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Title:Towards a Unified Theory of Operational and Axiomatic Semantics — Extended Abstract
Author(s):Rosu, Grigore
Contributor(s):Stefanescu, Andrei
Subject(s):Operational semantics
Hoare logic
Partial correctness
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
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-04-05

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