An Experiment Combining Specialization with Abstract Interpretation

John Patrick Gallagher, Robert Glück

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Abstract

It was previously shown that control-flow refinement can be achieved by a program specializer incorporating property-based abstraction, to improve termination and complexity analysis tools. We now show that this purpose-built specializer can be reconstructed in a more modular way, and that the previous results can be achieved using an off-the-shelf partial evaluation tool, applied to an abstract interpreter. The key feature of the abstract interpreter is the abstract domain, which is the product of the property-based abstract domain with the concrete domain. This language-independent framework provides a practical approach to implementing a variety of powerful specializers, and contributes to a stream of research on using interpreters and specialization to achieve program transformations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of VPT/HCVS@ETAPS 2020 : 8th International Workshop on Verification and Program Transformation and 7th Workshop on Horn Clauses for Verification and Synthesis
EditorsLaurent Fribourg , Matthias Heizmann
Volume320
PublisherEPTCS
Publication date2020
Pages155-158
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Gallagher, J. P., & Glück, R. (2020). An Experiment Combining Specialization with Abstract Interpretation. In L. Fribourg , & M. Heizmann (Eds.), Proceedings of VPT/HCVS@ETAPS 2020: 8th International Workshop on Verification and Program Transformation and 7th Workshop on Horn Clauses for Verification and Synthesis (Vol. 320, pp. 155-158). EPTCS. https://arxiv.org/abs/2008.02937v1