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Alias Types for Recursive Data Structures
, 2000
"... Linear type systems permit programmers to deallocate or explicitly recycle memory, but they are severly restricted by the fact that they admit no aliasing. This paper describes a pseudolinear type system that allows a degree of aliasing and memory reuse as well as the ability to define complex recu ..."
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Linear type systems permit programmers to deallocate or explicitly recycle memory, but they are severly restricted by the fact that they admit no aliasing. This paper describes a pseudolinear type system that allows a degree of aliasing and memory reuse as well as the ability to define complex recursive data structures. Our type system can encode conventional linear data structures such as linear lists and trees as well as more sophisticated data structures including cyclic and doublylinked lists and trees. In the latter cases, our type system is expressive enough to represent pointer aliasing and yet safely permit destructive operations such as object deallocation. We demonstrate the flexibility of our type system by encoding two common compiler optimizations: destinationpassing style and DeutschSchorrWaite or "linkreversal" traversal algorithms.
Implementing Typed Intermediate Languages
, 1998
"... Recent advances in compiler technology have demonstrated the benefits of using strongly typed intermediate languages to compile richly typed source languages (e.g., ML). A typepreserving compiler can use types to guide advanced optimizations and to help generate provably secure mobile code. Types, u ..."
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Recent advances in compiler technology have demonstrated the benefits of using strongly typed intermediate languages to compile richly typed source languages (e.g., ML). A typepreserving compiler can use types to guide advanced optimizations and to help generate provably secure mobile code. Types, unfortunately, are very hard to represent and manipulate efficiently; a naive implementation can easily add exponential overhead to the compilation and execution of a program. This paper describes our experience with implementing the FLINT typed intermediate language in the SML/NJ production compiler. We observe that a typepreserving compiler will not scale to handle large types unless all of its typepreserving stages preserve the asymptotic time and space usage in representing and manipulating types. We present a series of novel techniques for achieving this property and give empirical evidence of their effectiveness.
Semantics of Types for Mutable State
, 2004
"... Proofcarrying code (PCC) is a framework for mechanically verifying the safety of machine language programs. A program that is successfully verified by a PCC system is guaranteed to be safe to execute, but this safety guarantee is contingent upon the correctness of various trusted components. For in ..."
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Proofcarrying code (PCC) is a framework for mechanically verifying the safety of machine language programs. A program that is successfully verified by a PCC system is guaranteed to be safe to execute, but this safety guarantee is contingent upon the correctness of various trusted components. For instance, in traditional PCC systems the trusted computing base includes a large set of lowlevel typing rules. Foundational PCC systems seek to minimize the size of the trusted computing base. In particular, they eliminate the need to trust complex, lowlevel type systems by providing machinecheckable proofs of type soundness for real machine languages. In this thesis, I demonstrate the use of logical relations for proving the soundness of type systems for mutable state. Specifically, I focus on type systems that ensure the safe allocation, update, and reuse of memory. For each type in the language, I define logical relations that explain the meaning of the type in terms of the operational semantics of the language. Using this model of types, I prove each typing rule as a lemma. The major contribution is a model of System F with general references — that is, mutable cells that can hold values of any closed type including other references, functions, recursive types, and impredicative quantified types. The model is based on ideas from both possible worlds and the indexed model of Appel and McAllester. I show how the model of mutable references is encoded in higherorder logic. I also show how to construct an indexed possibleworlds model for a von Neumann machine. The latter is used in the Princeton Foundational PCC system to prove type safety for a fullfledged lowlevel typed assembly language. Finally, I present a semantic model for a region calculus that supports typeinvariant references as well as memory reuse. iii
From Polyvariant Flow Information to Intersection and Union Types
 J. FUNCT. PROGRAMMING
, 1998
"... Many polyvariant program analyses have been studied in the 1990s, including kCFA, polymorphic splitting, and the cartesian product algorithm. The idea of polyvariance is to analyze functions more than once and thereby obtain better precision for each call site. In this paper we present an equivalen ..."
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Many polyvariant program analyses have been studied in the 1990s, including kCFA, polymorphic splitting, and the cartesian product algorithm. The idea of polyvariance is to analyze functions more than once and thereby obtain better precision for each call site. In this paper we present an equivalence theorem which relates a coinductively defined family of polyvariant ow analyses and a standard type system. The proof embodies a way of understanding polyvariant flow information in terms of union and intersection types, and, conversely, a way of understanding union and intersection types in terms of polyvariant flow information. We use the theorem as basis for a new flowtype system in the spirit of the CIL calculus of Wells, Dimock, Muller, and Turbak, in which types are annotated with flow information. A flowtype system is useful as an interface between a owanalysis algorithm and a program optimizer. Derived systematically via our equivalence theorem, our flowtype system should be a g...
A Calculus with Polymorphic and Polyvariant Flow Types
"... We present # CIL , a typed #calculus which serves as the foundation for a typed intermediate language for optimizing compilers for higherorder polymorphic programming languages. The key innovation of # CIL is a novel formulation of intersection and union types and flow labels on both terms and ..."
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We present # CIL , a typed #calculus which serves as the foundation for a typed intermediate language for optimizing compilers for higherorder polymorphic programming languages. The key innovation of # CIL is a novel formulation of intersection and union types and flow labels on both terms and types. These flow types can encode polyvariant control and data flow information within a polymorphically typed program representation. Flow types can guide a compiler in generating customized data representations in a strongly typed setting. Since # CIL enjoys confluence, standardization, and subject reduction properties, it is a valuable tool for reasoning about programs and program transformations.
Typed Compilation of Inclusive Subtyping
 In 2000 ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming
, 2000
"... I present a typepreserving translation that eliminates subtyping and bounded quantification without introducing any runtime costs. This translation is based on Mitchell and Pierce's encoding of bounded quantification using intersection types. I show that, previous negative observations notwit ..."
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I present a typepreserving translation that eliminates subtyping and bounded quantification without introducing any runtime costs. This translation is based on Mitchell and Pierce's encoding of bounded quantification using intersection types. I show that, previous negative observations notwithstanding, the encoding is adequate given a sufficiently rich target type theory. The necessary target type theory is made easily typecheckable by including a collection of explicit coercion combinators, which are already desired for eliminating subtyping. However, no form of coercion abstraction is necessary (even to support bounded quantification) , leading to a simple target language. 1 Introduction Typepreserving compilers, those that utilize strongly typed intermediate languages, offer several compelling advantages over untyped compilers. A typed compiler can utilize type information to enable optimizations that would otherwise be prohibitively difficult or impossible. Internal type check...
A Typed Intermediate Language for FlowDirected Compilation
, 1997
"... We present a typed intermediate language # CIL for optimizing compilers for functionoriented and polymorphically typed programming languages (e.g., ML). The language # CIL is a typed lambda calculus with product, sum, intersection, and union types as well as function types annotated with flow label ..."
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We present a typed intermediate language # CIL for optimizing compilers for functionoriented and polymorphically typed programming languages (e.g., ML). The language # CIL is a typed lambda calculus with product, sum, intersection, and union types as well as function types annotated with flow labels. A novel formulation of intersection and union types supports encoding flow information in the typed program representation. This flow information can direct optimization.
Expansion: the Crucial Mechanism for Type Inference with Intersection Types: Survey and Explanation
 In: (ITRS ’04
, 2005
"... The operation of expansion on typings was introduced at the end of the 1970s by Coppo, Dezani, and Venneri for reasoning about the possible typings of a term when using intersection types. Until recently, it has remained somewhat mysterious and unfamiliar, even though it is essential for carrying ..."
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The operation of expansion on typings was introduced at the end of the 1970s by Coppo, Dezani, and Venneri for reasoning about the possible typings of a term when using intersection types. Until recently, it has remained somewhat mysterious and unfamiliar, even though it is essential for carrying out compositional type inference. The fundamental idea of expansion is to be able to calculate the effect on the final judgement of a typing derivation of inserting a use of the intersectionintroduction typing rule at some (possibly deeply nested) position, without actually needing to build the new derivation.
TypeDirected Flow Analysis for Typed Intermediate Languages
 In Proc. 4th Int’l Static Analysis Symp
, 1997
"... . Flow analysis is especially valuable for optimizing functional languages because controlflow information is not syntactically apparent in higherorder programs. Flow analyses typically operate on untyped languages. However, recent compilers for typed functional languages such as ML and Haskell us ..."
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. Flow analysis is especially valuable for optimizing functional languages because controlflow information is not syntactically apparent in higherorder programs. Flow analyses typically operate on untyped languages. However, recent compilers for typed functional languages such as ML and Haskell use a typed intermediate language to expose data representations for optimization. This paper presents a polyvariant flow analysis framework for the predicative subset of system F , a common basis for typed intermediate languages. Analyses in this framework can take advantage of types to analyze programs more precisely. We study a specific analysis called SRT that uses types to control polyvariance. We prove that SRT respects types: whenever it assigns abstract value v to a variable and the type system assigns type oe to the same variable, then [[v]] ` [[oe]], where [[ \Delta ]] denotes a set of values. SRT does not terminate for some programs. We present several variants of SRT that are bett...
Branching Types
, 2002
"... Although systems with intersection types have many unique capabilities, there has never been a fully satisfactory explicitly typed system with intersection types. We introduce and prove the basic properties of # , a typed #calculus with branching types and types with quantification over type ..."
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Although systems with intersection types have many unique capabilities, there has never been a fully satisfactory explicitly typed system with intersection types. We introduce and prove the basic properties of # , a typed #calculus with branching types and types with quantification over type selection parameters. The new system # an explicitly typed system with the same expressiveness as a system with intersection types. Typing derivations in # use branching types to squash together what would be separate parallel derivations in earlier systems with intersection types.