Mechanized Semantics and Verified Compilation for a Dataflow Synchronous Language with Reset

Abstract

Specifications based on block diagrams and state machines are used to design control software, especially in the certified development of safety-critical applications. Tools like SCADE Suite and Simulink/Stateflow are equipped with compilers to translate such specifications into executable code. They provide programming languages for composing functions over streams as typified by Dataflow Synchronous Languages like Lustre. Recent work builds on CompCert to specify and verify a compiler for the core of Lustre in the Coq Interactive Theorem Prover. It formally links the stream-based semantics of the source language to the sequential memory manipulations of generated assembly code. We extend this work to treat a primitive for resetting subsystems. Our contributions include new semantic rules that are suitable for mechanized reasoning, a novel intermediate language for generating optimized code, and proofs of correctness for the associated compilation passes.

Publication
Proceedings of the 47th ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages
POPL’20
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Lélio Brun
PhD candidate in Computer Science

My research interests include synchronous languages, functional programming and verified compilation.

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