Summary-Based Inter-Procedural Analysis via Modular Trace Refinement

Authors Franck Cassez, Christian Müller, Karla Burnett

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Franck Cassez
Christian Müller
Karla Burnett

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Franck Cassez, Christian Müller, and Karla Burnett. Summary-Based Inter-Procedural Analysis via Modular Trace Refinement. In 34th International Conference on Foundation of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science (FSTTCS 2014). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 29, pp. 545-556, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2014)


We propose a generalisation of trace refinement for the verification of inter-procedural programs. Our method is a top-down modular, summary-based approach, and analyses inter-procedural programs by building function summaries on-demand and improving the summaries each time a function is analysed. Our method is sound, and complete relative to the existence of a modular Hoare proof for a non-recursive program. We have implemented a prototype analyser that demonstrates the main features of our approach and yields promising results.
  • Program verification
  • Hoare Logic
  • Refinement
  • Automata


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