Extending the Rackoff technique to Affine nets

Authors Rémi Bonnet, Alain Finkel, M. Praveen

Thumbnail PDF


  • Filesize: 0.51 MB
  • 12 pages

Document Identifiers

Author Details

Rémi Bonnet
Alain Finkel
M. Praveen

Cite AsGet BibTex

Rémi Bonnet, Alain Finkel, and M. Praveen. Extending the Rackoff technique to Affine nets. In IARCS Annual Conference on Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science (FSTTCS 2012). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 18, pp. 301-312, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2012)


We study the possibility of extending the Rackoff technique to Affine nets, which are Petri nets extended with affine functions. The Rackoff technique has been used for establishing EXPSPACE upper bounds for the coverability and boundedness problems for Petri nets. We show that this technique can be extended to strongly increasing Affine nets, obtaining better upper bounds compared to known results. The possible copies between places of a strongly increasing Affine net make this extension non-trivial. One cannot expect similar results for the entire class of Affine nets since coverability is Ackermann-hard and boundedness is undecidable. Moreover, it can be proved that model checking a logic expressing generalized coverability properties is undecidable for strongly increasing Affine nets, while it is known to be EXPSPACE-complete for Petri nets.
  • Complexity of VASS
  • Affine nets
  • Rackoff technique
  • model checking
  • coverability
  • boundedness


  • Access Statistics
  • Total Accesses (updated on a weekly basis)
    PDF Downloads
Questions / Remarks / Feedback

Feedback for Dagstuhl Publishing

Thanks for your feedback!

Feedback submitted

Could not send message

Please try again later or send an E-mail