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- Reconstruction of a logic for inductive proofs of properties of functional programs (2010)
- The interactive verification system VeriFun is based on a polymorphic call-by-value functional language and on a first-order logic with initial model semantics w.r.t. constructors. It is designed to perform automatic induction proofs and can also deal with partial functions. This paper provides a reconstruction of the corresponding logic and semantics using the standard treatment of undefinedness which adapts and improves the VeriFun-logic by allowing reasoning on nonterminating expressions and functions. Equality of expressions is defined as contextual equivalence based on observing termination in all closing contexts. The reconstruction shows that several restrictions of the VeriFun framework can easily be removed, by natural generalizations: mutual recursive functions, abstractions in the data values, and formulas with arbitrary quantifier prefix can be formulated. The main results of this paper are: an extended set of deduction rules usable in VeriFun under the adapted semantics is proved to be correct, i.e. they respect the observational equivalence in all extensions of a program. We also show that certain classes of theorems are conservative under extensions, like universally quantified equations. Also other special classes of theorems are analyzed for conservativity.

- Reconstruction of a logic for inductive proofs of properties of functional programs (2010)
- The interactive verification system VeriFun is based on a polymorphic call-by-value functional language and on a first-order logic with initial model semantics w.r.t. constructors. This paper provides a reconstruction of the corresponding logic when partial functions are permitted. Typing is polymorphic for the definition of functions but monomorphic for terms in formulas. Equality of terms is defined as contextual equivalence based on observing termination in all contexts. The reconstruction also allows several generalizations of the functional language like mutual recursive functions and abstractions in the data values. The main results are: Correctness of several program transformations for all extensions of a program, which have a potential usage in a deduction system. We also proved that universally quantified equations are conservative, i.e. if a universally quantified equation is valid w.r.t. a program P, then it remains valid if the program is extended by new functions and/or new data types.

- On correctness of buffer implementations in a concurrent lambda calculus with futures (2009)
- Motivated by the question of correctness of a specific implementation of concurrent buffers in the lambda calculus with futures underlying Alice ML, we prove that concurrent buffers and handled futures can correctly encode each other. Correctness means that our encodings preserve and reflect the observations of may- and must-convergence, and as a consequence also yields soundness of the encodings with respect to a contextually defined notion of program equivalence. While these translations encode blocking into queuing and waiting, we also describe an adequate encoding of buffers in a calculus without handles, which is more low-level and uses busy-waiting instead of blocking. Furthermore we demonstrate that our correctness concept applies to the whole compilation process from high-level to low-level concurrent languages, by translating the calculus with buffers, handled futures and data constructors into a small core language without those constructs.

- Adequacy of compositional translations for observational semantics (2009)
- We investigate methods and tools for analyzing translations between programming languages with respect to observational semantics. The behavior of programs is observed in terms of may- and mustconvergence in arbitrary contexts, and adequacy of translations, i.e., the reflection of program equivalence, is taken to be the fundamental correctness condition. For compositional translations we propose a notion of convergence equivalence as a means for proving adequacy. This technique avoids explicit reasoning about contexts, and is able to deal with the subtle role of typing in implementations of language extensions.

- Adequacy of compositional translations for observational semantics (2008)
- We investigate methods and tools for analyzing translations between programming languages with respect to observational semantics. The behavior of programs is observed in terms of may- and mustconvergence in arbitrary contexts, and adequacy of translations, i.e., the reflection of program equivalence, is taken to be the fundamental correctness condition. For compositional translations we propose a notion of convergence equivalence as a means for proving adequacy. This technique avoids explicit reasoning about contexts, and is able to deal with the subtle role of typing in implementations of language extensions.

- Adequacy of compositional translations for observational semantics (2008)
- We investigate methods and tools for analysing translations between programming languages with respect to observational semantics. The behaviour of programs is observed in terms of may- and mustconvergence in arbitrary contexts, and adequacy of translations, i.e., the reflection of program equivalence, is taken to be the fundamental correctness condition. For compositional translations we propose a notion of convergence equivalence as a means for proving adequacy. This technique avoids explicit reasoning about contexts, and is able to deal with the subtle role of typing in implementations of language extensions.

- Adequacy of compositional translations for observational semantics (2008)
- We investigate methods and tools for analysing translations between programming languages with respect to observational semantics. The behaviour of programs is observed in terms of may- and mustconvergence in arbitrary contexts, and adequacy of translations, i.e., the reflection of program equivalence, is taken to be the fundamental correctness condition. For compositional translations we propose a notion of convergence equivalence as a means for proving adequacy. This technique avoids explicit reasoning about contexts, and is able to deal with the subtle role of typing in implementations of language extensions.

- A finite simulation method in a non-deterministic call-by-need calculus with letrec, constructors and case (2009)
- The paper proposes a variation of simulation for checking and proving contextual equivalence in a non-deterministic call-by-need lambda-calculus with constructors, case, seq, and a letrec with cyclic dependencies. It also proposes a novel method to prove its correctness. The calculus’ semantics is based on a small-step rewrite semantics and on may-convergence. The cyclic nature of letrec bindings, as well as nondeterminism, makes known approaches to prove that simulation implies contextual equivalence, such as Howe’s proof technique, inapplicable in this setting. The basic technique for the simulation as well as the correctness proof is called pre-evaluation, which computes a set of answers for every closed expression. If simulation succeeds in finite computation depth, then it is guaranteed to show contextual preorder of expressions.

- On generic context lemmas for lambda calculi with sharing (2008)
- This paper proves several generic variants of context lemmas and thus contributes to improving the tools for observational semantics of deterministic and non-deterministic higher-order calculi that use a small-step reduction semantics. The generic (sharing) context lemmas are provided for may- as well as two variants of must-convergence, which hold in a broad class of extended process- and extended lambda calculi, if the calculi satisfy certain natural conditions. As a guide-line, the proofs of the context lemmas are valid in call-by-need calculi, in callby-value calculi if substitution is restricted to variable-by-variable and in process calculi like variants of the π-calculus. For calculi employing beta-reduction using a call-by-name or call-by-value strategy or similar reduction rules, some iu-variants of ciu-theorems are obtained from our context lemmas. Our results reestablish several context lemmas already proved in the literature, and also provide some new context lemmas as well as some new variants of the ciu-theorem. To make the results widely applicable, we use a higher-order abstract syntax that allows untyped calculi as well as certain simple typing schemes. The approach may lead to a unifying view of higher-order calculi, reduction, and observational equality.