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Program transformations in a denotational setting. (English) Zbl 0566.68013
Program transformations are frequently performed by optimizing compilers, and the correctness of applying them usually depends on data flow information. For language-to-same-language transformations, it is shown how a denotational setting can be useful for validating such program transformations.
Strong equivalence is obtained for transformations that exploit information from a class of forward data flow analyses, whereas only weak equivalence is obtained for transformations that exploit information from a class of backward data flow analyses. To obtain strong equivalence, both the original and the transformed program must be data flow analysed, but consideration of a transformation-exploiting liveness of variables indicates that a more satisfactory approach may be possible.

MSC:
68Q60 Specification and verification (program logics, model checking, etc.)
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