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Regression verification for multi-threaded programs. (English) Zbl 1325.68060
Kuncak, Viktor (ed.) et al., Verification, model checking, and abstract interpretation. 13th international conference, VMCAI 2012, Philadelphia, PA, USA, January 22–24, 2012. Proceedings. Berlin: Springer (ISBN 978-3-642-27939-3/pbk). Lecture Notes in Computer Science 7148, 119-135 (2012).
Summary: Regression verification is the problem of deciding whether two similar programs are equivalent under an arbitrary yet equal context, given some definition of equivalence. So far this problem has only been studied for the case of single-threaded deterministic programs. We present a method for regression verification to establish partial equivalence (i.e., input/output equivalence of terminating executions) of multi-threaded programs. Specifically, we develop two proof-rules that decompose the regression verification between concurrent programs to that of regression verification between sequential functions, a more tractable problem. This ability to avoid composing threads altogether when discharging premises, in a fully automatic way and for general programs, uniquely distinguishes our proof rules from others used for classical verification of concurrent programs.
For the entire collection see [Zbl 1236.68007].

68N30 Mathematical aspects of software engineering (specification, verification, metrics, requirements, etc.)
68Q60 Specification and verification (program logics, model checking, etc.)
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