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Derivation of Data Intensive Algorithms by Formal Transformation: The SchorrWaite Graph Marking Algorithm
, 1996
"... In this paper we consider a particular class of algorithms which present certain difficulties to formal verification. These are algorithms which use a single data structure for two or more purposes, which combine program control information with other data structures or which are developed as a comb ..."
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In this paper we consider a particular class of algorithms which present certain difficulties to formal verification. These are algorithms which use a single data structure for two or more purposes, which combine program control information with other data structures or which are developed as a combination of a basic idea with an implementation technique. Our approach is based on applying proven semanticspreserving transformation rules in a wide spectrum language. Starting with a set theoretical specification of "reachability" we are able to derive iterative and recursive graph marking algorithms using the "pointer switching" idea of Schorr and Waite. There have been several proofs of correctness of the SchorrWaite algorithm, and a small number of transformational developments of the algorithm. The great advantage of our approach is that we can derive the algorithm from its specification using only generalpurpose transformational rules: without the need for complicated induction arg...
A Logical Analysis of Aliasing in Imperative HigherOrder Functions
 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMMING, ICFP’05
, 2005
"... We present a compositional program logic for callbyvalue imperative higherorder functions with general forms of aliasing, which can arise from the use of reference names as function parameters, return values, content of references and part of data structures. The program logic ..."
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We present a compositional program logic for callbyvalue imperative higherorder functions with general forms of aliasing, which can arise from the use of reference names as function parameters, return values, content of references and part of data structures. The program logic
Foundations for a Practical Theory of Program Refinement and Transformation
, 1994
"... A wide spectrum language is presented, which is designed to facilitate the proof of the correctness of refinements and transformations. Two different proof methods are introduced and used to prove some fundamental transformations, including a general induction rule (Lemma 3.9) which enables transfor ..."
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A wide spectrum language is presented, which is designed to facilitate the proof of the correctness of refinements and transformations. Two different proof methods are introduced and used to prove some fundamental transformations, including a general induction rule (Lemma 3.9) which enables transformations of recursive and iterative programs to be proved by induction on their finite truncations. A theorem for proving the correctness of recursive implementations is presented (Theorem 3.21), which provides a method for introducing a loop, without requiring the user to provide a loop invariant. A powerful, general purpose, transformation for removing or introducing recursion is described and used in a case study (Section 5) in which we take a small, but highly complex, program and apply formal transformations in order to uncover an abstract specification of the behaviour of the program. The transformation theory supports a transformation system, called FermaT, in which the applicability conditions of each transformation (and hence the correctness of the result) are mechanically verified. These results together considerably simplify the construction of viable program transformation tools; practical consequences are briefly discussed.
Formal Methods to Aid the Evolution of Software
 International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering
, 1995
"... There is a vast collection of operational software systems which are vitally important to their users, yet are becoming increasingly difficult to maintain, enhance and keep up to date with rapidly changing requirements. For many of these so called legacy systems the option of throwing the system awa ..."
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There is a vast collection of operational software systems which are vitally important to their users, yet are becoming increasingly difficult to maintain, enhance and keep up to date with rapidly changing requirements. For many of these so called legacy systems the option of throwing the system away an rewriting it from scratch is not economically viable. Methods are therefore urgently required which enable these systems to evolve in a controlled manner. The approach described in this paper uses formal proven program transformations, which preserve or refine the semantics of a program while changing its form. These transformations are applied to restructure ans simplify the legacy systems and to extract higherlevel representations. By using an appropriate sequence of transformations, the extracted representation is guaranteed to be equivalent to the code. The method is based on a formal wide spectrum language, called WSL, with accompanying formal method. Over the last ten years we h...
A case study of C source code verification: the SchorrWaite algorithm
 In 3rd IEEE Intl. Conf. SEFM’05
, 2005
"... We describe an experiment of formal verification of C source code, using the CADUCEUS tool. We performed a full formal proof of the classical SchorrWaite graphmarking algorithm, which has already been used several times as a case study for formal reasoning on pointer programs. Our study is origina ..."
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We describe an experiment of formal verification of C source code, using the CADUCEUS tool. We performed a full formal proof of the classical SchorrWaite graphmarking algorithm, which has already been used several times as a case study for formal reasoning on pointer programs. Our study is original with respect to previous experiments for several reasons. First, we use a generalpurpose tool for C programs: we start from a real source code written in C, specified using an annotation language for arbitrary C programs. Second, we use several theorem provers as backends, both automatic and interactive. Third, we indeed formally establish more properties of the algorithm than previous works, in particular a formal proof of termination is made 1. Keywords: Formal verification, FloydHoare logic, Pointer programs, Aliasing, C programming language. The SchorrWaite algorithm is the first moutain that any formalism for pointer aliasing should climb. — Richard Bornat ([4], page 121) 1.
Functional pearl: Unfolding pointer algorithms
 Journal of Functional Programming
, 2001
"... A fair amount has been written on the subject of reasoning about pointer algorithms. There was a peak about 1980 when everyone seemed to be tackling the formal verification of the Schorr–Waite marking algorithm, including Gries (1979, Morris (1982) and Topor (1979). Bornat (2000) writes: “The Schorr ..."
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A fair amount has been written on the subject of reasoning about pointer algorithms. There was a peak about 1980 when everyone seemed to be tackling the formal verification of the Schorr–Waite marking algorithm, including Gries (1979, Morris (1982) and Topor (1979). Bornat (2000) writes: “The Schorr–Waite algorithm is the
Formal Methods to Aid the Evolution of Software
, 2003
"... There is a vast collection of operational software systems which are vitally important to their users, yet are becoming increasingly difficult to maintain, enhance and keep up to date with rapidly changing requirements. For many of these so called legacy systems the option of throwing the system awa ..."
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There is a vast collection of operational software systems which are vitally important to their users, yet are becoming increasingly difficult to maintain, enhance and keep up to date with rapidly changing requirements. For many of these so called legacy systems the option of throwing the system away an rewriting it from scratch is not economically viable. Methods are therefore urgently required which enable these systems to evolve in a controlled manner. The approach described in this paper uses formal proven program transformations, which preserve or refine the semantics of a program while changing its form. These transformations are applied to restructure ans simplify the legacy systems and to extract higherlevel representations. By using an appropriate sequence of transformations, the extracted representation is guaranteed to be equivalent to the code. The method is based on a formal wide spectrum language, called WSL, with accompanying formal method. Over the last ten years we have developed a large catalogue of proven transformations, together with mechanically verifiable applicability conditions. These have been applied to many software development, reverse engineering and maintenance problems. In this paper, we focus on the results of using this approach in the reverse engineering of medium scale, industrial software, written mostly in languages such as assembler and JOVIAL. Results from both benchmark algorithms and heavily modified, geriatric software are summarised. We conclude that formal methods have an important practical role in software evolution. 1
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, 2007
"... A componentbased approach to proving the correctness of the SchorrWaite algorithm ..."
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A componentbased approach to proving the correctness of the SchorrWaite algorithm