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posted on 01.06.2012, 00:00 authored by Neelakantan R. Krishnaswami

In this thesis I show is that it is possible to give modular correctness proofs of interesting higher-order imperative programs using higher-order separation logic.

To do this, I develop a model higher-order imperative programming language, and develop a program logic for it. I demonstrate the power of my program logic by verifying a series of examples. This includes both realistic patterns of higher-order imperative programming such as the subject-observer pattern, as well as examples demonstrating the use of higher-order logic to reason modularly about highly aliased data structures such as the union-find disjoint set algorithm.




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Computer Science

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Jonathan Aldrich,John C. Reynolds