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CIVL: The Concurrency Intermediate Verification Language

Stephen F. Siegel, Manchun Zheng, Ziqing Luo, Timothy K. Zirkel, Andre V. Marianiello, John G. Edenhofner, Matthew B. Dwyer, Michael S. Rogers, CIVL: The Concurrency Intermediate Verification Language. SC15: International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Austin TX, USA, Nov 15–20, 2015, pages 61:1-61:12.
There are many ways to express parallel programs: message-passing libraries (MPI) and multithreading/GPU language extensions such as OpenMP, Pthreads, and CUDA, are but a few. This multitude creates a serious challenge for developers of software verification tools: it takes enormous effort to develop such tools, but each development effort typically targets one small part of the concurrency landscape, with little sharing of techniques and code among efforts. To address this problem, we present CIVL: the Concurrency Intermediate Verification Language. CIVL provides a general concurrency model capable of representing programs in a variety of concurrency dialects, including those listed above. The CIVL framework currently includes front-ends for the four dialects, and a back-end verifier which uses model checking and symbolic execution to check a number of properties, including the absence of deadlocks, race conditions, assertion violations, illegal pointer dereferences and arithmetic, memory leaks, divisions by zero, and out-of- bound array indexing; it can also check that two programs are functionally equivalent.
  1. civl_sc_2015.pdf (preprint)
  2. civl_experiments_sc_2015.tgz (experimental archive with source code)
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  author = {Stephen F.\ Siegel and Manchun Zheng and Ziqing Luo and
            Timothy K.\ Zirkel and Andre V.\ Marianiello and John G.\ Edenhofner
            and Matthew B.\ Dwyer and Michael S.\ Rogers},
  title = {{CIVL}: The Concurrency Intermediate Verification Language},
  booktitle = {SC15: International Conference for High Performance
               Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Proceedings},
  series = {SC '15},
  year = {2015},
  month = {Nov},
  publisher = {IEEE Press},
  address = {Piscataway, NJ, USA},
  pages = {61:1-61:12}

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