Networking

A Formal Model of a Virtual Filesystem Switch

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Executive Summary

This paper presents a formal model that is part of the authors' effort to construct a verified file system for Flash memory. To modularize the verification they factor out generic aspects into a common component that is inspired by the Linux Virtual Filesystem Switch (VFS) and provides POSIX compatible operations. It relies on an abstract specification of its internal interface to concrete file system implementations (AFS). They proved that preconditions of AFS are respected and that the state is kept consistent. The model can be made executable and mounted into the Linux directory tree using FUSE.

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