A mechanically verified compiling specification for a realistic compiler
Henke, Friedrich Wilhelm von
FacultiesFakultät für Informatik
LicenseStandard (Fassung vom 03.05.2003)
We report on a large verification effort in constructing an initial fully trusted bootstrap compiler executable for a realistic system programming language and real target processor. The construction and verification process comprises three tasks: the verification of the compiling specification (a relation between abstract source and target programs) with respect to the language semantics and a realistic correctness criterion. Second, the implementation of this specification in the high-level source language following a transformational approach, and third, the construction of a binary executable written in the compilers target language. The focus of this report is on the first verification task. This proof has been completely mechanized using the PVS specification and verification system and is one of the largest case-studies in formal verification we are aware of.