Trustworthy Systems

Modelling and analysis of AODV in UPPAAL


Ansgar Fehnker, Rob van Glabbeek, Peter Hoefner, Annabelle McIver, Marius Portmann and Wee Lum Tan



Macquarie University

University of Queensland


This paper describes work in progress towards an automated formal and rigorous analysis of the Ad hoc On-Demand Distance Vector (AODV) routing protocol, a popular protocol used in ad hoc wireless networks.

We give a brief overview of a model implemented in the UPPAAL model checker, and describe experiments carried out to explore AODV's behaviour in two network topologies. We were able to locate automatically and confirm some known problematic and undesirable behaviours. We believe this use of model checking as a diagnostic tool complements other formal methods based protocol modelling and verification techniques, such as process algebras. These methods are in particular useful for the discovery of protocol limitations and the development of improved variations.

BibTeX Entry

    address          = {Vancouver},
    author           = {Fehnker, Ansgar and van Glabbeek, Robert and H\"ofner, Peter and McIver, Annabelle and Portmann,
                        Marius and Tan, Wee Lum},
    booktitle        = {1st International Workshop on Rigorous Protocol Engineering},
    month            = oct,
    pages            = {1--6},
    paperurl         = {},
    title            = {Modelling and Analysis of {AODV} in {UPPAAL}},
    year             = {2011}