King, Andy and Sondergaard, Harald (2010) Automatic Abstraction for Congruences. In: Barthe, Gilles and Hermenegildo, Manuel V., eds. Verification, Model Checking, and Abstract Interpretation. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (5944). SpringerVerlag, pp. 182196. ISBN 9783642113185. (Full text available)
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Official URL http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/pubs/2010/2966 
Abstract
One approach to verifying bittwiddling algorithms is to derive invariants between the bits that constitute the variables of a program. Such invariants can often be described with systems of congruences where in each equation $\vec{c} \cdot \vec{x} = d \mod m$, (unknown variable m)$ is a power of two, $\vec{c}$ is a vector of integer coefficients, and $\vec{x}$ is a vector of propositional variables (bits). Because of the lowlevel nature of these invariants and the large number of bits that are involved, it is important that the transfer functions can be derived automatically. We address this problem, showing how an analysis for bitlevel congruence relationships can be decoupled into two parts: (1) a SATbased abstraction (compilation) step which can be automated, and (2) an interpretation step that requires no SATsolving. We exploit triangular matrix forms to derive transfer functions efficiently, even in the presence of large numbers of bits. Finally we propose program transformations that improve the analysis results.
Item Type:  Book section 

Subjects:  Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming, 
Divisions:  Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Programming Languages and Systems Group Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Security Group 
Depositing User:  Andy King 
Date Deposited:  21 Sep 2012 09:49 
Last Modified:  09 Jul 2014 10:47 
Resource URI:  http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30704 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes) 
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