Formal certification of a compiler back-end, or: programming a compiler with a proof assistant

Abstract : This paper reports on the development and formal certification (proof of semantic preservation) of a compiler from Cminor (a C-like imperative language) to PowerPC assembly code, using the Coq proof assistant both for programming the compiler and for proving its correctness. Such a certified compiler is useful in the context of formal methods applied to the certification of critical software: the certification of the compiler guarantees that the safety properties proved on the source code hold for the executable compiled code as well.
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Xavier Leroy. Formal certification of a compiler back-end, or: programming a compiler with a proof assistant. 33rd Symposium Principles of Programming Languages (POPL 2006), Jan 2006, Charleston, SC, United States. pp.42--54, ⟨10.1145/1111037.1111042⟩. ⟨inria-00000963⟩

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