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Formal verification of a realistic compiler

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This paper reports on the development and formal verification (proof of semantic preservation) of CompCert, a compiler from Clight (a large subset of the C programming language) to PowerPC assembly code, using the Coq proof assistant both for programming the compiler and for proving its correctness. Such a verified compiler is useful in the context of critical software and its formal verification: the verification 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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inria-00415861 , version 1 (11-09-2009)

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Xavier Leroy. Formal verification of a realistic compiler. Communications of the ACM, 2009, 52 (7), pp.107-115. ⟨10.1145/1538788.1538814⟩. ⟨inria-00415861⟩

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