Een Gedistribueerd Logisch-Reactief Programmeermodel en diens Toepassing voor het Monitoren van Veiligheid

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis


Processes in the world are increasingly managed by software systems that
are centered around the notion of events. For instance, banking software
responds to the occurrence of financial transaction events and parcel services
respond to the arrival event of a package at a depot. To, e.g., identify fraud in
a series of financial transactions, multiple transaction events must be correlated.
How to efficiently extract patterns from a stream of events — in an online
fashion — is an active research topic. The state of the art enables extracting
complex patterns from large streams, or performing simple processing with
predictable latency. There are, however, no techniques which combine expressive event correlation mechanisms with guaranteed upper bounds on resource
usage. Lacking such guarantees, event monitoring systems risk falling behind
on the live data, or even crashing due to memory exhaustion. Preventing this
is of utmost importance for modern systems that are online 24/7.
In this dissertation, we propose a novel programming paradigm for large-scale
online event correlation: Logic Reactive Programming. LRP overcomes the
issues in the state of the art by imposing maximum lifetimes on stored event
data. Through temporal reasoning, LRP then guarantees that a fixed upper
limit exists on the number of events whose data needs to be retained. Stale
data is automatically discarded, thus enabling LRP systems to operate in a
fixed resource budget. We introduce PARTElang, the first Logic Reactive
Programming language. Its formal foundations are defined by means of an
event algebra. We define Featherweight PARTE, an operational semantics for
PARTElang, which guarantees that every operation evaluates in constant time,
using constant space. We prove correctness of Featherweight PARTE, i.e.,
that steps defined by the formal model ensure that a PARTElang program is
translated to a number of concurrent units of computation which jointly arrive
at the results prescribed by the event algebra. We further validate PARTE-
lang by building a security monitoring application on top of a prototypical
implementation of the Featherweight PARTE model
Original languageEnglish
  • De Meuter, Wolfgang, Supervisor
Award date28 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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