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Title: Towards a Unified Theory of Operational and Axiomatic Semantics
Author(s): Rosu, Grigore
Contributor(s): Stefanescu, Andrei
Subject(s): Operational semantics Hoare logic Partial correctness Rewriting
Abstract: This paper presents a nine-rule *language-independent* proof system that takes an operational semantics as axioms and derives program properties, including ones corresponding to Hoare triples. This eliminates the need for language-specific Hoare-style proof rules in order to verify programs, and, implicitly, the tedious step of proving such proof rules sound for each language separately. The key proof rule is *Circularity*, which is coinductive in nature and allows for reasoning about constructs with repetitive behaviors (e.g., loops). The generic proof system is shown sound and has been implemented in the MatchC program verifier.
Issue Date: 2012-02-24
Citation Info: @techreport{rosu-stefanescu-2012-tr, author = {Grigore Ro\c{s}u \and Andrei \c{S}tef\u{a}nescu}, institution = {University of Illinois}, title = {Towards a Unified Theory of Operational and Axiomatic Semantics}, month = {February}, year = {2011}, }
Genre: Technical Report
Type: Text
Language: English
Publication Status: unpublished
Peer Reviewed: not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-02-24

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