Tue 25 Jun 2019 15:00 - 15:20 at 229AB - Static Analysis Chair(s): Martin Rinard

Termination is an important but undecidable program property, which has led to a large body of work on static methods for conservatively predicting or enforcing termination. One such method is the size-change termination approach of Lee, Jones, and Ben-Amram, which operates in two phases: (1) abstract programs into “size-change graphs,” and (2) check these graphs for the size-change property: the existence of paths that lead to infinite decreasing sequences. We transpose these two phases with an operational semantics that accounts for the run-time enforcement of the size-change property, postponing (or entirely avoiding) program abstraction. This choice has two key consequences: (1) size-change termination can be checked at run-time and (2) termination can be rephrased as a safety property analyzed using existing methods for systematic abstraction. We formulate run-time size-change checks as contracts in the style of Findler and Felleisen. The result compliments existing contracts that enforce partial correctness specifications to obtain contracts for total correctness. Our approach combines the robustness of the size-change principle for termination with the precise information available at run-time. It has tunable overhead and can check for nontermination without the conservativeness necessary in static checking. To obtain a sound and computable termination analysis, we apply existing abstract interpretation techniques directly to the operational semantics, avoiding the need for custom abstractions for termination. The resulting analyzer is competitive with with existing, purpose-built analyzers.

Tue 25 Jun

pldi-2019-papers
14:00 - 15:30: PLDI Research Papers - Static Analysis at 229AB
Chair(s): Martin RinardMassachusetts Institute of Technology
pldi-2019-papers14:00 - 14:20
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Meng WuVirginia Tech, Chao WangUSC
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pldi-2019-papers14:20 - 14:40
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Tobias GysiETH Zurich, Switzerland, Tobias GrosserETH Zurich, Laurin BrandnerETH Zurich, Switzerland, Torsten HoeflerETH Zurich
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pldi-2019-papers14:40 - 15:00
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Laith SakkaPurdue University, Kirshanthan SundararajahPurdue University, Ryan R. NewtonIndiana University, Milind KulkarniPurdue University
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pldi-2019-papers15:00 - 15:20
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Phúc C. NguyễnUniversity of Maryland, Thomas GilrayUniversity of Maryland, Sam Tobin-HochstadtIndiana University, David Van HornUniversity of Maryland, USA
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