Michael Weber: Random Bits and Pieces

We have released version 1.3 of LTSmin. The following improvements have been implemented:

  • Regrouping optimizations of the PINS matrix
  • Connection to the CADP toolkit via pins_open
  • Tuning of the BDD usage
  • Significant performance improvements
  • Symbolic deadlock detection and trace output

The source code, installation instructions and manuals are available online:

http://fmt.cs.utwente.nl/tools/ltsmin/

LTSmin is currently being developed by the Formal Methods and Tools group at the University of Twente, The Netherlands.

The previous release was LTSmin 1.2.

Typically Dutch

2009-06-29 :: /fun

I cannot think of something more typically Dutch than transporting your lunch sandwich on a bicycle like this:

Picture showing a sandwich tied to a bicycle luggage rack
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Despite my earlier voiced contempt for MacPorts, I present you build_macports64, a small script which bootstraps a 64-bit MacPorts environment from their SVN repository. No manual intervention is required.

Dependencies: 32-bit MacPorts installed (you want to keep it anyway for the moment), and a configured sudo. By default, it installs to /opt/local64/.

I have the following packages build and installed (here, universal means x86_64):

% port installed
The following ports are currently installed:
  apr @1.3.3_1+universal (active)
  apr-util @1.3.4_1+universal (active)
  bzip2 @1.0.5_2+universal (active)
  curl @7.19.5_0+universal (active)
  db45 @4.5.20_4+universal (active)
  db46 @4.6.21_5+universal (active)
  expat @2.0.1_0+universal (active)
  gettext @0.17_4+universal (active)
  gmake @3.81_0+universal (active)
  gperf @3.0.4_0+universal (active)
  libiconv @1.12_2+universal (active)
  ncurses @5.7_0+universal (active)
  ncursesw @5.7_0+universal (active)
  openssl @0.9.8k_0+universal (active)
  pkgconfig @0.23_1+universal (active)
  popt @1.15_0+universal (active)
  readline @6.0.000_1+universal (active)
  sqlite3 @3.6.14.1_0+universal (active)
  tcl @8.5.6_0+threads+universal (active)
  zlib @1.2.3_2+universal (active)

Sadly, at the moment there are some crucial packages which do not build as x86_64 even if requested (perl, boost). For others, the build just breaks, e.g., because CFLAGS are not passed properly. But that was to be expected, I guess. With more people using it and reporting/fixing bugs, the situation is likely to improve over time.

Screwed

2009-06-14 :: /rants

Some assembly required:

Bag of screws

Evidently, this did not not originate from the IKEA School of Furniture Construction…

Yesterday night, the building we lived in burned down. We escaped with just luck and what we were wearing at the time.

Main point is nobody got hurt. Now we are piecing things back together. SNAFU.

Fire at Marktstraat

(Photo: TC Tubantia)

UPDATE 2009-05-07: Back on Track...

Since May 1st we have a new place to live, in record time even! Drop me an email if you would like to know our new address.

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