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Program Analysis and Specialization for the C Programming Language
, 1994
"... Software engineers are faced with a dilemma. They want to write general and wellstructured programs that are flexible and easy to maintain. On the other hand, generality has a price: efficiency. A specialized program solving a particular problem is often significantly faster than a general program. ..."
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Software engineers are faced with a dilemma. They want to write general and wellstructured programs that are flexible and easy to maintain. On the other hand, generality has a price: efficiency. A specialized program solving a particular problem is often significantly faster than a general program. However, the development of specialized software is timeconsuming, and is likely to exceed the production of today’s programmers. New techniques are required to solve this socalled software crisis. Partial evaluation is a program specialization technique that reconciles the benefits of generality with efficiency. This thesis presents an automatic partial evaluator for the Ansi C programming language. The content of this thesis is analysis and transformation of C programs. We develop several analyses that support the transformation of a program into its generating extension. A generating extension is a program that produces specialized programs when executed on parts of the input. The thesis contains the following main results.
Using Temporal Logics to Express Search Control Knowledge for Planning
 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
, 1999
"... Over the years increasingly sophisticated planning algorithms have been developed. These have made for more efficient planners, but unfortunately these planners still suffer from combinatorial complexity even in simple domains. Theoretical results demonstrate that planning is in the worst case in ..."
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Over the years increasingly sophisticated planning algorithms have been developed. These have made for more efficient planners, but unfortunately these planners still suffer from combinatorial complexity even in simple domains. Theoretical results demonstrate that planning is in the worst case intractable. Nevertheless, planning in particular domains can often be made tractable by utilizing additional domain structure. In fact, it has long been acknowledged that domain independent planners need domain dependent information to help them plan effectively. In this
Proving Properties of Security Protocols by Induction
 In 10th IEEE Computer Security Foundations Workshop
, 1997
"... Informal justifications of security protocols involve arguing backwards that various events are impossible. Inductive definitions can make such arguments rigorous. The resulting proofs are complicated, but can be generated reasonably quickly using the proof tool Isabelle/HOL. There is no restriction ..."
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Informal justifications of security protocols involve arguing backwards that various events are impossible. Inductive definitions can make such arguments rigorous. The resulting proofs are complicated, but can be generated reasonably quickly using the proof tool Isabelle/HOL. There is no restriction to finitestate systems and the approach is not based on belief logics. Protocols are inductively defined as sets of traces, which may involve many interleaved protocol runs. Protocol descriptions model accidental key losses as well as attacks. The model spy can send spoof messages made up of components decrypted from previous traffic. Several key distribution protocols have been studied, including NeedhamSchroeder, Yahalom and OtwayRees. The method applies to both symmetrickey and publickey protocols. A new attack has been discovered in a variant of OtwayRees (already broken by Mao and Boyd). Assertions concerning secrecy and authenticity have been proved. CONTENTS i Contents 1 Intro...
Rewriting Logic as a Logical and Semantic Framework
, 1993
"... Rewriting logic [72] is proposed as a logical framework in which other logics can be represented, and as a semantic framework for the specification of languages and systems. Using concepts from the theory of general logics [70], representations of an object logic L in a framework logic F are und ..."
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Rewriting logic [72] is proposed as a logical framework in which other logics can be represented, and as a semantic framework for the specification of languages and systems. Using concepts from the theory of general logics [70], representations of an object logic L in a framework logic F are understood as mappings L ! F that translate one logic into the other in a conservative way. The ease with which such maps can be defined for a number of quite different logics of interest, including equational logic, Horn logic with equality, linear logic, logics with quantifiers, and any sequent calculus presentation of a logic for a very general notion of "sequent," is discussed in detail. Using the fact that rewriting logic is reflective, it is often possible to reify inside rewriting logic itself a representation map L ! RWLogic for the finitely presentable theories of L. Such a reification takes the form of a map between the abstract data types representing the finitary theories of...
Modular structural operational semantics
, 2004
"... Modular SOS (MSOS) is a variant of conventional Structural Operational Semantics (SOS). Using MSOS, the transition rules for each construct of a programming language can be given incrementally, once and for all, and do not need reformulation when further constructs are added to the language. MSOS th ..."
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Modular SOS (MSOS) is a variant of conventional Structural Operational Semantics (SOS). Using MSOS, the transition rules for each construct of a programming language can be given incrementally, once and for all, and do not need reformulation when further constructs are added to the language. MSOS thus provides an exceptionally high degree of modularity in language descriptions, removing a shortcoming of the original SOS framework. After sketching the background and reviewing the main features of SOS, the paper explains the crucial differences between SOS and MSOS, and illustrates how MSOS descriptions are written. It also discusses standard notions of semantic equivalence based on MSOS. Appendix A shows how the illustrative MSOS rules given in the paper would be formulated in conventional SOS.
Reasoning with inductively defined relations in the HOL theorem prover
, 1992
"... Abstract: Inductively defined relations are among the basic mathematical tools of computer science. Examples include evaluation and computation relations in structural operational semantics, labelled transition relations in process algebra semantics, inductivelydefined typing judgements, and proof ..."
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Abstract: Inductively defined relations are among the basic mathematical tools of computer science. Examples include evaluation and computation relations in structural operational semantics, labelled transition relations in process algebra semantics, inductivelydefined typing judgements, and proof systems in general. This paper describes a set of HOL theoremproving tools for reasoning about such inductively defined relations. We also describe a suite of worked examples using these tools. First printed: August 1992
The Rewriting Logic Semantics Project
 SOS 2005 PRELIMINARY VERSION
, 2005
"... Rewriting logic is a flexible and expressive logical framework that unifies denotational semantics and SOS in a novel way, avoiding their respective limitations and allowing very succinct semantic definitions. The fact that a rewrite theory’s axioms include both equations and rewrite rules provides ..."
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Rewriting logic is a flexible and expressive logical framework that unifies denotational semantics and SOS in a novel way, avoiding their respective limitations and allowing very succinct semantic definitions. The fact that a rewrite theory’s axioms include both equations and rewrite rules provides a very useful “abstraction knob” to find the right balance between abstraction and observability in semantic definitions. Such semantic definitions are directly executable as interpreters in a rewriting logic language such as Maude, whose generic formal tools can be used to endow those interpreters with powerful program analysis capabilities.
Rewriting Logic Semantics: From Language Specifications to Formal Analysis Tools
 In Proceedings of the IJCAR 2004. LNCS
, 2004
"... Abstract. Formal semantic definitions of concurrent languages, when specified in a wellsuited semantic framework and supported by generic and efficient formal tools, can be the basis of powerful software analysis tools. Such tools can be obtained for free from the semantic definitions; in our exper ..."
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Abstract. Formal semantic definitions of concurrent languages, when specified in a wellsuited semantic framework and supported by generic and efficient formal tools, can be the basis of powerful software analysis tools. Such tools can be obtained for free from the semantic definitions; in our experience in just the few weeks required to define a language’s semantics even for large languages like Java. By combining, yet distinguishing, both equations and rules, rewriting logic semantic definitions unify both the semantic equations of equational semantics (in their higherorder denotational version or their firstorder algebraic counterpart) and the semantic rules of SOS. Several limitations of both SOS and equational semantics are thus overcome within this unified framework. By using a highperformance implementation of rewriting logic such as Maude, a language’s formal specification can be automatically transformed into an efficient interpreter. Furthermore, by using Maude’s breadth first search command, we also obtain for free a semidecision procedure for finding failures of safety properties; and by using Maude’s LTL model checker, we obtain, also for free, a decision procedure for LTL properties of finitestate programs. These possibilities, and the competitive performance of the analysis tools thus obtained, are illustrated by means of a concurrent Camllike language; similar experience with Java (source and JVM) programs is also summarized. 1
Modular Specification Of Interaction Policies In Distributed Computing
, 1996
"... Software executing on distributed systems consists of many asynchronous, autonomous components which interact in order to coordinate local activity. The need for such coordination, as well as requirements such as heterogeneity, scalability, security and availability, considerably increase the comple ..."
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Software executing on distributed systems consists of many asynchronous, autonomous components which interact in order to coordinate local activity. The need for such coordination, as well as requirements such as heterogeneity, scalability, security and availability, considerably increase the complexity of code in distributed applications. Moreover, changing requirements, as well as changes in hardware platforms, lead to software that is constantly evolving and complicates reuse. To support development and evolution of distributed applications requires techniques which allow coordination code to be specified, customized, and maintained independently of application components; goals which cannot be realized solely through objectoriented techniques. This thesis demonstrates that metalevel specification of interaction policies enables modular description of component interaction policies, as well as customization of policy implementations. We present the highlevel language Dil for spec...