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Multivariant non-failure analysis via standard abstract interpretation. (English) Zbl 1122.68365
Kameyama, Yukiyoshi (ed.) et al., Functional and logic programming. 7th international symposium, FLOPS 2004, Nara, Japan, April 7–9, 2004. Proceedings. Berlin: Springer (ISBN 3-540-21402-X/pbk). Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2998, 100-116 (2004).
Summary: Non-failure analysis aims at inferring that predicate calls in a program will never fail. This type of information has many applications in functional/logic programming. It is essential for determining lower bounds on the computational cost of calls, useful in the context of program parallelization, instrumental in partial evaluation and other program transformations, and has also been used in query optimization. In this paper, we re-cast the non-failure analysis proposed by Debray et al. as an abstract interpretation, which not only allows to investigate it from a standard and well understood theoretical framework, but has also several practical advantages. It allows us to incorporate non-failure analysis into a standard, generic abstract interpretation engine. The analysis thus benefits from the fixpoint propagation algorithm, which leads to improved information propagation. Also, the analysis takes advantage of the multi-variance of the generic engine, so that it is now able to infer separate non-failure information for different call patterns. Moreover, the implementation is simpler, and allows to perform non-failure and covering analyses alongside other analyses, such as those for modes and types, in the same framework. Finally, besides the precision improvements and the additional simplicity, our implementation (in the Ciao/CiaoPP multiparadigm programming system) also shows better efficiency.
For the entire collection see [Zbl 1048.68005].
Reviewer: Reviewer (Berlin)

68N17 Logic programming
68N30 Mathematical aspects of software engineering (specification, verification, metrics, requirements, etc.)
Ciao; CiaoPP
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