaster. Soft deadlines occur, for example, in telephony and switching networks. We investigate how to put probabilistic bounds on the time-complexity of a concurrent logic program by combining (on-line) profiling with an (off-line) probabilistic complexity analysis. The profiling collects information on the likelihood of case selection and the analysis uses this information to infer the probability of an agent terminating within k steps. Although the approach does not reason about synchronization, we believe that its simplicity and good (essentially quadratic) complexity mean that it is a promising first step in reasoning about soft deadlines.
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