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BI as an Assertion Language for Mutable Data Structures
, 2000
"... Reynolds has developed a logic for reasoning about mutable data structures in which the pre and postconditions are written in an intuitionistic logic enriched with a spatial form of conjunction. We investigate the approach from the point of view of the logic BI of bunched implications of O'Hea ..."
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Reynolds has developed a logic for reasoning about mutable data structures in which the pre and postconditions are written in an intuitionistic logic enriched with a spatial form of conjunction. We investigate the approach from the point of view of the logic BI of bunched implications of O'Hearn and Pym. We begin by giving a model in which the law of the excluded middle holds, thus showing that the approach is compatible with classical logic. The relationship between the intuitionistic and classical versions of the system is established by a translation, analogous to a translation from intuitionistic logic into the modal logic S4. We also consider the question of completeness of the axioms. BI's spatial implication is used to express weakest preconditions for objectcomponent assignments, and an axiom for allocating a cons cell is shown to be complete under an interpretation of triples that allows a command to be applied to states with dangling pointers. We make this latter a feature, by incorporating an operation, and axiom, for disposing of memory. Finally, we describe a local character enjoyed by specifications in the logic, and show how this enables a class of frame axioms, which say what parts of the heap don't change, to be inferred automatically.
Little Theories
 Automated DeductionCADE11, volume 607 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science
, 1992
"... In the "little theories" version of the axiomatic method, different portions of mathematics are developed in various different formal axiomatic theories. Axiomatic theories may be related by inclusion or by theory interpretation. We argue that the little theories approach is a desirable wa ..."
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In the "little theories" version of the axiomatic method, different portions of mathematics are developed in various different formal axiomatic theories. Axiomatic theories may be related by inclusion or by theory interpretation. We argue that the little theories approach is a desirable way to formalize mathematics, and we describe how imps, an Interactive Mathematical Proof System, supports it.
On the Search for Tractable Ways of Reasoning about Programs
, 2001
"... This paper traces the important steps in the history up to around 1990 of research on reasoning about programs. The main focus is on sequential imperative programs but some comments are made on concurrency. Initially, researchers focussed on ways of verifying that a program satifies its specific ..."
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This paper traces the important steps in the history up to around 1990 of research on reasoning about programs. The main focus is on sequential imperative programs but some comments are made on concurrency. Initially, researchers focussed on ways of verifying that a program satifies its specification (or that two programs were equivalent). Over time it has become clear that post facto verification is only practical for small programs and attention turned to verification methods which support the development of programs; for larger programs it is necesary to exploit a notion of composability.
The Logic Of The Raise Specification Language
 Computing and Informatics
, 2003
"... This paper describes the logic of the RAISE Specification Language, RSL. It explains the particular logic chosen for RAISE, and motivates this choice as suitable for a wide spectrum language to be used for designs as well as initial specifications, and supporting imperative and concurrent specificat ..."
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This paper describes the logic of the RAISE Specification Language, RSL. It explains the particular logic chosen for RAISE, and motivates this choice as suitable for a wide spectrum language to be used for designs as well as initial specifications, and supporting imperative and concurrent specifications as well as applicative sequential ones. It also describes the logical definition of RSL, its axiomatic semantics, as well as the proof system for carrying out proofs.
A kernel specication formalism with higherorder parameterisation
"... A specication formalism with parameterisation of an arbitrary order is presented. It is given a denotationalstyle semantics, accompanied by an inference system for proving that an object satises a specication. The inference system incorporates, but is not limited to, a clearly identied typecheckin ..."
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A specication formalism with parameterisation of an arbitrary order is presented. It is given a denotationalstyle semantics, accompanied by an inference system for proving that an object satises a specication. The inference system incorporates, but is not limited to, a clearly identied typechecking component. Special eort is made to carefully distinguish between parameterised specications, which denote functions yielding classes of objects, and specications of parameterised objects, which denote classes of functions yielding objects. To deal with both of these in a uniform framework, it was convenient to view specications, which specify objects, as objects themselves, and to introduce a notion of a specication of specications. The formalism includes the basic specicationbuilding operations of the ASL specication language. This choice, however, is orthogonal to the new ideas presented. The formalism is also institutionindependent, although this issue is not explicitly discussed at any length here. 1