In our current work, we need to create a library of formally verified software component models from code that has been compiled (or decompiled) using the Low-Level Virtual Machine (LLVM) intermediate form; these components, in turn, are to be assembled into subsystems whose top-level assurance relies on the assurance of the individual components. Thus, we have undertaken a project to build a translator from LLVM to the applicative subset of Common Lisp accepted by the ACL2 theorem prover. Our translator produces executable ACL2 specifications featuring tail recursion, as well as in-place updates via ACL2’s single-threaded object (stobj) mechanism. This allows us to efficiently support validation of our models by executing production tests for the original artifacts against those models. Unfortunately, features that make a formal model executable are often at odds with efficient reasoning. Thus, we also present a technique for reasoning about tail-recursive ACL2 functions that execute in-place, utilizing a formally proven “bridge” to primitive-recursive versions of those functions operating on lists….Read more

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