Representation of Peano Arithmetic in Separation Logic

Authors Sohei Ito , Makoto Tatsuta



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Sohei Ito
  • Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan
Makoto Tatsuta
  • National Institute of Informatics / Sokendai, Tokyo, Japan

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Sohei Ito and Makoto Tatsuta. Representation of Peano Arithmetic in Separation Logic. In 9th International Conference on Formal Structures for Computation and Deduction (FSCD 2024). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 299, pp. 18:1-18:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2024)
https://doi.org/10.4230/LIPIcs.FSCD.2024.18

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Separation logic is successful for software verification of heap-manipulating programs. Numbers are necessary to be added to separation logic for verification of practical software where numbers are important. However, properties of the validity such as decidability and complexity for separation logic with numbers have not been fully studied yet. This paper presents the translation of Pi-0-1 formulas in Peano arithmetic to formulas in a small fragment of separation logic with numbers, which consists only of the intuitionistic points-to predicate, 0 and the successor function. Then this paper proves that a formula in Peano arithmetic is valid in the standard model if and only if its translation in this fragment is valid in the standard interpretation. As a corollary, this paper also gives a perspective proof for the undecidability of the validity in this fragment. Since Pi-0-1 formulas can describe consistency of logical systems and non-termination of computations, this result also shows that these properties discussed in Peano arithmetic can also be discussed in such a small fragment of separation logic with numbers.

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  • Theory of computation → Separation logic
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  • First order logic
  • Separation logic
  • Peano arithmetic
  • Presburger arithmetic

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