Lazy sequentialization for the safety verification of unbounded concurrent programs


Nguyen Lam, Truc, Fischer, Bernd, La Torre, Salvatore and Parlato, Gennaro (2016) Lazy sequentialization for the safety verification of unbounded concurrent programs At 14th International Symposium on Automated Technology for Verification and Analysis (ATVA), Japan. 17 - 19 Oct 2016. 16 pp.

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Description/Abstract

Lazy sequentialization has emerged as one of the most promising approaches for concurrent program analysis but the only efficient implementation given so far works just for bounded programs. This restricts the approach to bug- finding purposes. In this paper, we describe and evaluate a new lazy sequentialization translation that does not unwind loops and thus allows to analyze un- bounded computations, even with an unbounded number of context switches. In connection with an appropriate sequential backend verification tool it can thus also be used for the safety verification of concurrent programs, rather than just for bug-finding. The main technical novelty of our translation is the simulation of the thread resumption in a way that does not use gotos and thus does not re- quire that each statement is executed at most once. We have implemented this translation in the UL-CSeq tool for C99 programs that use the pthreads API. We evaluate UL-CSeq on several benchmarks, using different sequential verification backends on the sequentialized program, and show that it is more effective than previous approaches in proving the correctness of the safe benchmarks, and still remains competitive with state-of-the-art approaches for finding bugs in the un- safe benchmarks.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Venue - Dates: 14th International Symposium on Automated Technology for Verification and Analysis (ATVA), Japan, 2016-10-17 - 2016-10-19
Organisations: Electronic & Software Systems
ePrint ID: 397033
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Date Event
17 June 2016Accepted/In Press
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2016 00:41
Last Modified: 06 May 2017 01:24
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/397033

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