Biabduction (and related problems) in array separation logic

Brotherston, James, Gorogiannis, Nikos ORCID logoORCID: and Kanovich, Max (2017) Biabduction (and related problems) in array separation logic. Automated Deduction – CADE 26. In: International Conference on Automated Deduction, 8-11 August 2017, Gothenburg. ISBN 978-3-319-63046-5. ISSN 0302-9743 [Conference or Workshop Item] (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-63046-5_29)

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We investigate array separation logic (\mathsf {ASL}), a variant of symbolic-heap separation logic in which the data structures are either pointers or arrays, i.e., contiguous blocks of memory. This logic provides a language for compositional memory safety proofs of array programs. We focus on the biabduction problem for this logic, which has been established as the key to automatic specification inference at the industrial scale. We present an \mathsf {NP} decision procedure for biabduction in \mathsf {ASL}, and we also show that the problem of finding a consistent solution is \mathsf {NP}-hard. Along the way, we study satisfiability and entailment in \mathsf {ASL}, giving decision procedures and complexity bounds for both problems. We show satisfiability to be \mathsf {NP}-complete, and entailment to be decidable with high complexity. The surprising fact that biabduction is simpler than entailment is due to the fact that, as we show, the element of choice over biabduction solutions enables us to dramatically reduce the search space.

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Brotherston J., Gorogiannis N., Kanovich M. (2017) Biabduction (and Related Problems) in Array Separation Logic. In: de Moura L. (eds) Automated Deduction – CADE 26. CADE 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10395. Springer, Cham
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Foundations of Computing group
Item ID: 22589
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Depositing User: Nikos Gkorogiannis
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2017 15:36
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 04:40

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