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Abadi, Martín 
POPL '20: "A Simple Differentiable Programming ..."
A Simple Differentiable Programming Language
Martín Abadi and Gordon D. Plotkin (Google Research, USA) Automatic differentiation plays a prominent role in scientific computing and in modern machine learning, often in the context of powerful programming systems. The relation of the various embodiments of automatic differentiation to the mathematical notion of derivative is not always entirely cleardiscrepancies can arise, sometimes inadvertently. In order to study automatic differentiation in such programming contexts, we define a small but expressive programming language that includes a construct for reversemode differentiation. We give operational and denotational semantics for this language. The operational semantics employs popular implementation techniques, while the denotational semantics employs notions of differentiation familiar from real analysis. We establish that these semantics coincide. @Article{POPL20p38, author = {Martín Abadi and Gordon D. Plotkin}, title = {A Simple Differentiable Programming Language}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {38}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371106}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Abdulla, Parosh Aziz 
POPL '20: "Parameterized Verification ..."
Parameterized Verification under TSO is PSPACEComplete
Parosh Aziz Abdulla, Mohamed Faouzi Atig, and Rojin Rezvan (Uppsala University, Sweden; Sharif University of Technology, Iran) We consider parameterized verification of concurrent programs under the Total Store Order (TSO) semantics. A program consists of a set of processes that share a set of variables on which they can perform read and write operations. We show that the reachability problem for a system consisting of an arbitrary number of identical processes is PSPACEcomplete. We prove that the complexity is reduced to polynomial time if the processes are not allowed to read the initial values of the variables in the memory. When the processes are allowed to perform atomic readmodifywrite operations, the reachability problem has a nonprimitive recursive complexity. @Article{POPL20p26, author = {Parosh Aziz Abdulla and Mohamed Faouzi Atig and Rojin Rezvan}, title = {Parameterized Verification under TSO is PSPACEComplete}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {26}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371094}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Acar, Umut A. 
POPL '20: "Disentanglement in NestedParallel ..."
Disentanglement in NestedParallel Programs
Sam Westrick, Rohan Yadav, Matthew Fluet, and Umut A. Acar (Carnegie Mellon University, USA; Rochester Institute of Technology, USA) Nested parallelism has proved to be a popular approach for programming the rapidly expanding range of multicore computers. It allows programmers to express parallelism at a high level and relies on a runtime system and a scheduler to deliver efficiency and scalability. As a result, many programming languages and extensions that support nested parallelism have been developed, including in C/C++, Java, Haskell, and ML. Yet, writing efficient and scalable nested parallel programs remains challenging, primarily due to difficult concurrency bugs arising from destructive updates or effects. For decades, researchers have argued that functional programming can simplify writing parallel programs by allowing more control over effects but functional programs continue to underperform in comparison to parallel programs written in lowerlevel languages. The fundamental difficulty with functional languages is that they have high demand for memory, and this demand only grows with parallelism. In this paper, we identify a memory property, called disentanglement, of nestedparallel programs, and propose memory management techniques for improved efficiency and scalability. Disentanglement allows for (destructive) effects as long as concurrently executing threads do not gain knowledge of the memory objects allocated by each other. We formally define disentanglement by considering an MLlike higherorder language with mutable references and presenting a dynamic semantics for it that enables reasoning about computation graphs of nested parallel programs. Based on this graph semantics, we formalize a classic correctness propertydeterminacy race freedomand prove that it implies disentanglement. This establishes that disentanglement applies to a relatively broad class of parallel programs. We then propose memory management techniques for nestedparallel programs that take advantage of disentanglement for improved efficiency and scalability. We show that these techniques are practical by extending the MLton compiler for Standard ML to support this form of nested parallelism. Our empirical evaluation shows that our techniques are efficient and scale well. @Article{POPL20p47, author = {Sam Westrick and Rohan Yadav and Matthew Fluet and Umut A. Acar}, title = {Disentanglement in NestedParallel Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {47}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371115}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Ahmed, Amal 
POPL '20: "Graduality and Parametricity: ..."
Graduality and Parametricity: Together Again for the First Time
Max S. New, Dustin Jamner, and Amal Ahmed (Northeastern University, USA) Parametric polymorphism and gradual typing have proven to be a difficult combination, with no language yet produced that satisfies the fundamental theorems of each: parametricity and graduality. Notably, Toro, Labrada, and Tanter (POPL 2019) conjecture that for any gradual extension of System F that uses dynamic type generation, graduality and parametricity are ``simply incompatible''. However, we argue that it is not graduality and parametricity that are incompatible per se, but instead that combining the syntax of System F with dynamic type generation as in previous work necessitates typedirected computation, which we show has been a common source of graduality and parametricity violations in previous work. We then show that by modifying the syntax of universal and existential types to make the type name generation explicit, we remove the need for typedirected computation, and get a language that satisfies both graduality and parametricity theorems. The language has a simple runtime semantics, which can be explained by translation to a statically typed language where the dynamic type is interpreted as a dynamically extensible sum type. Far from being in conflict, we show that the parametricity theorem follows as a direct corollary of a relational interpretation of the graduality property. @Article{POPL20p46, author = {Max S. New and Dustin Jamner and Amal Ahmed}, title = {Graduality and Parametricity: Together Again for the First Time}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {46}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371114}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Ahrens, Benedikt 
POPL '20: "Reduction Monads and Their ..."
Reduction Monads and Their Signatures
Benedikt Ahrens, André Hirschowitz, Ambroise Lafont, and Marco Maggesi (University of Birmingham, UK; University of Côte d'Azur, France; IMT Atlantique, France; University of Florence, Italy) In this work, we study reduction monads, which are essentially the same as monads relative to the free functor from sets into multigraphs. Reduction monads account for two aspects of the lambda calculus: on the one hand, in the monadic viewpoint, the lambda calculus is an object equipped with a wellbehaved substitution; on the other hand, in the graphical viewpoint, it is an oriented multigraph whose vertices are terms and whose edges witness the reductions between two terms. We study presentations of reduction monads. To this end, we propose a notion of reduction signature. As usual, such a signature plays the role of a virtual presentation, and specifies arities for generating operations—possibly subject to equations—together with arities for generating reduction rules. For each such signature, we define a category of models; any model is, in particular, a reduction monad. If the initial object of this category of models exists, we call it the reduction monad presented (or specified) by the given reduction signature. Our main result identifies a class of reduction signatures which specify a reduction monad in the above sense. We show in the examples that our approach covers several standard variants of the lambda calculus. @Article{POPL20p31, author = {Benedikt Ahrens and André Hirschowitz and Ambroise Lafont and Marco Maggesi}, title = {Reduction Monads and Their Signatures}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {31}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371099}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Aldrich, Jonathan 
POPL '20: "Decidable Subtyping for Path ..."
Decidable Subtyping for Path Dependent Types
Julian Mackay, Alex Potanin, Jonathan Aldrich, and Lindsay Groves (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Carnegie Mellon University, USA) Path dependent types have long served as an expressive component of the Scala programming language. They allow for the modelling of both bounded polymorphism and a degree of nominal subtyping. Nominality in turn provides the ability to capture first class modules. Thus a single language feature gives rise to a rich array of expressiveness. Recent work has proven path dependent types sound in the presence of both intersection and recursive types, but unfortunately typing remains undecidable, posing problems for programmers who rely on the results of type checkers. The Wyvern programming language is an object oriented language with path dependent types, recursive types and first class modules. In this paper we define two variants of Wyvern that feature decidable typing, along with machine checked proofs of decidability. Despite the restrictions, our approaches retain the ability to encode the parameteric polymorphism of Java generics along with many idioms of the Scala module system. @Article{POPL20p66, author = {Julian Mackay and Alex Potanin and Jonathan Aldrich and Lindsay Groves}, title = {Decidable Subtyping for Path Dependent Types}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {66}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371134}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

An, Shengwei 
POPL '20: "Augmented ExampleBased Synthesis ..."
Augmented ExampleBased Synthesis using Relational Perturbation Properties
Shengwei An, Rishabh Singh, Sasa Misailovic, and Roopsha Samanta (Purdue University, USA; Google, USA; University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, USA) Examplebased specifications for program synthesis are inherently ambiguous and may cause synthesizers to generate programs that do not exhibit intended behavior on unseen inputs. Existing synthesis techniques attempt to address this problem by either placing a domainspecific syntactic bias on the hypothesis space or heavily relying on user feedback to help resolve ambiguity. We present a new framework to address the ambiguity/generalizability problem in examplebased synthesis. The key feature of our framework is that it places a semantic bias on the hypothesis space using "relational perturbation properties" that relate the perturbation/change in a program output to the perturbation/change in a program input. An example of such a property is permutation invariance: the program output does not change when the elements of the program input (array) are permuted. The framework is portable across multiple domains and synthesizers and is based on two core steps: (1) automatically augment the set of userprovided examples by "applying" relational perturbation properties and (2) use a generic examplebased synthesizer to generate a program consistent with the augmented set of examples. Our framework can be instantiated with three different user interfaces, with varying degrees of user engagement to help infer relevant relational perturbation properties. This includes an interface in which the user only provides examples and our framework automatically infers relevant properties. We implement our framework in a tool SKETCHAX specialized to the SKETCH synthesizer and demonstrate that SKETCHAX is effective in significantly boosting the performance of SKETCH for all three user interfaces. @Article{POPL20p56, author = {Shengwei An and Rishabh Singh and Sasa Misailovic and Roopsha Samanta}, title = {Augmented ExampleBased Synthesis using Relational Perturbation Properties}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {56}, numpages = {24}, doi = {10.1145/3371124}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Arntzenius, Michael 
POPL '20: "Seminaïve Evaluation for ..."
Seminaïve Evaluation for a HigherOrder Functional Language
Michael Arntzenius and Neel Krishnaswami (University of Birmingham, UK; University of Cambridge, UK) One of the workhorse techniques for implementing bottomup Datalog engines is seminaïve evaluation. This optimization improves the performance of Datalog's most distinctive feature: recursively defined predicates. These are computed iteratively, and under a naïve evaluation strategy, each iteration recomputes all previous values. Seminaïve evaluation computes a safe approximation of the difference between iterations. This can asymptotically improve the performance of Datalog queries. Seminaïve evaluation is defined partly as a program transformation and partly as a modified iteration strategy, and takes advantage of the firstorder nature of Datalog code. This paper extends the seminaïve transformation to higherorder programs written in the Datafun language, which extends Datalog with features like firstclass relations, higherorder functions, and datatypes like sum types. @Article{POPL20p22, author = {Michael Arntzenius and Neel Krishnaswami}, title = {Seminaïve Evaluation for a HigherOrder Functional Language}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {22}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371090}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Aschieri, Federico 
POPL '20: "Par Means Parallel: Multiplicative ..."
Par Means Parallel: Multiplicative Linear Logic Proofs as Concurrent Functional Programs
Federico Aschieri and Francesco A. Genco (TU Vienna, Austria; University of Paris 1, France) Along the lines of Abramsky’s “ProofsasProcesses” program, we present an interpretation of multiplicative linear logic as typing system for concurrent functional programming. In particular, we study a linear multipleconclusion natural deduction system and show it is isomorphic to a simple and natural extension of λcalculus with parallelism and communication primitives, called λpar. We shall prove that λpar satisfies all the desirable properties for a typed programming language: subject reduction, progress, strong normalization and confluence. @Article{POPL20p18, author = {Federico Aschieri and Francesco A. Genco}, title = {Par Means Parallel: Multiplicative Linear Logic Proofs as Concurrent Functional Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {18}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371086}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Atig, Mohamed Faouzi 
POPL '20: "Parameterized Verification ..."
Parameterized Verification under TSO is PSPACEComplete
Parosh Aziz Abdulla, Mohamed Faouzi Atig, and Rojin Rezvan (Uppsala University, Sweden; Sharif University of Technology, Iran) We consider parameterized verification of concurrent programs under the Total Store Order (TSO) semantics. A program consists of a set of processes that share a set of variables on which they can perform read and write operations. We show that the reachability problem for a system consisting of an arbitrary number of identical processes is PSPACEcomplete. We prove that the complexity is reduced to polynomial time if the processes are not allowed to read the initial values of the variables in the memory. When the processes are allowed to perform atomic readmodifywrite operations, the reachability problem has a nonprimitive recursive complexity. @Article{POPL20p26, author = {Parosh Aziz Abdulla and Mohamed Faouzi Atig and Rojin Rezvan}, title = {Parameterized Verification under TSO is PSPACEComplete}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {26}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371094}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Ballantyne, Michael 
POPL '20: "Dependent Type Systems as ..."
Dependent Type Systems as Macros
Stephen Chang, Michael Ballantyne, Milo Turner, and William J. Bowman (Northeastern University, USA; PLT Group, USA; University of British Columbia, Canada) We present Turnstile+, a highlevel, macrosbased metaDSL for building dependently typed languages. With it, programmers may rapidly prototype and iterate on the design of new dependently typed features and extensions. Or they may create entirely new DSLs whose dependent type ``power'' is tailored to a specific domain. Our framework's support of languageoriented programming also makes it suitable for experimenting with systems of interacting components, e.g., a proof assistant and its companion DSLs. This paper explains the implementation details of Turnstile+, as well as how it may be used to create a widevariety of dependently typed languages, from a lightweight one with indexed types, to a full spectrum proof assistant, complete with a tactic system and extensions for features like sized types and SMT interaction. @Article{POPL20p3, author = {Stephen Chang and Michael Ballantyne and Milo Turner and William J. Bowman}, title = {Dependent Type Systems as Macros}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {3}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371071}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Bansal, Suguman 
POPL '20: "Synthesis of Coordination ..."
Synthesis of Coordination Programs from Linear Temporal Specifications
Suguman Bansal, Kedar S. Namjoshi, and Yaniv Sa'ar (Rice University, USA; Nokia Bell Labs, USA; Nokia Bell Labs, Israel) This paper presents a method for synthesizing a reactive program to coordinate the actions of a group of other reactive programs so that the combined system satisfies a temporal specification of its desired longterm behavior. Traditionally, reactive synthesis has been applied to the construction of a stateful hardware circuit. This work is motivated by applications to other domains, such as the IoT (the Internet of Things) and robotics, where it is necessary to coordinate the actions of multiple sensors, devices, and robots to carry out a task. The mathematical model represents each agent as a process in Hoare’s CSP model. Given a network of interacting agents, called an environment, and a temporal specification of longterm behavior, the synthesis method constructs a coordinator process (if one exists) that guides the actions of the environment agents so that the combined system is deadlockfree and satisfies the given specification. The main technical challenge is that a coordinator may have only partial information of the environment state, due to nondeterminism within the environment and internal environment actions that are hidden from the coordinator. This is the first method to handle both sources of partial information and to do so for arbitrary linear temporal logic specifications. It is established that the coordination synthesis problem is PSPACEhard in the size of the environment. A prototype implementation is able to synthesize compact solutions for a number of coordination problems. @Article{POPL20p54, author = {Suguman Bansal and Kedar S. Namjoshi and Yaniv Sa'ar}, title = {Synthesis of Coordination Programs from Linear Temporal Specifications}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {54}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371122}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Functional 

Barbarossa, Davide 
POPL '20: "Taylor Subsumes Scott, Berry, ..."
Taylor Subsumes Scott, Berry, Kahn and Plotkin
Davide Barbarossa and Giulio Manzonetto (University of Paris 13, France) The speculative ambition of replacing the old theory of program approximation based on syntactic continuity with the theory of resource consumption based on Taylor expansion and originating from the differential λcalculus is nowadays at hand. Using this resource sensitive theory, we provide simple proofs of important results in λcalculus that are usually demonstrated by exploiting Scott’s continuity, Berry’s stability or Kahn and Plotkin’s sequentiality theory. A paradigmatic example is given by the Perpendicular Lines Lemma for the Böhm tree semantics, which is proved here simply by induction, but relying on the main properties of resource approximants: strong normalization, confluence and linearity. @Article{POPL20p1, author = {Davide Barbarossa and Giulio Manzonetto}, title = {Taylor Subsumes Scott, Berry, Kahn and Plotkin}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {1}, numpages = {23}, doi = {10.1145/3371069}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Barthe, Gilles 
POPL '20: "Relational Proofs for Quantum ..."
Relational Proofs for Quantum Programs
Gilles Barthe, Justin Hsu, Mingsheng Ying, Nengkun Yu, and Li Zhou (MPI for Security and Privacy, Germany; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; University of WisconsinMadison, USA; University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Institute of Software at Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; Tsinghua University, China) Relational verification of quantum programs has many potential applications in quantum and postquantum security and other domains. We propose a relational program logic for quantum programs. The interpretation of our logic is based on a quantum analogue of probabilistic couplings. We use our logic to verify nontrivial relational properties of quantum programs, including uniformity for samples generated by the quantum Bernoulli factory, reliability of quantum teleportation against noise (bit and phase flip), security of quantum onetime pad and equivalence of quantum walks. @Article{POPL20p21, author = {Gilles Barthe and Justin Hsu and Mingsheng Ying and Nengkun Yu and Li Zhou}, title = {Relational Proofs for Quantum Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {21}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371089}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search POPL '20: "A Probabilistic Separation ..." A Probabilistic Separation Logic Gilles Barthe, Justin Hsu, and Kevin Liao (MPI for Security and Privacy, Germany; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; University of WisconsinMadison, USA; University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, USA) Probabilistic independence is a useful concept for describing the result of random sampling—a basic operation in all probabilistic languages—and for reasoning about groups of random variables. Nevertheless, existing verification methods handle independence poorly, if at all. We propose a probabili stic separation logic PSL, where separation models probabilistic independence. We first give a new, probabilistic model of the logic of bunched implications (BI). We then build a program logic based on these assertions, and prove soundness of the proof system. We demonstrate our logic by verifying informationtheoretic security of cryptographic constructions for several wellknown tasks, including private information retrieval, oblivious transfer, secure multiparty addition, and simple oblivious RAM. Our proofs reason purely in terms of highlevel properties, like independence and uniformity. @Article{POPL20p55, author = {Gilles Barthe and Justin Hsu and Kevin Liao}, title = {A Probabilistic Separation Logic}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {55}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371123}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search POPL '20: "Formal Verification of a ConstantTime ..." Formal Verification of a ConstantTime Preserving C Compiler Gilles Barthe, Sandrine Blazy, Benjamin Grégoire, Rémi Hutin, Vincent Laporte, David Pichardie, and Alix Trieu (MPI for Security and Privacy, Germany; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; University of Rennes, France; Inria, France; CNRS, France; IRISA, France; Aarhus University, Denmark) Timing sidechannels are arguably one of the main sources of vulnerabilities in cryptographic implementations. One effective mitigation against timing sidechannels is to write programs that do not perform secretdependent branches and memory accesses. This mitigation, known as "cryptographic constanttime", is adopted by several popular cryptographic libraries. This paper focuses on compilation of cryptographic constanttime programs, and more specifically on the following question: is the code generated by a realistic compiler for a constanttime source program itself provably constanttime? Surprisingly, we answer the question positively for a mildly modified version of the CompCert compiler, a formally verified and moderately optimizing compiler for C. Concretely, we modify the CompCert compiler to eliminate sources of potential leakage. Then, we instrument the operational semantics of CompCert intermediate languages so as to be able to capture cryptographic constanttime. Finally, we prove that the modified CompCert compiler preserves constanttime. Our mechanization maximizes reuse of the CompCert correctness proof, through the use of new proof techniques for proving preservation of constanttime. These techniques achieve complementary tradeoffs between generality and tractability of proof effort, and are of independent interest. @Article{POPL20p7, author = {Gilles Barthe and Sandrine Blazy and Benjamin Grégoire and Rémi Hutin and Vincent Laporte and David Pichardie and Alix Trieu}, title = {Formal Verification of a ConstantTime Preserving C Compiler}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {7}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371075}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Beckett, Ryan 
POPL '20: "Abstract Interpretation of ..."
Abstract Interpretation of Distributed Network Control Planes
Ryan Beckett, Aarti Gupta, Ratul Mahajan, and David Walker (Microsoft Research, USA; Princeton University, USA; University of Washington, USA; Intentionet, USA) The control plane of most computer networks runs distributed routing protocols that determine if and how traffic is forwarded. Errors in the configuration of network control planes frequently knock down critical online services, leading to economic damage for service providers and significant hardship for users. Validation via aheadoftime simulation can help find configuration errors but such techniques are expensive or even intractable for large industrial networks. We explore the use of abstract interpretation to address this fundamental scaling challenge and find that the right abstractions can reduce the asymptotic complexity of network simulation. Based on this observation, we build a tool called ShapeShifter for reachability analysis. On a suite of 127 production networks from a large cloud provider, ShapeShifter provides an asymptotic improvement in runtime and memory over the stateoftheart simulator. These gains come with a minimal loss in precision. Our abstract analysis accurately predicts reachability for all destinations for 95% of the networks and for most destinations for the remaining 5%. We also find that abstract interpretation of network control planes not only speeds up existing analyses but also facilitates new kinds of analyses. We illustrate this advantage through a new destination "hijacking" analysis for the border gateway protocol (BGP), the globallydeployed routing protocol. @Article{POPL20p42, author = {Ryan Beckett and Aarti Gupta and Ratul Mahajan and David Walker}, title = {Abstract Interpretation of Distributed Network Control Planes}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {42}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371110}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Bengtson, Jesper 
POPL '20: "Actris: SessionType Based ..."
Actris: SessionType Based Reasoning in Separation Logic
Jonas Kastberg Hinrichsen, Jesper Bengtson, and Robbert Krebbers (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Delft University of Technology, Netherlands) Message passing is a useful abstraction to implement concurrent programs. For realworld systems, however, it is often combined with other programming and concurrency paradigms, such as higherorder functions, mutable state, sharedmemory concurrency, and locks. We present Actris: a logic for proving functional correctness of programs that use a combination of the aforementioned features. Actris combines the power of modern concurrent separation logics with a firstclass protocol mechanism—based on session types—for reasoning about message passing in the presence of other concurrency paradigms. We show that Actris provides a suitable level of abstraction by proving functional correctness of a variety of examples, including a distributed merge sort, a distributed loadbalancing mapper, and a variant of the mapreduce model, using relatively simple specifications. Soundness of Actris is proved using a model of its protocol mechanism in the Iris framework. We mechanised the theory of Actris, together with tactics for symbolic execution of programs, as well as all examples in the paper, in the Coq proof assistant. @Article{POPL20p6, author = {Jonas Kastberg Hinrichsen and Jesper Bengtson and Robbert Krebbers}, title = {Actris: SessionType Based Reasoning in Separation Logic}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {6}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371074}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Biernacki, Dariusz 
POPL '20: "Binders by Day, Labels by ..."
Binders by Day, Labels by Night: Effect Instances via Lexically Scoped Handlers
Dariusz Biernacki, Maciej Piróg, Piotr Polesiuk, and Filip Sieczkowski (University of Wrocław, Poland) Handlers of algebraic effects aspire to be a practical and robust programming construct that allows one to define, use, and combine different computational effects. Interestingly, a critical problem that still bars the way to their popular adoption is how to combine different uses of the same effect in a program, particularly in a language with a static typeandeffect system. For example, it is rudimentary to define the “mutable memory cell” effect as a pair of operations, put and get, together with a handler, but it is far from obvious how to use this effect a number of times to operate a number of memory cells in a single context. In this paper, we propose a solution based on lexically scoped effects in which each use (an “instance”) of an effect can be singled out by name, bound by an enclosing handler and tracked in the type of the expression. Such a setting proves to be delicate with respect to the choice of semantics, as it depends on the explosive mixture of effects, polymorphism, and reduction under binders. Hence, we devise a novel approach to Kripkestyle logical relations that can deal with open terms, which allows us to prove the desired properties of our calculus. We formalise our core results in Coq, and introduce an experimental surfacelevel programming language to show that our approach is applicable in practice. @Article{POPL20p48, author = {Dariusz Biernacki and Maciej Piróg and Piotr Polesiuk and Filip Sieczkowski}, title = {Binders by Day, Labels by Night: Effect Instances via Lexically Scoped Handlers}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {48}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371116}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Functional 

Binder, David 
POPL '20: "Decomposition Diversity with ..."
Decomposition Diversity with Symmetric Data and Codata
David Binder, Julian Jabs, Ingo Skupin, and Klaus Ostermann (University of Tübingen, Germany) The expression problem describes a fundamental tradeoff in program design: Should a program's primary decomposition be determined by the way its domain objects are constructed ("functional" decomposition), or by the way they are destructed ("objectoriented" decomposition)? We argue that programming languages should not force one of these decompositions on the programmer; rather, a programming language should support both ways of decomposing a program in a symmetric way, with an easy translation between these decompositions. However, current programming languages are usually not symmetric and hence make it unnecessarily hard to switch the decomposition. We propose a language that is symmetric in this regard and allows a fully automatic translation between "functional" and "objectoriented" decomposition. We present a language with algebraic data types and pattern matching for "functional" decomposition and codata types and copattern matching for "objectoriented" decomposition, together with a bijective translation that turns a data type into a codata type ("destructorization") or vice versa ("constructorization"). We present the first symmetric programming language with support for local (co)pattern matching, which includes local anonymous function or object definitions, that allows an automatic translation as described above. We also present the first mechanical formalization of such a language and prove i) that the type system is sound, that the translations between data and codata types are ii) typepreserving, iii) behaviorpreserving and iv) inverses of each other. We also extract a mechanically verified implementation from our formalization and have implemented an IDE with direct support for these translations. @Article{POPL20p30, author = {David Binder and Julian Jabs and Ingo Skupin and Klaus Ostermann}, title = {Decomposition Diversity with Symmetric Data and Codata}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {30}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371098}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Functional 

Blatt, Austin J. 
POPL '20: "Executable Formal Semantics ..."
Executable Formal Semantics for the POSIX Shell
Michael Greenberg and Austin J. Blatt (Pomona College, USA; Puppet Labs, USA) The POSIX shell is a widely deployed, powerful tool for managing computer systems. The shell is the expert’s control panel, a necessary tool for configuring, compiling, installing, maintaining, and deploying systems. Even though it is powerful, critical infrastructure, the POSIX shell is maligned and misunderstood. Its power and its subtlety are a dangerous combination. We define a formal, mechanized, executable smallstep semantics for the POSIX shell, which we call Smoosh. We compared Smoosh against seven other shells that aim for some measure of POSIX compliance (bash, dash, zsh, OSH, mksh, ksh93, and yash). Using three test suites—the POSIX test suite, the Modernish test suite and shell diagnostic, and a test suite of our own device—we found Smoosh’s semantics to be the most conformant to the POSIX standard. Modernish judges Smoosh to have the fewest bugs (just one, from using dash’s parser) and no quirks. To show that our semantics is useful beyond yielding a conformant, executable shell, we also implemented a symbolic stepper to illuminate the subtle behavior of the shell. Smoosh will serve as a foundation for formal study of the POSIX shell, supporting research on and development of new shells, new tooling for shells, and new shell designs. @Article{POPL20p43, author = {Michael Greenberg and Austin J. Blatt}, title = {Executable Formal Semantics for the POSIX Shell}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {43}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371111}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Blazy, Sandrine 
POPL '20: "Formal Verification of a ConstantTime ..."
Formal Verification of a ConstantTime Preserving C Compiler
Gilles Barthe, Sandrine Blazy, Benjamin Grégoire, Rémi Hutin, Vincent Laporte, David Pichardie, and Alix Trieu (MPI for Security and Privacy, Germany; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; University of Rennes, France; Inria, France; CNRS, France; IRISA, France; Aarhus University, Denmark) Timing sidechannels are arguably one of the main sources of vulnerabilities in cryptographic implementations. One effective mitigation against timing sidechannels is to write programs that do not perform secretdependent branches and memory accesses. This mitigation, known as "cryptographic constanttime", is adopted by several popular cryptographic libraries. This paper focuses on compilation of cryptographic constanttime programs, and more specifically on the following question: is the code generated by a realistic compiler for a constanttime source program itself provably constanttime? Surprisingly, we answer the question positively for a mildly modified version of the CompCert compiler, a formally verified and moderately optimizing compiler for C. Concretely, we modify the CompCert compiler to eliminate sources of potential leakage. Then, we instrument the operational semantics of CompCert intermediate languages so as to be able to capture cryptographic constanttime. Finally, we prove that the modified CompCert compiler preserves constanttime. Our mechanization maximizes reuse of the CompCert correctness proof, through the use of new proof techniques for proving preservation of constanttime. These techniques achieve complementary tradeoffs between generality and tractability of proof effort, and are of independent interest. @Article{POPL20p7, author = {Gilles Barthe and Sandrine Blazy and Benjamin Grégoire and Rémi Hutin and Vincent Laporte and David Pichardie and Alix Trieu}, title = {Formal Verification of a ConstantTime Preserving C Compiler}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {7}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371075}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Bodik, Rastislav 
POPL '20: "Visualization by Example ..."
Visualization by Example
Chenglong Wang, Yu Feng, Rastislav Bodik, Alvin Cheung, and Isil Dillig (University of Washington, USA; University of California at Santa Barbara, USA; University of California at Berkeley, USA; University of Texas at Austin, USA) While visualizations play a crucial role in gaining insights from data, generating useful visualizations from a complex dataset is far from an easy task. In particular, besides understanding the functionality provided by existing visualization libraries, generating the desired visualization also requires reshaping and aggregating the underlying data as well as composing different visual elements to achieve the intended visual narrative. This paper aims to simplify visualization tasks by automatically synthesizing the required program from simple visual sketches provided by the user. Specifically, given an input data set and a visual sketch that demonstrates how to visualize a very small subset of this data, our technique automatically generates a program that can be used to visualize the entire data set. From a program synthesis perspective, automating visualization tasks poses several challenges that are not addressed by prior techniques. First, because many visualization tasks require data wrangling in addition to generating plots from a given table, we need to decompose the endtoend synthesis task into two separate subproblems. Second, because the intermediate specification that results from the decomposition is necessarily imprecise, this makes the data wrangling task particularly challenging in our context. In this paper, we address these problems by developing a new compositional visualizationbyexample technique that (a) decomposes the endtoend task into two different synthesis problems over different DSLs and (b) leverages bidirectional program analysis to deal with the complexity that arises from having an imprecise intermediate specification. We have implemented our visualizationbyexample approach in a tool called Viser and evaluate it on over 80 visualization tasks collected from online forums and tutorials. Viser can solve 84 of these benchmarks within a 600 second time limit, and, for those tasks that can be solved, the desired visualization is among the top5 generated by Viser in 70% of the cases. @Article{POPL20p49, author = {Chenglong Wang and Yu Feng and Rastislav Bodik and Alvin Cheung and Isil Dillig}, title = {Visualization by Example}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {49}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371117}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Boulier, Simon 
POPL '20: "Coq Coq Correct! Verification ..."
Coq Coq Correct! Verification of Type Checking and Erasure for Coq, in Coq
Matthieu Sozeau, Simon Boulier, Yannick Forster, Nicolas Tabareau, and Théo Winterhalter (Inria, France; IRIF, France; CNRS, France; University of Paris Diderot, France; Saarland University, Germany) Coq is built around a welldelimited kernel that perfoms typechecking for definitions in a variant of the Calculus of Inductive Constructions (CIC). Although the metatheory of CIC is very stable and reliable, the correctness of its implementation in Coq is less clear. Indeed, implementing an efficient type checker for CIC is a rather complex task, and many parts of the code rely on implicit invariants which can easily be broken by further evolution of the code. Therefore, on average, one critical bug has been found every year in Coq. This paper presents the first implementation of a type checker for the kernel of Coq (without the module system and template polymorphism), which is proven correct in Coq with respect to its formal specification and axiomatisation of part of its metatheory. Note that because of Gödel's incompleteness theorem, there is no hope to prove completely the correctness of the specification of Coq inside Coq (in particular strong normalisation or canonicity), but it is possible to prove the correctness of the implementation assuming the correctness of the specification, thus moving from a trusted code base (TCB) to a trusted theory base (TTB) paradigm. Our work is based on the MetaCoq project which provides metaprogramming facilities to work with terms and declarations at the level of this kernel. Our type checker is based on the specification of the typing relation of the Polymorphic, Cumulative Calculus of Inductive Constructions (PCUIC) at the basis of Coq and the verification of a relatively efficient and sound typechecker for it. In addition to the kernel implementation, an essential feature of Coq is the socalled extraction: the production of executable code in functional languages from Coq definitions. We present a verified version of this subtle typeandproof erasure step, therefore enabling the verified extraction of a safe typechecker for Coq. @Article{POPL20p8, author = {Matthieu Sozeau and Simon Boulier and Yannick Forster and Nicolas Tabareau and Théo Winterhalter}, title = {Coq Coq Correct! Verification of Type Checking and Erasure for Coq, in Coq}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {8}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371076}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Bourke, Timothy 
POPL '20: "Mechanized Semantics and Verified ..."
Mechanized Semantics and Verified Compilation for a Dataflow Synchronous Language with Reset
Timothy Bourke, Lélio Brun, and Marc Pouzet (Inria, France; ENS, France; PSL University, France; Sorbonne University, France) Specifications based on block diagrams and state machines are used to design control software, especially in the certified development of safetycritical applications. Tools like SCADE Suite and Simulink/Stateflow are equipped with compilers that translate such specifications into executable code. They provide programming languages for composing functions over streams as typified by Dataflow Synchronous Languages like Lustre. Recent work builds on CompCert to specify and verify a compiler for the core of Lustre in the Coq Interactive Theorem Prover. It formally links the streambased semantics of the source language to the sequential memory manipulations of generated assembly code. We extend this work to treat a primitive for resetting subsystems. Our contributions include new semantic rules that are suitable for mechanized reasoning, a novel intermediate language for generating optimized code, and proofs of correctness for the associated compilation passes. @Article{POPL20p44, author = {Timothy Bourke and Lélio Brun and Marc Pouzet}, title = {Mechanized Semantics and Verified Compilation for a Dataflow Synchronous Language with Reset}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {44}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371112}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Bowman, William J. 
POPL '20: "Dependent Type Systems as ..."
Dependent Type Systems as Macros
Stephen Chang, Michael Ballantyne, Milo Turner, and William J. Bowman (Northeastern University, USA; PLT Group, USA; University of British Columbia, Canada) We present Turnstile+, a highlevel, macrosbased metaDSL for building dependently typed languages. With it, programmers may rapidly prototype and iterate on the design of new dependently typed features and extensions. Or they may create entirely new DSLs whose dependent type ``power'' is tailored to a specific domain. Our framework's support of languageoriented programming also makes it suitable for experimenting with systems of interacting components, e.g., a proof assistant and its companion DSLs. This paper explains the implementation details of Turnstile+, as well as how it may be used to create a widevariety of dependently typed languages, from a lightweight one with indexed types, to a full spectrum proof assistant, complete with a tactic system and extensions for features like sized types and SMT interaction. @Article{POPL20p3, author = {Stephen Chang and Michael Ballantyne and Milo Turner and William J. Bowman}, title = {Dependent Type Systems as Macros}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {3}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371071}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Brun, Lélio 
POPL '20: "Mechanized Semantics and Verified ..."
Mechanized Semantics and Verified Compilation for a Dataflow Synchronous Language with Reset
Timothy Bourke, Lélio Brun, and Marc Pouzet (Inria, France; ENS, France; PSL University, France; Sorbonne University, France) Specifications based on block diagrams and state machines are used to design control software, especially in the certified development of safetycritical applications. Tools like SCADE Suite and Simulink/Stateflow are equipped with compilers that translate such specifications into executable code. They provide programming languages for composing functions over streams as typified by Dataflow Synchronous Languages like Lustre. Recent work builds on CompCert to specify and verify a compiler for the core of Lustre in the Coq Interactive Theorem Prover. It formally links the streambased semantics of the source language to the sequential memory manipulations of generated assembly code. We extend this work to treat a primitive for resetting subsystems. Our contributions include new semantic rules that are suitable for mechanized reasoning, a novel intermediate language for generating optimized code, and proofs of correctness for the associated compilation passes. @Article{POPL20p44, author = {Timothy Bourke and Lélio Brun and Marc Pouzet}, title = {Mechanized Semantics and Verified Compilation for a Dataflow Synchronous Language with Reset}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {44}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371112}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Brunel, Aloïs 
POPL '20: "Backpropagation in the Simply ..."
Backpropagation in the Simply Typed LambdaCalculus with Linear Negation
Aloïs Brunel, Damiano Mazza, and Michele Pagani (Deepomatic, France; CNRS, France; IRIF, France; University of Paris Diderot, France) Backpropagation is a classic automatic differentiation algorithm computing the gradient of functions specified by a certain class of simple, firstorder programs, called computational graphs. It is a fundamental tool in several fields, most notably machine learning, where it is the key for efficiently training (deep) neural networks. Recent years have witnessed the quick growth of a research field called differentiable programming, the aim of which is to express computational graphs more synthetically and modularly by resorting to actual programming languages endowed with control flow operators and higherorder combinators, such as map and fold. In this paper, we extend the backpropagation algorithm to a paradigmatic example of such a programming language: we define a compositional program transformation from the simplytyped lambdacalculus to itself augmented with a notion of linear negation, and prove that this computes the gradient of the source program with the same efficiency as firstorder backpropagation. The transformation is completely effectfree and thus provides a purely logical understanding of the dynamics of backpropagation. @Article{POPL20p64, author = {Aloïs Brunel and Damiano Mazza and Michele Pagani}, title = {Backpropagation in the Simply Typed LambdaCalculus with Linear Negation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {64}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371132}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Bruni, Roberto 
POPL '20: "Abstract Extensionality: On ..."
Abstract Extensionality: On the Properties of Incomplete Abstract Interpretations
Roberto Bruni, Roberto Giacobazzi, Roberta Gori, Isabel GarciaContreras, and Dusko Pavlovic (University of Pisa, Italy; University of Verona, Italy; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain; University of Hawaii, USA) In this paper we generalise the notion of extensional (functional) equivalence of programs to abstract equivalences induced by abstract interpretations. The standard notion of extensional equivalence is recovered as the special case, induced by the concrete interpretation. Some properties of the extensional equivalence, such as the one spelled out in Rice’s theorem, lift to the abstract equivalences in suitably generalised forms. On the other hand, the generalised framework gives rise to interesting and important new properties, and allows refined, nonextensional analyses. In particular, since programs turn out to be extensionally equivalent if and only if they are equivalent just for the concrete interpretation, it follows that any nontrivial abstract interpretation uncovers some intensional aspect of programs. This striking result is also effective, in the sense that it allows constructing, for any nontrivial abstraction, a pair of programs that are extensionally equivalent, but have different abstract semantics. The construction is based on the fact that abstract interpretations are always sound, but that they can be made incomplete through suitable code transformations. To construct these transformations, we introduce a novel technique for building incompleteness cliques of extensionally equivalent yet abstractly distinguishable programs: They are built together with abstract interpretations that produce false alarms. While programs are forced into incompleteness cliques using both controlflow and dataflow transformations, the main result follows from limitations of dataflow transformations with respect to controlflow ones. A further consequence is that the class of incomplete programs for a nontrivial abstraction is Turing complete. The obtained results also shed a new light on the relation between the techniques of code obfuscation and the precision in program analysis. @Article{POPL20p28, author = {Roberto Bruni and Roberto Giacobazzi and Roberta Gori and Isabel GarciaContreras and Dusko Pavlovic}, title = {Abstract Extensionality: On the Properties of Incomplete Abstract Interpretations}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {28}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371096}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Carbin, Michael 
POPL '20: "Trace Types and Denotational ..."
Trace Types and Denotational Semantics for Sound Programmable Inference in Probabilistic Languages
Alexander K. Lew, Marco F. CusumanoTowner, Benjamin Sherman, Michael Carbin, and Vikash K. Mansinghka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) Modern probabilistic programming languages aim to formalize and automate key aspects of probabilistic modeling and inference. Many languages provide constructs for programmable inference that enable developers to improve inference speed and accuracy by tailoring an algorithm for use with a particular model or dataset. Unfortunately, it is easy to use these constructs to write unsound programs that appear to run correctly but produce incorrect results. To address this problem, we present a denotational semantics for programmable inference in higherorder probabilistic programming languages, along with a type system that ensures that welltyped inference programs are sound by construction. A central insight is that the type of a probabilistic expression can track the space of its possible execution traces, not just the type of value that it returns, as these traces are often the objects that inference algorithms manipulate. We use our semantics and type system to establish soundness properties of custom inference programs that use constructs for variational, sequential Monte Carlo, importance sampling, and Markov chain Monte Carlo inference. @Article{POPL20p19, author = {Alexander K. Lew and Marco F. CusumanoTowner and Benjamin Sherman and Michael Carbin and Vikash K. Mansinghka}, title = {Trace Types and Denotational Semantics for Sound Programmable Inference in Probabilistic Languages}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {19}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371087}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Chang, Stephen 
POPL '20: "Dependent Type Systems as ..."
Dependent Type Systems as Macros
Stephen Chang, Michael Ballantyne, Milo Turner, and William J. Bowman (Northeastern University, USA; PLT Group, USA; University of British Columbia, Canada) We present Turnstile+, a highlevel, macrosbased metaDSL for building dependently typed languages. With it, programmers may rapidly prototype and iterate on the design of new dependently typed features and extensions. Or they may create entirely new DSLs whose dependent type ``power'' is tailored to a specific domain. Our framework's support of languageoriented programming also makes it suitable for experimenting with systems of interacting components, e.g., a proof assistant and its companion DSLs. This paper explains the implementation details of Turnstile+, as well as how it may be used to create a widevariety of dependently typed languages, from a lightweight one with indexed types, to a full spectrum proof assistant, complete with a tactic system and extensions for features like sized types and SMT interaction. @Article{POPL20p3, author = {Stephen Chang and Michael Ballantyne and Milo Turner and William J. Bowman}, title = {Dependent Type Systems as Macros}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {3}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371071}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Chatterjee, Krishnendu 
POPL '20: "Proving Expected Sensitivity ..."
Proving Expected Sensitivity of Probabilistic Programs with Randomized VariableDependent Termination Time
Peixin Wang, Hongfei Fu, Krishnendu Chatterjee, Yuxin Deng, and Ming Xu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China; IST Austria, Austria; East China Normal University, China; Pengcheng Laboratory, China) The notion of program sensitivity (aka Lipschitz continuity) specifies that changes in the program input result in proportional changes to the program output. For probabilistic programs the notion is naturally extended to expected sensitivity. A previous approach develops a relational program logic framework for proving expected sensitivity of probabilistic while loops, where the number of iterations is fixed and bounded. In this work, we consider probabilistic while loops where the number of iterations is not fixed, but randomized and depends on the initial input values. We present a sound approach for proving expected sensitivity of such programs. Our sound approach is martingalebased and can be automated through existing martingalesynthesis algorithms. Furthermore, our approach is compositional for sequential composition of while loops under a mild side condition. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach on several classical examples from Gambler's Ruin, stochastic hybrid systems and stochastic gradient descent. We also present experimental results showing that our automated approach can handle various probabilistic programs in the literature. @Article{POPL20p25, author = {Peixin Wang and Hongfei Fu and Krishnendu Chatterjee and Yuxin Deng and Ming Xu}, title = {Proving Expected Sensitivity of Probabilistic Programs with Randomized VariableDependent Termination Time}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {25}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371093}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Cheung, Alvin 
POPL '20: "Visualization by Example ..."
Visualization by Example
Chenglong Wang, Yu Feng, Rastislav Bodik, Alvin Cheung, and Isil Dillig (University of Washington, USA; University of California at Santa Barbara, USA; University of California at Berkeley, USA; University of Texas at Austin, USA) While visualizations play a crucial role in gaining insights from data, generating useful visualizations from a complex dataset is far from an easy task. In particular, besides understanding the functionality provided by existing visualization libraries, generating the desired visualization also requires reshaping and aggregating the underlying data as well as composing different visual elements to achieve the intended visual narrative. This paper aims to simplify visualization tasks by automatically synthesizing the required program from simple visual sketches provided by the user. Specifically, given an input data set and a visual sketch that demonstrates how to visualize a very small subset of this data, our technique automatically generates a program that can be used to visualize the entire data set. From a program synthesis perspective, automating visualization tasks poses several challenges that are not addressed by prior techniques. First, because many visualization tasks require data wrangling in addition to generating plots from a given table, we need to decompose the endtoend synthesis task into two separate subproblems. Second, because the intermediate specification that results from the decomposition is necessarily imprecise, this makes the data wrangling task particularly challenging in our context. In this paper, we address these problems by developing a new compositional visualizationbyexample technique that (a) decomposes the endtoend task into two different synthesis problems over different DSLs and (b) leverages bidirectional program analysis to deal with the complexity that arises from having an imprecise intermediate specification. We have implemented our visualizationbyexample approach in a tool called Viser and evaluate it on over 80 visualization tasks collected from online forums and tutorials. Viser can solve 84 of these benchmarks within a 600 second time limit, and, for those tasks that can be solved, the desired visualization is among the top5 generated by Viser in 70% of the cases. @Article{POPL20p49, author = {Chenglong Wang and Yu Feng and Rastislav Bodik and Alvin Cheung and Isil Dillig}, title = {Visualization by Example}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {49}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371117}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Cho, Minki 
POPL '20: "CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly ..."
CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly Linking and Lightweight Modular Verification
Youngju Song, Minki Cho, Dongjoo Kim, Yonghyun Kim, Jeehoon Kang, and ChungKil Hur (Seoul National University, South Korea; KAIST, South Korea) Supporting multilanguage linking such as linking C and handwritten assembly modules in the verified compiler CompCert requires a more compositional verification technique than that used in CompCert just supporting separate compilation. The two extensions, CompCertX and Compositional CompCert, supporting multilanguage linking take different approaches. The former simplifies the problem by imposing restrictions that the source modules should have no mutual dependence and be verified against certain wellbehaved specifications. On the other hand, the latter develops a new verification technique that directly solves the problem but at the expense of significantly increasing the verification cost. In this paper, we develop a novel lightweight verification technique, called RUSC (Refinement Under Selfrelated Contexts), and demonstrate how RUSC can solve the problem without any restrictions but still with low verification overhead. For this, we develop CompCertM, a full extension of the latest version of CompCert supporting multilanguage linking. Moreover, we demonstrate the power of RUSC as a program verification technique by modularly verifying interesting programs consisting of C and handwritten assembly against their mathematical specifications. @Article{POPL20p23, author = {Youngju Song and Minki Cho and Dongjoo Kim and Yonghyun Kim and Jeehoon Kang and ChungKil Hur}, title = {CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly Linking and Lightweight Modular Verification}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {23}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371091}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Clairambault, Pierre 
POPL '20: "Full Abstraction for the Quantum ..."
Full Abstraction for the Quantum LambdaCalculus
Pierre Clairambault and Marc de Visme (University of Lyon, France; ENS Lyon, France; CNRS, France; LIP, France) Quantum programming languages permit a hardware independent, highlevel description of quantum algorithms. In particular, the quantum λcalculus is a higherorder language with quantum primitives, mixing quantum data and classical control. Giving satisfactory denotational semantics to the quantum λcalculus is a challenging problem that has attracted significant interest. In the past few years, both static (the quantum relational model) and dynamic (quantum game semantics) denotational models were given, with matching computational adequacy results. However, no model was known to be fully abstract. Our first contribution is a full abstraction result for the games model of the quantum λcalculus. Full abstraction holds with respect to an observational quotient of strategies, obtained by summing valuations of all states matching a given observable. Our proof method for full abstraction extends a technique recently introduced to prove full abstraction for probabilistic coherence spaces with respect to probabilistic PCF. Our second contribution is an interpretationpreserving functor from quantum games to the quantum relational model, extending a long line of work on connecting static and dynamic denotational models. From this, it follows that the quantum relational model is fully abstract as well. Altogether, this gives a complete denotational landscape for the semantics of the quantum λcalculus, with static and dynamic models related by a clean functorial correspondence, and both fully abstract. @Article{POPL20p63, author = {Pierre Clairambault and Marc de Visme}, title = {Full Abstraction for the Quantum LambdaCalculus}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {63}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371131}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Clochard, Martin 
POPL '20: "Deductive Verification with ..."
Deductive Verification with Ghost Monitors
Martin Clochard, Claude Marché, and Andrei Paskevich (ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Inria, France; University of ParisSaclay, France; LRI, France; University of ParisSud, France; CNRS, France) We present a new approach to deductive program verification based on auxiliary programs called ghost monitors. This technique is useful when the syntactic structure of the target program is not well suited for verification, for example, when an essentially recursive algorithm is implemented in an iterative fashion. Our approach consists in implementing, specifying, and verifying an auxiliary program that monitors the execution of the target program, in such a way that the correctness of the monitor entails the correctness of the target. The ghost monitor maintains the necessary data and invariants to facilitate the proof. It can be implemented and verified in any suitable framework, which does not have to be related to the language of the target programs. This technique is also applicable when we want to establish relational properties between two target programs written in different languages and having different syntactic structure. We then show how ghost monitors can be used to specify and prove finegrained properties about the infinite behaviors of target programs. Since this cannot be easily done using existing verification frameworks, we introduce a dedicated language for ghost monitors, with an original construction to catch and handle divergent executions. The soundness of the underlying program logic is established using a particular flavor of transfinite games. This language and its soundness are formalized and mechanically checked. @Article{POPL20p2, author = {Martin Clochard and Claude Marché and Andrei Paskevich}, title = {Deductive Verification with Ghost Monitors}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {2}, numpages = {26}, doi = {10.1145/3371070}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Costanzo, David 
POPL '20: "Virtual Timeline: A Formal ..."
Virtual Timeline: A Formal Abstraction for Verifying Preemptive Schedulers with Temporal Isolation
Mengqi Liu, Lionel Rieg, Zhong Shao, Ronghui Gu, David Costanzo, JungEun Kim, and ManKi Yoon (Yale University, USA; Grenoble Alps University, France; CNRS, France; Grenoble INP, France; VERIMAG, France; Columbia University, USA) The reliability and security of safetycritical realtime systems are of utmost importance because the failure of these systems could incur severe consequences (e.g., loss of lives or failure of a mission). Such properties require strong isolation between components and they rely on enforcement mechanisms provided by the underlying operating system (OS) kernel. In addition to spatial isolation which is commonly provided by OS kernels to various extents, it also requires temporal isolation, that is, properties on the schedule of one component (e.g., schedulability) are independent of behaviors of other components. The strict isolation between components relies critically on algorithmic properties of the concrete implementation of the scheduler, such as timely provision of time slots, obliviousness to preemption, etc. However, existing work either only reasons about an abstract model of the scheduler, or proves properties of the scheduler implementation that are not rich enough to establish the isolation between different components. In this paper, we present a novel compositional framework for reasoning about algorithmic properties of the concrete implementation of preemptive schedulers. In particular, we use virtual timeline, a variant of the supply bound function used in realtime scheduling analysis, to specify and reason about the scheduling of each component in isolation. We show that the properties proved on this abstraction carry down to the generated assembly code of the OS kernel. Using this framework, we successfully verify a realtime OS kernel, which extends mCertiKOS, a singleprocessor nonpreemptive kernel, with userlevel preemption, a verified timer interrupt handler, and a verified realtime scheduler. We prove that in the absence of microarchitecturallevel timing channels, this new kernel enjoys temporal and spatial isolation on top of the functional correctness guarantee. All the proofs are implemented in the Coq proof assistant. @Article{POPL20p20, author = {Mengqi Liu and Lionel Rieg and Zhong Shao and Ronghui Gu and David Costanzo and JungEun Kim and ManKi Yoon}, title = {Virtual Timeline: A Formal Abstraction for Verifying Preemptive Schedulers with Temporal Isolation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {20}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371088}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Functional 

CusumanoTowner, Marco F. 
POPL '20: "Trace Types and Denotational ..."
Trace Types and Denotational Semantics for Sound Programmable Inference in Probabilistic Languages
Alexander K. Lew, Marco F. CusumanoTowner, Benjamin Sherman, Michael Carbin, and Vikash K. Mansinghka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) Modern probabilistic programming languages aim to formalize and automate key aspects of probabilistic modeling and inference. Many languages provide constructs for programmable inference that enable developers to improve inference speed and accuracy by tailoring an algorithm for use with a particular model or dataset. Unfortunately, it is easy to use these constructs to write unsound programs that appear to run correctly but produce incorrect results. To address this problem, we present a denotational semantics for programmable inference in higherorder probabilistic programming languages, along with a type system that ensures that welltyped inference programs are sound by construction. A central insight is that the type of a probabilistic expression can track the space of its possible execution traces, not just the type of value that it returns, as these traces are often the objects that inference algorithms manipulate. We use our semantics and type system to establish soundness properties of custom inference programs that use constructs for variational, sequential Monte Carlo, importance sampling, and Markov chain Monte Carlo inference. @Article{POPL20p19, author = {Alexander K. Lew and Marco F. CusumanoTowner and Benjamin Sherman and Michael Carbin and Vikash K. Mansinghka}, title = {Trace Types and Denotational Semantics for Sound Programmable Inference in Probabilistic Languages}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {19}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371087}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Dahlqvist, Fredrik 
POPL '20: "Semantics of HigherOrder ..."
Semantics of HigherOrder Probabilistic Programs with Conditioning
Fredrik Dahlqvist and Dexter Kozen (University College London, UK; Imperial College London, UK; Cornell University, USA) We present a denotational semantics for higherorder probabilistic programs in terms of linear operators between Banach spaces. Our semantics is rooted in the classical theory of Banach spaces and their tensor products, but bears similarities with the wellknown semantics of higherorder programs a la Scott through the use of ordered Banach spaces which allow definitions in terms of fixed points. Our semantics is a model of intuitionistic linear logic: it is based on a symmetric monoidal closed category of ordered Banach spaces which treats randomness as a linear resource, but by constructing an exponential comonad we can also accommodate nonlinear reasoning. We apply our semantics to the verification of the classical Gibbs sampling algorithm. @Article{POPL20p57, author = {Fredrik Dahlqvist and Dexter Kozen}, title = {Semantics of HigherOrder Probabilistic Programs with Conditioning}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {57}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371125}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Dang, HoangHai 
POPL '20: "Stacked Borrows: An Aliasing ..."
Stacked Borrows: An Aliasing Model for Rust
Ralf Jung, HoangHai Dang, Jeehoon Kang, and Derek Dreyer (MPISWS, Germany; Mozilla, USA; KAIST, South Korea) Type systems are useful not just for the safety guarantees they provide, but also for helping compilers generate more efficient code by simplifying important program analyses. In Rust, the type system imposes a strict discipline on pointer aliasing, and it is an express goal of the Rust compiler developers to make use of that alias information for the purpose of program optimizations that reorder memory accesses. The problem is that Rust also supports unsafe code, and programmers can write unsafe code that bypasses the usual compiler checks to violate the aliasing discipline. To strike a balance between optimizations and unsafe code, the language needs to provide a set of rules such that unsafe code authors can be sure, if they are following these rules, that the compiler will preserve the semantics of their code despite all the optimizations it is doing. In this work, we propose Stacked Borrows, an operational semantics for memory accesses in Rust. Stacked Borrows defines an aliasing discipline and declares programs violating it to have undefined behavior, meaning the compiler does not have to consider such programs when performing optimizations. We give formal proofs (mechanized in Coq) showing that this rules out enough programs to enable optimizations that reorder memory accesses around unknown code and function calls, based solely on intraprocedural reasoning. We also implemented this operational model in an interpreter for Rust and ran large parts of the Rust standard library test suite in the interpreter to validate that the model permits enough realworld unsafe Rust code. @Article{POPL20p41, author = {Ralf Jung and HoangHai Dang and Jeehoon Kang and Derek Dreyer}, title = {Stacked Borrows: An Aliasing Model for Rust}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {41}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371109}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable POPL '20: "RustBelt Meets Relaxed Memory ..." RustBelt Meets Relaxed Memory HoangHai Dang, JacquesHenri Jourdan, JanOliver Kaiser, and Derek Dreyer (MPISWS, Germany; LRI, France; CNRS, France; University of ParisSaclay, France) The Rust programming language supports safe systems programming by means of a strong ownershiptracking type system. In their prior work on RustBelt, Jung et al. began the task of setting Rust’s safety claims on a more rigorous formal foundation. Specifically, they used Iris, a Coqbased separation logic framework, to build a machinechecked proof of semantic soundness for a λcalculus model of Rust, as well as for a number of widelyused Rust libraries that internally employ unsafe language features. However, they also made the significant simplifying assumption that the language is sequentially consistent. In this paper, we adapt RustBelt to account for the relaxedmemory operations that concurrent Rust libraries actually use, in the process uncovering a data race in the Arc library. We focus on the most interesting technical problem: how to reason about resource reclamation under relaxed memory, using a logical construction we call synchronized ghost state. @Article{POPL20p34, author = {HoangHai Dang and JacquesHenri Jourdan and JanOliver Kaiser and Derek Dreyer}, title = {RustBelt Meets Relaxed Memory}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {34}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371102}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Danner, Norman 
POPL '20: "Recurrence Extraction for ..."
Recurrence Extraction for Functional Programs through CallbyPushValue
G. A. Kavvos, Edward Morehouse, Daniel R. Licata, and Norman Danner (Wesleyan University, USA) The main way of analysing the complexity of a program is that of extracting and solving a recurrence that expresses its running time in terms of the size of its input. We develop a method that automatically extracts such recurrences from the syntax of higherorder recursive functional programs. The resulting recurrences, which are programs in a callbyname language with recursion, explicitly compute the running time in terms of the size of the input. In order to achieve this in a uniform way that covers both callbyname and callbyvalue evaluation strategies, we use CallbyPushValue (CBPV) as an intermediate language. Finally, we use domain theory to develop a denotational cost semantics for the resulting recurrences. @Article{POPL20p15, author = {G. A. Kavvos and Edward Morehouse and Daniel R. Licata and Norman Danner}, title = {Recurrence Extraction for Functional Programs through CallbyPushValue}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {15}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371083}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Darais, David 
POPL '20: "A Language for Probabilistically ..."
A Language for Probabilistically Oblivious Computation
David Darais, Ian Sweet, Chang Liu, and Michael Hicks (University of Vermont, USA; University of Maryland, USA; Citadel Securities, USA) An oblivious computation is one that is free of direct and indirect information leaks, e.g., due to observable differences in timing and memory access patterns. This paper presents Lambda Obliv, a core language whose type system enforces obliviousness. Prior work on typeenforced oblivious computation has focused on deterministic programs. Lambda Obliv is new in its consideration of programs that implement probabilistic algorithms, such as those involved in cryptography. Lambda Obliv employs a substructural type system and a novel notion of probability region to ensure that information is not leaked via the observed distribution of visible events. Probability regions support reasoning about probabilistic correlation and independence between values, and our use of probability regions is motivated by a source of unsoundness that we discovered in the type system of ObliVM, a language for implementing state of the art oblivious algorithms. We prove that Lambda Obliv's type system enforces obliviousness and show that it is expressive enough to typecheck advanced treebased oblivious RAMs. @Article{POPL20p50, author = {David Darais and Ian Sweet and Chang Liu and Michael Hicks}, title = {A Language for Probabilistically Oblivious Computation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {50}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371118}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Deng, Yuxin 
POPL '20: "Proving Expected Sensitivity ..."
Proving Expected Sensitivity of Probabilistic Programs with Randomized VariableDependent Termination Time
Peixin Wang, Hongfei Fu, Krishnendu Chatterjee, Yuxin Deng, and Ming Xu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China; IST Austria, Austria; East China Normal University, China; Pengcheng Laboratory, China) The notion of program sensitivity (aka Lipschitz continuity) specifies that changes in the program input result in proportional changes to the program output. For probabilistic programs the notion is naturally extended to expected sensitivity. A previous approach develops a relational program logic framework for proving expected sensitivity of probabilistic while loops, where the number of iterations is fixed and bounded. In this work, we consider probabilistic while loops where the number of iterations is not fixed, but randomized and depends on the initial input values. We present a sound approach for proving expected sensitivity of such programs. Our sound approach is martingalebased and can be automated through existing martingalesynthesis algorithms. Furthermore, our approach is compositional for sequential composition of while loops under a mild side condition. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach on several classical examples from Gambler's Ruin, stochastic hybrid systems and stochastic gradient descent. We also present experimental results showing that our automated approach can handle various probabilistic programs in the literature. @Article{POPL20p25, author = {Peixin Wang and Hongfei Fu and Krishnendu Chatterjee and Yuxin Deng and Ming Xu}, title = {Proving Expected Sensitivity of Probabilistic Programs with Randomized VariableDependent Termination Time}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {25}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371093}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

De Vilhena, Paulo Emílio 
POPL '20: "Spy Game: Verifying a Local ..."
Spy Game: Verifying a Local Generic Solver in Iris
Paulo Emílio de Vilhena, François Pottier, and JacquesHenri Jourdan (Inria, France; CNRS, France; LRI, France; University of ParisSaclay, France) We verify the partial correctness of a "local generic solver", that is, an ondemand, incremental, memoizing least fixed point computation algorithm. The verification is carried out in Iris, a modern breed of concurrent separation logic. The specification is simple: the solver computes the optimal least fixed point of a system of monotone equations. Although the solver relies on mutable internal state for memoization and for "spying", a form of dynamic dependency discovery, it is apparently pure: no side effects are mentioned in its specification. As auxiliary contributions, we provide several illustrations of the use of prophecy variables, a novel feature of Iris; we establish a restricted form of the infinitary conjunction rule; and we provide a specification and proof of Longley's modulus function, an archetypical example of spying. @Article{POPL20p33, author = {Paulo Emílio de Vilhena and François Pottier and JacquesHenri Jourdan}, title = {Spy Game: Verifying a Local Generic Solver in Iris}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {33}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371101}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info 

De Visme, Marc 
POPL '20: "Full Abstraction for the Quantum ..."
Full Abstraction for the Quantum LambdaCalculus
Pierre Clairambault and Marc de Visme (University of Lyon, France; ENS Lyon, France; CNRS, France; LIP, France) Quantum programming languages permit a hardware independent, highlevel description of quantum algorithms. In particular, the quantum λcalculus is a higherorder language with quantum primitives, mixing quantum data and classical control. Giving satisfactory denotational semantics to the quantum λcalculus is a challenging problem that has attracted significant interest. In the past few years, both static (the quantum relational model) and dynamic (quantum game semantics) denotational models were given, with matching computational adequacy results. However, no model was known to be fully abstract. Our first contribution is a full abstraction result for the games model of the quantum λcalculus. Full abstraction holds with respect to an observational quotient of strategies, obtained by summing valuations of all states matching a given observable. Our proof method for full abstraction extends a technique recently introduced to prove full abstraction for probabilistic coherence spaces with respect to probabilistic PCF. Our second contribution is an interpretationpreserving functor from quantum games to the quantum relational model, extending a long line of work on connecting static and dynamic denotational models. From this, it follows that the quantum relational model is fully abstract as well. Altogether, this gives a complete denotational landscape for the semantics of the quantum λcalculus, with static and dynamic models related by a clean functorial correspondence, and both fully abstract. @Article{POPL20p63, author = {Pierre Clairambault and Marc de Visme}, title = {Full Abstraction for the Quantum LambdaCalculus}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {63}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371131}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Dillig, Isil 
POPL '20: "Visualization by Example ..."
Visualization by Example
Chenglong Wang, Yu Feng, Rastislav Bodik, Alvin Cheung, and Isil Dillig (University of Washington, USA; University of California at Santa Barbara, USA; University of California at Berkeley, USA; University of Texas at Austin, USA) While visualizations play a crucial role in gaining insights from data, generating useful visualizations from a complex dataset is far from an easy task. In particular, besides understanding the functionality provided by existing visualization libraries, generating the desired visualization also requires reshaping and aggregating the underlying data as well as composing different visual elements to achieve the intended visual narrative. This paper aims to simplify visualization tasks by automatically synthesizing the required program from simple visual sketches provided by the user. Specifically, given an input data set and a visual sketch that demonstrates how to visualize a very small subset of this data, our technique automatically generates a program that can be used to visualize the entire data set. From a program synthesis perspective, automating visualization tasks poses several challenges that are not addressed by prior techniques. First, because many visualization tasks require data wrangling in addition to generating plots from a given table, we need to decompose the endtoend synthesis task into two separate subproblems. Second, because the intermediate specification that results from the decomposition is necessarily imprecise, this makes the data wrangling task particularly challenging in our context. In this paper, we address these problems by developing a new compositional visualizationbyexample technique that (a) decomposes the endtoend task into two different synthesis problems over different DSLs and (b) leverages bidirectional program analysis to deal with the complexity that arises from having an imprecise intermediate specification. We have implemented our visualizationbyexample approach in a tool called Viser and evaluate it on over 80 visualization tasks collected from online forums and tutorials. Viser can solve 84 of these benchmarks within a 600 second time limit, and, for those tasks that can be solved, the desired visualization is among the top5 generated by Viser in 70% of the cases. @Article{POPL20p49, author = {Chenglong Wang and Yu Feng and Rastislav Bodik and Alvin Cheung and Isil Dillig}, title = {Visualization by Example}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {49}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371117}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Dimoulas, Christos 
POPL '20: "Does Blame Shifting Work? ..."
Does Blame Shifting Work?
Lukas Lazarek, Alexis King, Samanvitha Sundar, Robert Bruce Findler, and Christos Dimoulas (Northwestern University, USA) Contract systems, especially of the higherorder flavor, go hand in hand with blame. The pragmatic purpose of blame is to narrow down the code that a programmer needs to examine to locate the bug when the contract system discovers a contract violation. Or so the literature on higherorder contracts claims. In reality, however, there is neither empirical nor theoretical evidence that connects blame with the location of bugs. The reputation of blame as a tool for weeding out bugs rests on anecdotes about how programmers use contracts to shift blame and their attention from one part of a program to another until they discover the source of the problem. This paper aims to fill the apparent gap and shed light to the relation between blame and bugs. To that end, we introduce an empirical methodology for investigating whether, for a given contract system, it is possible to translate blame information to the location of bugs in a systematic manner. Our methodology is inspired by how programmers attempt to increase the precision of the contracts of a blamed component in order to shift blame to another component, which becomes the next candidate for containing the bug. In particular, we construct a framework that enables us to ask for a contract system whether (i) the process of blame shifting causes blame to eventually settle to the component that contains the bug; and (ii) every shift moves blame ``closer'' to the faulty component. Our methodology offers a rigorous means for evaluating the pragmatics of contract systems, and we employ it to analyze Racket's contract system. Along the way, we uncover subtle points about the pragmatic meaning of contracts and blame in Racket: (i) the expressiveness of Racket's offtheshelf contract language is not sufficient to narrow down the blamed portion of the code to the faulty component in all cases; and (ii) contracts that trigger state changes (even unexpectedly, perhaps in the runtime system's data structures or caches) interfere with program evaluation in subtle ways and thus blame shifting can lead programmers on a detour when searching for a bug. These points highlight how evaluations such as ours suggest fixes to language design. @Article{POPL20p65, author = {Lukas Lazarek and Alexis King and Samanvitha Sundar and Robert Bruce Findler and Christos Dimoulas}, title = {Does Blame Shifting Work?}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {65}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371133}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Dreyer, Derek 
POPL '20: "The HighLevel Benefits of ..."
The HighLevel Benefits of LowLevel Sandboxing
Michael Sammler, Deepak Garg, Derek Dreyer, and Tadeusz Litak (MPISWS, Germany; FriedrichAlexander University ErlangenNürnberg, Germany) Sandboxing is a common technique that allows lowlevel, untrusted components to safely interact with trusted code. However, previous work has only investigated the lowlevel memory isolation guarantees of sandboxing, leaving open the question of the endtoend guarantees that sandboxing affords programmers. In this paper, we fill this gap by showing that sandboxing enables reasoning about the known concept of robust safety, i.e., safety of the trusted code even in the presence of arbitrary untrusted code. To do this, we first present an idealized operational semantics for a language that combines trusted code with untrusted code. Sandboxing is built into our semantics. Then, we prove that safety properties of the trusted code (as enforced through a rich type system) are upheld in the presence of arbitrary untrusted code, so long as all interactions with untrusted code occur at the “any” type (a type inhabited by all values). Finally, to alleviate the burden of having to interact with untrusted code at only the “any” type, we formalize and prove safe several wrappers, which automatically convert values between the “any” type and much richer types. All our results are mechanized in the Coq proof assistant. @Article{POPL20p32, author = {Michael Sammler and Deepak Garg and Derek Dreyer and Tadeusz Litak}, title = {The HighLevel Benefits of LowLevel Sandboxing}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {32}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371100}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable POPL '20: "The Future is Ours: Prophecy ..." The Future is Ours: Prophecy Variables in Separation Logic Ralf Jung, Rodolphe Lepigre, Gaurav Parthasarathy, Marianna Rapoport, Amin Timany, Derek Dreyer, and Bart Jacobs (MPISWS, Germany; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; University of Waterloo, Canada; KU Leuven, Belgium) Early in the development of Hoare logic, Owicki and Gries introduced auxiliary variables as a way of encoding information about the history of a program’s execution that is useful for verifying its correctness. Over a decade later, Abadi and Lamport observed that it is sometimes also necessary to know in advance what a program will do in the future. To address this need, they proposed prophecy variables, originally as a proof technique for refinement mappings between state machines. However, despite the fact that prophecy variables are a clearly useful reasoning mechanism, there is (surprisingly) almost no work that attempts to integrate them into Hoare logic. In this paper, we present the first account of prophecy variables in a Hoarestyle program logic that is flexible enough to verify logical atomicity (a relative of linearizability) for classic examples from the concurrency literature like RDCSS and the HerlihyWing queue. Our account is formalized in the Iris framework for separation logic in Coq. It makes essential use of ownership to encode the exclusive right to resolve a prophecy, which in turn enables us to enforce soundness of prophecies with a very simple set of proof rules. @Article{POPL20p45, author = {Ralf Jung and Rodolphe Lepigre and Gaurav Parthasarathy and Marianna Rapoport and Amin Timany and Derek Dreyer and Bart Jacobs}, title = {The Future is Ours: Prophecy Variables in Separation Logic}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {45}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371113}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable POPL '20: "Stacked Borrows: An Aliasing ..." Stacked Borrows: An Aliasing Model for Rust Ralf Jung, HoangHai Dang, Jeehoon Kang, and Derek Dreyer (MPISWS, Germany; Mozilla, USA; KAIST, South Korea) Type systems are useful not just for the safety guarantees they provide, but also for helping compilers generate more efficient code by simplifying important program analyses. In Rust, the type system imposes a strict discipline on pointer aliasing, and it is an express goal of the Rust compiler developers to make use of that alias information for the purpose of program optimizations that reorder memory accesses. The problem is that Rust also supports unsafe code, and programmers can write unsafe code that bypasses the usual compiler checks to violate the aliasing discipline. To strike a balance between optimizations and unsafe code, the language needs to provide a set of rules such that unsafe code authors can be sure, if they are following these rules, that the compiler will preserve the semantics of their code despite all the optimizations it is doing. In this work, we propose Stacked Borrows, an operational semantics for memory accesses in Rust. Stacked Borrows defines an aliasing discipline and declares programs violating it to have undefined behavior, meaning the compiler does not have to consider such programs when performing optimizations. We give formal proofs (mechanized in Coq) showing that this rules out enough programs to enable optimizations that reorder memory accesses around unknown code and function calls, based solely on intraprocedural reasoning. We also implemented this operational model in an interpreter for Rust and ran large parts of the Rust standard library test suite in the interpreter to validate that the model permits enough realworld unsafe Rust code. @Article{POPL20p41, author = {Ralf Jung and HoangHai Dang and Jeehoon Kang and Derek Dreyer}, title = {Stacked Borrows: An Aliasing Model for Rust}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {41}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371109}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable POPL '20: "RustBelt Meets Relaxed Memory ..." RustBelt Meets Relaxed Memory HoangHai Dang, JacquesHenri Jourdan, JanOliver Kaiser, and Derek Dreyer (MPISWS, Germany; LRI, France; CNRS, France; University of ParisSaclay, France) The Rust programming language supports safe systems programming by means of a strong ownershiptracking type system. In their prior work on RustBelt, Jung et al. began the task of setting Rust’s safety claims on a more rigorous formal foundation. Specifically, they used Iris, a Coqbased separation logic framework, to build a machinechecked proof of semantic soundness for a λcalculus model of Rust, as well as for a number of widelyused Rust libraries that internally employ unsafe language features. However, they also made the significant simplifying assumption that the language is sequentially consistent. In this paper, we adapt RustBelt to account for the relaxedmemory operations that concurrent Rust libraries actually use, in the process uncovering a data race in the Arc library. We focus on the most interesting technical problem: how to reason about resource reclamation under relaxed memory, using a logical construction we call synchronized ghost state. @Article{POPL20p34, author = {HoangHai Dang and JacquesHenri Jourdan and JanOliver Kaiser and Derek Dreyer}, title = {RustBelt Meets Relaxed Memory}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {34}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371102}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Eisenberg, Richard A. 
POPL '20: "Kind Inference for Datatypes ..."
Kind Inference for Datatypes
Ningning Xie, Richard A. Eisenberg, and Bruno C. d. S. Oliveira (University of Hong Kong, China; Bryn Mawr College, USA; Tweag I/O, UK) In recent years, languages like Haskell have seen a dramatic surge of new features that significantly extends the expressive power of their type systems. With these features, the challenge of kind inference for datatype declarations has presented itself and become a worthy research problem on its own. This paper studies kind inference for datatypes. Inspired by previous research on typeinference, we offer declarative specifications for what datatype declarations should be accepted, both for Haskell98 and for a more advanced system we call PolyKinds, based on the extensions in modern Haskell, including a limited form of dependent types. We believe these formulations to be novel and without precedent, even for Haskell98. These specifications are complemented with implementable algorithmic versions. We study soundness, completeness and the existence of principal kinds in these systems, proving the properties where they hold. This work can serve as a guide both to language designers who wish to formalize their datatype declarations and also to implementors keen to have principled inference of principal types. @Article{POPL20p53, author = {Ningning Xie and Richard A. Eisenberg and Bruno C. d. S. Oliveira}, title = {Kind Inference for Datatypes}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {53}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371121}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search POPL '20: "Partial Type Constructors: ..." Partial Type Constructors: Or, Making Ad Hoc Datatypes Less Ad Hoc Mark P. Jones, J. Garrett Morris, and Richard A. Eisenberg (Portland State University, USA; University of Kansas, USA; Bryn Mawr College, USA; Tweag I/O, UK) Functional programming languages assume that type constructors are total. Yet functional programmers know better: counterexamples range from container types that make limiting assumptions about their contents (e.g., requiring computable equality or ordering functions) to type families with defining equations only over certain choices of arguments. We present a language design and formal theory of partial type constructors, capturing the domains of type constructors using qualified types. Our design is both simple and expressive: we support partial datatypes as firstclass citizens (including as instances of parametric abstractions, such as the Haskell Functor and Monad classes), and show a simple type elaboration algorithm that avoids placing undue annotation burden on programmers. We show that our type system rejects illdefined types and can be compiled to a semantic model based on System F. Finally, we have conducted an experimental analysis of a body of Haskell code, using a proofofconcept implementation of our system; while there are cases where our system requires additional annotations, these cases are rarely encountered in practical Haskell code. @Article{POPL20p40, author = {Mark P. Jones and J. Garrett Morris and Richard A. Eisenberg}, title = {Partial Type Constructors: Or, Making Ad Hoc Datatypes Less Ad Hoc}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {40}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371108}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Farzan, Azadeh 
POPL '20: "Reductions for Safety Proofs ..."
Reductions for Safety Proofs
Azadeh Farzan and Anthony Vandikas (University of Toronto, Canada) Program reductions are used widely to simplify reasoning about the correctness of concurrent and distributed programs. In this paper, we propose a general approach to proof simplification of concurrent programs based on exploring generic classes of reductions. We introduce two classes of sound program reductions, study their theoretical properties, show how they can be effectively used in algorithmic verification, and demonstrate that they are very effective in producing proofs of a diverse class of programs without targeting specific syntactic properties of these programs. The most novel contribution of this paper is the introduction of the concept of context in the definition of program reductions. We demonstrate how commutativity of program steps in some program contexts can be used to define a generic class of sound reductions which can be used to automatically produce proofs for programs whose complete FloydHoare style proofs are theoretically beyond the reach of automated verification technology of today. @Article{POPL20p13, author = {Azadeh Farzan and Anthony Vandikas}, title = {Reductions for Safety Proofs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {13}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371081}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Feldman, Yotam M. Y. 
POPL '20: "Complexity and Information ..."
Complexity and Information in Invariant Inference
Yotam M. Y. Feldman, Neil Immerman, Mooly Sagiv, and Sharon Shoham (Tel Aviv University, Israel; University of Massachusetts, USA) This paper addresses the complexity of SATbased invariant inference, a prominent approach to safety verification. We consider the problem of inferring an inductive invariant of polynomial length given a transition system and a safety property. We analyze the complexity of this problem in a blackbox model, called the Hoarequery model, which is general enough to capture algorithms such as IC3/PDR and its variants. An algorithm in this model learns about the system's reachable states by querying the validity of Hoare triples. We show that in general an algorithm in the Hoarequery model requires an exponential number of queries. Our lower bound is informationtheoretic and applies even to computationally unrestricted algorithms, showing that no choice of generalization from the partial information obtained in a polynomial number of Hoare queries can lead to an efficient invariant inference procedure in this class. We then show, for the first time, that by utilizing rich Hoare queries, as done in PDR, inference can be exponentially more efficient than approaches such as ICE learning, which only utilize inductiveness checks of candidates. We do so by constructing a class of transition systems for which a simple version of PDR with a single frame infers invariants in a polynomial number of queries, whereas every algorithm using only inductiveness checks and counterexamples requires an exponential number of queries. Our results also shed light on connections and differences with the classical theory of exact concept learning with queries, and imply that learning from counterexamples to induction is harder than classical exact learning from labeled examples. This demonstrates that the convergence rate of CounterexampleGuided Inductive Synthesis depends on the form of counterexamples. @Article{POPL20p5, author = {Yotam M. Y. Feldman and Neil Immerman and Mooly Sagiv and Sharon Shoham}, title = {Complexity and Information in Invariant Inference}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {5}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371073}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Feng, Yu 
POPL '20: "Visualization by Example ..."
Visualization by Example
Chenglong Wang, Yu Feng, Rastislav Bodik, Alvin Cheung, and Isil Dillig (University of Washington, USA; University of California at Santa Barbara, USA; University of California at Berkeley, USA; University of Texas at Austin, USA) While visualizations play a crucial role in gaining insights from data, generating useful visualizations from a complex dataset is far from an easy task. In particular, besides understanding the functionality provided by existing visualization libraries, generating the desired visualization also requires reshaping and aggregating the underlying data as well as composing different visual elements to achieve the intended visual narrative. This paper aims to simplify visualization tasks by automatically synthesizing the required program from simple visual sketches provided by the user. Specifically, given an input data set and a visual sketch that demonstrates how to visualize a very small subset of this data, our technique automatically generates a program that can be used to visualize the entire data set. From a program synthesis perspective, automating visualization tasks poses several challenges that are not addressed by prior techniques. First, because many visualization tasks require data wrangling in addition to generating plots from a given table, we need to decompose the endtoend synthesis task into two separate subproblems. Second, because the intermediate specification that results from the decomposition is necessarily imprecise, this makes the data wrangling task particularly challenging in our context. In this paper, we address these problems by developing a new compositional visualizationbyexample technique that (a) decomposes the endtoend task into two different synthesis problems over different DSLs and (b) leverages bidirectional program analysis to deal with the complexity that arises from having an imprecise intermediate specification. We have implemented our visualizationbyexample approach in a tool called Viser and evaluate it on over 80 visualization tasks collected from online forums and tutorials. Viser can solve 84 of these benchmarks within a 600 second time limit, and, for those tasks that can be solved, the desired visualization is among the top5 generated by Viser in 70% of the cases. @Article{POPL20p49, author = {Chenglong Wang and Yu Feng and Rastislav Bodik and Alvin Cheung and Isil Dillig}, title = {Visualization by Example}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {49}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371117}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Findler, Robert Bruce 
POPL '20: "Does Blame Shifting Work? ..."
Does Blame Shifting Work?
Lukas Lazarek, Alexis King, Samanvitha Sundar, Robert Bruce Findler, and Christos Dimoulas (Northwestern University, USA) Contract systems, especially of the higherorder flavor, go hand in hand with blame. The pragmatic purpose of blame is to narrow down the code that a programmer needs to examine to locate the bug when the contract system discovers a contract violation. Or so the literature on higherorder contracts claims. In reality, however, there is neither empirical nor theoretical evidence that connects blame with the location of bugs. The reputation of blame as a tool for weeding out bugs rests on anecdotes about how programmers use contracts to shift blame and their attention from one part of a program to another until they discover the source of the problem. This paper aims to fill the apparent gap and shed light to the relation between blame and bugs. To that end, we introduce an empirical methodology for investigating whether, for a given contract system, it is possible to translate blame information to the location of bugs in a systematic manner. Our methodology is inspired by how programmers attempt to increase the precision of the contracts of a blamed component in order to shift blame to another component, which becomes the next candidate for containing the bug. In particular, we construct a framework that enables us to ask for a contract system whether (i) the process of blame shifting causes blame to eventually settle to the component that contains the bug; and (ii) every shift moves blame ``closer'' to the faulty component. Our methodology offers a rigorous means for evaluating the pragmatics of contract systems, and we employ it to analyze Racket's contract system. Along the way, we uncover subtle points about the pragmatic meaning of contracts and blame in Racket: (i) the expressiveness of Racket's offtheshelf contract language is not sufficient to narrow down the blamed portion of the code to the faulty component in all cases; and (ii) contracts that trigger state changes (even unexpectedly, perhaps in the runtime system's data structures or caches) interfere with program evaluation in subtle ways and thus blame shifting can lead programmers on a detour when searching for a bug. These points highlight how evaluations such as ours suggest fixes to language design. @Article{POPL20p65, author = {Lukas Lazarek and Alexis King and Samanvitha Sundar and Robert Bruce Findler and Christos Dimoulas}, title = {Does Blame Shifting Work?}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {65}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371133}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Fluet, Matthew 
POPL '20: "Disentanglement in NestedParallel ..."
Disentanglement in NestedParallel Programs
Sam Westrick, Rohan Yadav, Matthew Fluet, and Umut A. Acar (Carnegie Mellon University, USA; Rochester Institute of Technology, USA) Nested parallelism has proved to be a popular approach for programming the rapidly expanding range of multicore computers. It allows programmers to express parallelism at a high level and relies on a runtime system and a scheduler to deliver efficiency and scalability. As a result, many programming languages and extensions that support nested parallelism have been developed, including in C/C++, Java, Haskell, and ML. Yet, writing efficient and scalable nested parallel programs remains challenging, primarily due to difficult concurrency bugs arising from destructive updates or effects. For decades, researchers have argued that functional programming can simplify writing parallel programs by allowing more control over effects but functional programs continue to underperform in comparison to parallel programs written in lowerlevel languages. The fundamental difficulty with functional languages is that they have high demand for memory, and this demand only grows with parallelism. In this paper, we identify a memory property, called disentanglement, of nestedparallel programs, and propose memory management techniques for improved efficiency and scalability. Disentanglement allows for (destructive) effects as long as concurrently executing threads do not gain knowledge of the memory objects allocated by each other. We formally define disentanglement by considering an MLlike higherorder language with mutable references and presenting a dynamic semantics for it that enables reasoning about computation graphs of nested parallel programs. Based on this graph semantics, we formalize a classic correctness propertydeterminacy race freedomand prove that it implies disentanglement. This establishes that disentanglement applies to a relatively broad class of parallel programs. We then propose memory management techniques for nestedparallel programs that take advantage of disentanglement for improved efficiency and scalability. We show that these techniques are practical by extending the MLton compiler for Standard ML to support this form of nested parallelism. Our empirical evaluation shows that our techniques are efficient and scale well. @Article{POPL20p47, author = {Sam Westrick and Rohan Yadav and Matthew Fluet and Umut A. Acar}, title = {Disentanglement in NestedParallel Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {47}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371115}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Forster, Yannick 
POPL '20: "Coq Coq Correct! Verification ..."
Coq Coq Correct! Verification of Type Checking and Erasure for Coq, in Coq
Matthieu Sozeau, Simon Boulier, Yannick Forster, Nicolas Tabareau, and Théo Winterhalter (Inria, France; IRIF, France; CNRS, France; University of Paris Diderot, France; Saarland University, Germany) Coq is built around a welldelimited kernel that perfoms typechecking for definitions in a variant of the Calculus of Inductive Constructions (CIC). Although the metatheory of CIC is very stable and reliable, the correctness of its implementation in Coq is less clear. Indeed, implementing an efficient type checker for CIC is a rather complex task, and many parts of the code rely on implicit invariants which can easily be broken by further evolution of the code. Therefore, on average, one critical bug has been found every year in Coq. This paper presents the first implementation of a type checker for the kernel of Coq (without the module system and template polymorphism), which is proven correct in Coq with respect to its formal specification and axiomatisation of part of its metatheory. Note that because of Gödel's incompleteness theorem, there is no hope to prove completely the correctness of the specification of Coq inside Coq (in particular strong normalisation or canonicity), but it is possible to prove the correctness of the implementation assuming the correctness of the specification, thus moving from a trusted code base (TCB) to a trusted theory base (TTB) paradigm. Our work is based on the MetaCoq project which provides metaprogramming facilities to work with terms and declarations at the level of this kernel. Our type checker is based on the specification of the typing relation of the Polymorphic, Cumulative Calculus of Inductive Constructions (PCUIC) at the basis of Coq and the verification of a relatively efficient and sound typechecker for it. In addition to the kernel implementation, an essential feature of Coq is the socalled extraction: the production of executable code in functional languages from Coq definitions. We present a verified version of this subtle typeandproof erasure step, therefore enabling the verified extraction of a safe typechecker for Coq. @Article{POPL20p8, author = {Matthieu Sozeau and Simon Boulier and Yannick Forster and Nicolas Tabareau and Théo Winterhalter}, title = {Coq Coq Correct! Verification of Type Checking and Erasure for Coq, in Coq}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {8}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371076}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable POPL '20: "The Weak CallbyValue λCalculus ..." The Weak CallbyValue λCalculus Is Reasonable for Both Time and Space Yannick Forster, Fabian Kunze, and Marc Roth (Saarland University, Germany; M2CI, Germany; University of Oxford, UK) We study the weak callbyvalue λcalculus as a model for computational complexity theory and establish the natural measures for time and space — the number of betareduction steps and the size of the largest term in a computation — as reasonable measures with respect to the invariance thesis of Slot and van Emde Boas from 1984. More precisely, we show that, using those measures, Turing machines and the weak callbyvalue λcalculus can simulate each other within a polynomial overhead in time and a constant factor overhead in space for all computations terminating in (encodings of) ”true” or ”false”. The simulation yields that standard complexity classes like P, NP, PSPACE, or EXP can be defined solely in terms of the λcalculus, but does not cover sublinear time or space. Note that our measures still have the wellknown size explosion property, where the space measure of a computation can be exponentially bigger than its time measure. However, our result implies that this exponential gap disappears once complexity classes are considered instead of concrete computations. We consider this result a first step towards a solution for the longstanding open problem of whether the natural measures for time and space of the λcalculus are reasonable. Our proof for the weak callbyvalue λcalculus is the first proof of reasonability (including both time and space) for a functional language based on natural measures and enables the formal verification of complexitytheoretic proofs concerning complexity classes, both on paper and in proof assistants. The proof idea relies on a hybrid of two simulation strategies of reductions in the weak callbyvalue λcalculus by Turing machines, both of which are insufficient if taken alone. The first strategy is the most naive one in the sense that a reduction sequence is simulated precisely as given by the reduction rules; in particular, all substitutions are executed immediately. This simulation runs within a constant overhead in space, but the overhead in time might be exponential. The second strategy is heapbased and relies on structure sharing, similar to existing compilers of eager functional languages. This strategy only has a polynomial overhead in time, but the space consumption might require an additional factor of logn, which is essentially due to the size of the pointers required for this strategy. Our main contribution is the construction and verification of a spaceaware interleaving of the two strategies, which is shown to yield both a constant overhead in space and a polynomial overhead in time. @Article{POPL20p27, author = {Yannick Forster and Fabian Kunze and Marc Roth}, title = {The Weak CallbyValue λCalculus Is Reasonable for Both Time and Space}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {27}, numpages = {23}, doi = {10.1145/3371095}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Foster, Nate 
POPL '20: "Guarded Kleene Algebra with ..."
Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests: Verification of Uninterpreted Programs in Nearly Linear Time
Steffen Smolka, Nate Foster, Justin Hsu, Tobias Kappé, Dexter Kozen, and Alexandra Silva (Cornell University, USA; University of WisconsinMadison, USA; University College London, UK) Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests (GKAT) is a variation on Kleene Algebra with Tests (KAT) that arises by restricting the union (+) and iteration (*) operations from KAT to predicateguarded versions. We develop the (co)algebraic theory of GKAT and show how it can be efficiently used to reason about imperative programs. In contrast to KAT, whose equational theory is PSPACEcomplete, we show that the equational theory of GKAT is (almost) linear time. We also provide a full Kleene theorem and prove completeness for an analogue of Salomaa’s axiomatization of Kleene Algebra. @Article{POPL20p61, author = {Steffen Smolka and Nate Foster and Justin Hsu and Tobias Kappé and Dexter Kozen and Alexandra Silva}, title = {Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests: Verification of Uninterpreted Programs in Nearly Linear Time}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {61}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371129}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Freer, Cameron E. 
POPL '20: "Optimal Approximate Sampling ..."
Optimal Approximate Sampling from Discrete Probability Distributions
Feras A. Saad, Cameron E. Freer, Martin C. Rinard, and Vikash K. Mansinghka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) This paper addresses a fundamental problem in random variate generation: given access to a random source that emits a stream of independent fair bits, what is the most accurate and entropyefficient algorithm for sampling from a discrete probability distribution (p_{1}, …, p_{n}), where the probabilities of the output distribution (p̂_{1}, …, p̂_{n}) of the sampling algorithm must be specified using at most k bits of precision? We present a theoretical framework for formulating this problem and provide new techniques for finding sampling algorithms that are optimal both statistically (in the sense of sampling accuracy) and informationtheoretically (in the sense of entropy consumption). We leverage these results to build a system that, for a broad family of measures of statistical accuracy, delivers a sampling algorithm whose expected entropy usage is minimal among those that induce the same distribution (i.e., is “entropyoptimal”) and whose output distribution (p̂_{1}, …, p̂_{n}) is a closest approximation to the target distribution (p_{1}, …, p_{n}) among all entropyoptimal sampling algorithms that operate within the specified kbit precision. This optimal approximate sampler is also a closer approximation than any (possibly entropysuboptimal) sampler that consumes a bounded amount of entropy with the specified precision, a class which includes floatingpoint implementations of inversion sampling and related methods found in many software libraries. We evaluate the accuracy, entropy consumption, precision requirements, and wallclock runtime of our optimal approximate sampling algorithms on a broad set of distributions, demonstrating the ways that they are superior to existing approximate samplers and establishing that they often consume significantly fewer resources than are needed by exact samplers. @Article{POPL20p36, author = {Feras A. Saad and Cameron E. Freer and Martin C. Rinard and Vikash K. Mansinghka}, title = {Optimal Approximate Sampling from Discrete Probability Distributions}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {36}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371104}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Fu, Hongfei 
POPL '20: "Proving Expected Sensitivity ..."
Proving Expected Sensitivity of Probabilistic Programs with Randomized VariableDependent Termination Time
Peixin Wang, Hongfei Fu, Krishnendu Chatterjee, Yuxin Deng, and Ming Xu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China; IST Austria, Austria; East China Normal University, China; Pengcheng Laboratory, China) The notion of program sensitivity (aka Lipschitz continuity) specifies that changes in the program input result in proportional changes to the program output. For probabilistic programs the notion is naturally extended to expected sensitivity. A previous approach develops a relational program logic framework for proving expected sensitivity of probabilistic while loops, where the number of iterations is fixed and bounded. In this work, we consider probabilistic while loops where the number of iterations is not fixed, but randomized and depends on the initial input values. We present a sound approach for proving expected sensitivity of such programs. Our sound approach is martingalebased and can be automated through existing martingalesynthesis algorithms. Furthermore, our approach is compositional for sequential composition of while loops under a mild side condition. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach on several classical examples from Gambler's Ruin, stochastic hybrid systems and stochastic gradient descent. We also present experimental results showing that our automated approach can handle various probabilistic programs in the literature. @Article{POPL20p25, author = {Peixin Wang and Hongfei Fu and Krishnendu Chatterjee and Yuxin Deng and Ming Xu}, title = {Proving Expected Sensitivity of Probabilistic Programs with Randomized VariableDependent Termination Time}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {25}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371093}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Fu, Zhoulai 
POPL '20: "Detecting FloatingPoint Errors ..."
Detecting FloatingPoint Errors via Atomic Conditions
Daming Zou, Muhan Zeng, Yingfei Xiong, Zhoulai Fu, Lu Zhang, and Zhendong Su (Peking University, China; IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark; ETH Zurich, Switzerland) This paper tackles the important, difficult problem of detecting program inputs that trigger large floatingpoint errors in numerical code. It introduces a novel, principled dynamic analysis that leverages the mathematically rigorously analyzed condition numbers for atomic numerical operations, which we call atomic conditions, to effectively guide the search for large floatingpoint errors. Compared with existing approaches, our work based on atomic conditions has several distinctive benefits: (1) it does not rely on highprecision implementations to act as approximate oracles, which are difficult to obtain in general and computationally costly; and (2) atomic conditions provide accurate, modular search guidance. These benefits in combination lead to a highly effective approach that detects more significant errors in realworld code (e.g., widelyused numerical library functions) and achieves several orders of speedups over the stateoftheart, thus making error analysis significantly more practical. We expect the methodology and principles behind our approach to benefit other floatingpoint program analysis tasks such as debugging, repair and synthesis. To facilitate the reproduction of our work, we have made our implementation, evaluation data and results publicly available on GitHub at https://github.com/FPAnalysis/atomiccondition. @Article{POPL20p60, author = {Daming Zou and Muhan Zeng and Yingfei Xiong and Zhoulai Fu and Lu Zhang and Zhendong Su}, title = {Detecting FloatingPoint Errors via Atomic Conditions}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {60}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371128}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

GarciaContreras, Isabel 
POPL '20: "Abstract Extensionality: On ..."
Abstract Extensionality: On the Properties of Incomplete Abstract Interpretations
Roberto Bruni, Roberto Giacobazzi, Roberta Gori, Isabel GarciaContreras, and Dusko Pavlovic (University of Pisa, Italy; University of Verona, Italy; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain; University of Hawaii, USA) In this paper we generalise the notion of extensional (functional) equivalence of programs to abstract equivalences induced by abstract interpretations. The standard notion of extensional equivalence is recovered as the special case, induced by the concrete interpretation. Some properties of the extensional equivalence, such as the one spelled out in Rice’s theorem, lift to the abstract equivalences in suitably generalised forms. On the other hand, the generalised framework gives rise to interesting and important new properties, and allows refined, nonextensional analyses. In particular, since programs turn out to be extensionally equivalent if and only if they are equivalent just for the concrete interpretation, it follows that any nontrivial abstract interpretation uncovers some intensional aspect of programs. This striking result is also effective, in the sense that it allows constructing, for any nontrivial abstraction, a pair of programs that are extensionally equivalent, but have different abstract semantics. The construction is based on the fact that abstract interpretations are always sound, but that they can be made incomplete through suitable code transformations. To construct these transformations, we introduce a novel technique for building incompleteness cliques of extensionally equivalent yet abstractly distinguishable programs: They are built together with abstract interpretations that produce false alarms. While programs are forced into incompleteness cliques using both controlflow and dataflow transformations, the main result follows from limitations of dataflow transformations with respect to controlflow ones. A further consequence is that the class of incomplete programs for a nontrivial abstraction is Turing complete. The obtained results also shed a new light on the relation between the techniques of code obfuscation and the precision in program analysis. @Article{POPL20p28, author = {Roberto Bruni and Roberto Giacobazzi and Roberta Gori and Isabel GarciaContreras and Dusko Pavlovic}, title = {Abstract Extensionality: On the Properties of Incomplete Abstract Interpretations}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {28}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371096}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Garg, Deepak 
POPL '20: "The HighLevel Benefits of ..."
The HighLevel Benefits of LowLevel Sandboxing
Michael Sammler, Deepak Garg, Derek Dreyer, and Tadeusz Litak (MPISWS, Germany; FriedrichAlexander University ErlangenNürnberg, Germany) Sandboxing is a common technique that allows lowlevel, untrusted components to safely interact with trusted code. However, previous work has only investigated the lowlevel memory isolation guarantees of sandboxing, leaving open the question of the endtoend guarantees that sandboxing affords programmers. In this paper, we fill this gap by showing that sandboxing enables reasoning about the known concept of robust safety, i.e., safety of the trusted code even in the presence of arbitrary untrusted code. To do this, we first present an idealized operational semantics for a language that combines trusted code with untrusted code. Sandboxing is built into our semantics. Then, we prove that safety properties of the trusted code (as enforced through a rich type system) are upheld in the presence of arbitrary untrusted code, so long as all interactions with untrusted code occur at the “any” type (a type inhabited by all values). Finally, to alleviate the burden of having to interact with untrusted code at only the “any” type, we formalize and prove safe several wrappers, which automatically convert values between the “any” type and much richer types. All our results are mechanized in the Coq proof assistant. @Article{POPL20p32, author = {Michael Sammler and Deepak Garg and Derek Dreyer and Tadeusz Litak}, title = {The HighLevel Benefits of LowLevel Sandboxing}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {32}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371100}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Genco, Francesco A. 
POPL '20: "Par Means Parallel: Multiplicative ..."
Par Means Parallel: Multiplicative Linear Logic Proofs as Concurrent Functional Programs
Federico Aschieri and Francesco A. Genco (TU Vienna, Austria; University of Paris 1, France) Along the lines of Abramsky’s “ProofsasProcesses” program, we present an interpretation of multiplicative linear logic as typing system for concurrent functional programming. In particular, we study a linear multipleconclusion natural deduction system and show it is isomorphic to a simple and natural extension of λcalculus with parallelism and communication primitives, called λpar. We shall prove that λpar satisfies all the desirable properties for a typed programming language: subject reduction, progress, strong normalization and confluence. @Article{POPL20p18, author = {Federico Aschieri and Francesco A. Genco}, title = {Par Means Parallel: Multiplicative Linear Logic Proofs as Concurrent Functional Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {18}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371086}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Giacobazzi, Roberto 
POPL '20: "Abstract Extensionality: On ..."
Abstract Extensionality: On the Properties of Incomplete Abstract Interpretations
Roberto Bruni, Roberto Giacobazzi, Roberta Gori, Isabel GarciaContreras, and Dusko Pavlovic (University of Pisa, Italy; University of Verona, Italy; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain; University of Hawaii, USA) In this paper we generalise the notion of extensional (functional) equivalence of programs to abstract equivalences induced by abstract interpretations. The standard notion of extensional equivalence is recovered as the special case, induced by the concrete interpretation. Some properties of the extensional equivalence, such as the one spelled out in Rice’s theorem, lift to the abstract equivalences in suitably generalised forms. On the other hand, the generalised framework gives rise to interesting and important new properties, and allows refined, nonextensional analyses. In particular, since programs turn out to be extensionally equivalent if and only if they are equivalent just for the concrete interpretation, it follows that any nontrivial abstract interpretation uncovers some intensional aspect of programs. This striking result is also effective, in the sense that it allows constructing, for any nontrivial abstraction, a pair of programs that are extensionally equivalent, but have different abstract semantics. The construction is based on the fact that abstract interpretations are always sound, but that they can be made incomplete through suitable code transformations. To construct these transformations, we introduce a novel technique for building incompleteness cliques of extensionally equivalent yet abstractly distinguishable programs: They are built together with abstract interpretations that produce false alarms. While programs are forced into incompleteness cliques using both controlflow and dataflow transformations, the main result follows from limitations of dataflow transformations with respect to controlflow ones. A further consequence is that the class of incomplete programs for a nontrivial abstraction is Turing complete. The obtained results also shed a new light on the relation between the techniques of code obfuscation and the precision in program analysis. @Article{POPL20p28, author = {Roberto Bruni and Roberto Giacobazzi and Roberta Gori and Isabel GarciaContreras and Dusko Pavlovic}, title = {Abstract Extensionality: On the Properties of Incomplete Abstract Interpretations}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {28}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371096}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Giesl, Jürgen 
POPL '20: "Aiming Low Is Harder: Induction ..."
Aiming Low Is Harder: Induction for Lower Bounds in Probabilistic Program Verification
Marcel Hark, Benjamin Lucien Kaminski, Jürgen Giesl, and JoostPieter Katoen (RWTH Aachen University, Germany) We present a new inductive rule for verifying lower bounds on expected values of random variables after execution of probabilistic loops as well as on their expected runtimes. Our rule is simple in the sense that loop body semantics need to be applied only finitely often in order to verify that the candidates are indeed lower bounds. In particular, it is not necessary to find the limit of a sequence as in many previous rules. @Article{POPL20p37, author = {Marcel Hark and Benjamin Lucien Kaminski and Jürgen Giesl and JoostPieter Katoen}, title = {Aiming Low Is Harder: Induction for Lower Bounds in Probabilistic Program Verification}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {37}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371105}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Gori, Roberta 
POPL '20: "Abstract Extensionality: On ..."
Abstract Extensionality: On the Properties of Incomplete Abstract Interpretations
Roberto Bruni, Roberto Giacobazzi, Roberta Gori, Isabel GarciaContreras, and Dusko Pavlovic (University of Pisa, Italy; University of Verona, Italy; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain; University of Hawaii, USA) In this paper we generalise the notion of extensional (functional) equivalence of programs to abstract equivalences induced by abstract interpretations. The standard notion of extensional equivalence is recovered as the special case, induced by the concrete interpretation. Some properties of the extensional equivalence, such as the one spelled out in Rice’s theorem, lift to the abstract equivalences in suitably generalised forms. On the other hand, the generalised framework gives rise to interesting and important new properties, and allows refined, nonextensional analyses. In particular, since programs turn out to be extensionally equivalent if and only if they are equivalent just for the concrete interpretation, it follows that any nontrivial abstract interpretation uncovers some intensional aspect of programs. This striking result is also effective, in the sense that it allows constructing, for any nontrivial abstraction, a pair of programs that are extensionally equivalent, but have different abstract semantics. The construction is based on the fact that abstract interpretations are always sound, but that they can be made incomplete through suitable code transformations. To construct these transformations, we introduce a novel technique for building incompleteness cliques of extensionally equivalent yet abstractly distinguishable programs: They are built together with abstract interpretations that produce false alarms. While programs are forced into incompleteness cliques using both controlflow and dataflow transformations, the main result follows from limitations of dataflow transformations with respect to controlflow ones. A further consequence is that the class of incomplete programs for a nontrivial abstraction is Turing complete. The obtained results also shed a new light on the relation between the techniques of code obfuscation and the precision in program analysis. @Article{POPL20p28, author = {Roberto Bruni and Roberto Giacobazzi and Roberta Gori and Isabel GarciaContreras and Dusko Pavlovic}, title = {Abstract Extensionality: On the Properties of Incomplete Abstract Interpretations}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {28}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371096}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Greenberg, Michael 
POPL '20: "Executable Formal Semantics ..."
Executable Formal Semantics for the POSIX Shell
Michael Greenberg and Austin J. Blatt (Pomona College, USA; Puppet Labs, USA) The POSIX shell is a widely deployed, powerful tool for managing computer systems. The shell is the expert’s control panel, a necessary tool for configuring, compiling, installing, maintaining, and deploying systems. Even though it is powerful, critical infrastructure, the POSIX shell is maligned and misunderstood. Its power and its subtlety are a dangerous combination. We define a formal, mechanized, executable smallstep semantics for the POSIX shell, which we call Smoosh. We compared Smoosh against seven other shells that aim for some measure of POSIX compliance (bash, dash, zsh, OSH, mksh, ksh93, and yash). Using three test suites—the POSIX test suite, the Modernish test suite and shell diagnostic, and a test suite of our own device—we found Smoosh’s semantics to be the most conformant to the POSIX standard. Modernish judges Smoosh to have the fewest bugs (just one, from using dash’s parser) and no quirks. To show that our semantics is useful beyond yielding a conformant, executable shell, we also implemented a symbolic stepper to illuminate the subtle behavior of the shell. Smoosh will serve as a foundation for formal study of the POSIX shell, supporting research on and development of new shells, new tooling for shells, and new shell designs. @Article{POPL20p43, author = {Michael Greenberg and Austin J. Blatt}, title = {Executable Formal Semantics for the POSIX Shell}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {43}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371111}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Grégoire, Benjamin 
POPL '20: "Formal Verification of a ConstantTime ..."
Formal Verification of a ConstantTime Preserving C Compiler
Gilles Barthe, Sandrine Blazy, Benjamin Grégoire, Rémi Hutin, Vincent Laporte, David Pichardie, and Alix Trieu (MPI for Security and Privacy, Germany; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; University of Rennes, France; Inria, France; CNRS, France; IRISA, France; Aarhus University, Denmark) Timing sidechannels are arguably one of the main sources of vulnerabilities in cryptographic implementations. One effective mitigation against timing sidechannels is to write programs that do not perform secretdependent branches and memory accesses. This mitigation, known as "cryptographic constanttime", is adopted by several popular cryptographic libraries. This paper focuses on compilation of cryptographic constanttime programs, and more specifically on the following question: is the code generated by a realistic compiler for a constanttime source program itself provably constanttime? Surprisingly, we answer the question positively for a mildly modified version of the CompCert compiler, a formally verified and moderately optimizing compiler for C. Concretely, we modify the CompCert compiler to eliminate sources of potential leakage. Then, we instrument the operational semantics of CompCert intermediate languages so as to be able to capture cryptographic constanttime. Finally, we prove that the modified CompCert compiler preserves constanttime. Our mechanization maximizes reuse of the CompCert correctness proof, through the use of new proof techniques for proving preservation of constanttime. These techniques achieve complementary tradeoffs between generality and tractability of proof effort, and are of independent interest. @Article{POPL20p7, author = {Gilles Barthe and Sandrine Blazy and Benjamin Grégoire and Rémi Hutin and Vincent Laporte and David Pichardie and Alix Trieu}, title = {Formal Verification of a ConstantTime Preserving C Compiler}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {7}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371075}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Groves, Lindsay 
POPL '20: "Decidable Subtyping for Path ..."
Decidable Subtyping for Path Dependent Types
Julian Mackay, Alex Potanin, Jonathan Aldrich, and Lindsay Groves (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Carnegie Mellon University, USA) Path dependent types have long served as an expressive component of the Scala programming language. They allow for the modelling of both bounded polymorphism and a degree of nominal subtyping. Nominality in turn provides the ability to capture first class modules. Thus a single language feature gives rise to a rich array of expressiveness. Recent work has proven path dependent types sound in the presence of both intersection and recursive types, but unfortunately typing remains undecidable, posing problems for programmers who rely on the results of type checkers. The Wyvern programming language is an object oriented language with path dependent types, recursive types and first class modules. In this paper we define two variants of Wyvern that feature decidable typing, along with machine checked proofs of decidability. Despite the restrictions, our approaches retain the ability to encode the parameteric polymorphism of Java generics along with many idioms of the Scala module system. @Article{POPL20p66, author = {Julian Mackay and Alex Potanin and Jonathan Aldrich and Lindsay Groves}, title = {Decidable Subtyping for Path Dependent Types}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {66}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371134}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Gu, Ronghui 
POPL '20: "Virtual Timeline: A Formal ..."
Virtual Timeline: A Formal Abstraction for Verifying Preemptive Schedulers with Temporal Isolation
Mengqi Liu, Lionel Rieg, Zhong Shao, Ronghui Gu, David Costanzo, JungEun Kim, and ManKi Yoon (Yale University, USA; Grenoble Alps University, France; CNRS, France; Grenoble INP, France; VERIMAG, France; Columbia University, USA) The reliability and security of safetycritical realtime systems are of utmost importance because the failure of these systems could incur severe consequences (e.g., loss of lives or failure of a mission). Such properties require strong isolation between components and they rely on enforcement mechanisms provided by the underlying operating system (OS) kernel. In addition to spatial isolation which is commonly provided by OS kernels to various extents, it also requires temporal isolation, that is, properties on the schedule of one component (e.g., schedulability) are independent of behaviors of other components. The strict isolation between components relies critically on algorithmic properties of the concrete implementation of the scheduler, such as timely provision of time slots, obliviousness to preemption, etc. However, existing work either only reasons about an abstract model of the scheduler, or proves properties of the scheduler implementation that are not rich enough to establish the isolation between different components. In this paper, we present a novel compositional framework for reasoning about algorithmic properties of the concrete implementation of preemptive schedulers. In particular, we use virtual timeline, a variant of the supply bound function used in realtime scheduling analysis, to specify and reason about the scheduling of each component in isolation. We show that the properties proved on this abstraction carry down to the generated assembly code of the OS kernel. Using this framework, we successfully verify a realtime OS kernel, which extends mCertiKOS, a singleprocessor nonpreemptive kernel, with userlevel preemption, a verified timer interrupt handler, and a verified realtime scheduler. We prove that in the absence of microarchitecturallevel timing channels, this new kernel enjoys temporal and spatial isolation on top of the functional correctness guarantee. All the proofs are implemented in the Coq proof assistant. @Article{POPL20p20, author = {Mengqi Liu and Lionel Rieg and Zhong Shao and Ronghui Gu and David Costanzo and JungEun Kim and ManKi Yoon}, title = {Virtual Timeline: A Formal Abstraction for Verifying Preemptive Schedulers with Temporal Isolation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {20}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371088}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Functional 

Guo, Zheng 
POPL '20: "Program Synthesis by TypeGuided ..."
Program Synthesis by TypeGuided Abstraction Refinement
Zheng Guo, Michael James, David Justo, Jiaxiao Zhou, Ziteng Wang, Ranjit Jhala, and Nadia Polikarpova (University of California at San Diego, USA) We consider the problem of typedirected componentbased synthesis where, given a set of (typed) components and a query type, the goal is to synthesize a term that inhabits the query. Classical approaches based on proof search in intuitionistic logics do not scale up to the standard libraries of modern languages, which span hundreds or thousands of components. Recent graph reachability based methods proposed for Java do scale, but only apply to monomorphic data and components: polymorphic data and components infinitely explode the size of the graph that must be searched, rendering synthesis intractable. We introduce typeguided abstraction refinement (TYGAR), a new approach for scalable typedirected synthesis over polymorphic datatypes and components. Our key insight is that we can overcome the explosion by building a graph over abstract types which represent a potentially unbounded set of concrete types. We show how to use graph reachability to search for candidate terms over abstract types, and introduce a new algorithm that uses proofs of untypeability of illtyped candidates to iteratively refine the abstraction until a welltyped result is found. We have implemented TYGAR in H+, a tool that takes as input a set of Haskell libraries and a query type, and returns a Haskell term that uses functions from the provided libraries to implement the query type. Our support for polymorphism allows H+ to work with higherorder functions and type classes, and enables more precise queries due to parametricity. We have evaluated H+ on 44 queries using a set of popular Haskell libraries with a total of 291 components. H+ returns an interesting solution within the first five results for 32 out of 44 queries. Our results show that TYGAR allows H+ to rapidly return welltyped terms, with the median time to first solution of just 1.4 seconds. Moreover, we observe that gains from iterative refinement over exhaustive enumeration are more pronounced on harder queries. @Article{POPL20p12, author = {Zheng Guo and Michael James and David Justo and Jiaxiao Zhou and Ziteng Wang and Ranjit Jhala and Nadia Polikarpova}, title = {Program Synthesis by TypeGuided Abstraction Refinement}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {12}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371080}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Gupta, Aarti 
POPL '20: "Abstract Interpretation of ..."
Abstract Interpretation of Distributed Network Control Planes
Ryan Beckett, Aarti Gupta, Ratul Mahajan, and David Walker (Microsoft Research, USA; Princeton University, USA; University of Washington, USA; Intentionet, USA) The control plane of most computer networks runs distributed routing protocols that determine if and how traffic is forwarded. Errors in the configuration of network control planes frequently knock down critical online services, leading to economic damage for service providers and significant hardship for users. Validation via aheadoftime simulation can help find configuration errors but such techniques are expensive or even intractable for large industrial networks. We explore the use of abstract interpretation to address this fundamental scaling challenge and find that the right abstractions can reduce the asymptotic complexity of network simulation. Based on this observation, we build a tool called ShapeShifter for reachability analysis. On a suite of 127 production networks from a large cloud provider, ShapeShifter provides an asymptotic improvement in runtime and memory over the stateoftheart simulator. These gains come with a minimal loss in precision. Our abstract analysis accurately predicts reachability for all destinations for 95% of the networks and for most destinations for the remaining 5%. We also find that abstract interpretation of network control planes not only speeds up existing analyses but also facilitates new kinds of analyses. We illustrate this advantage through a new destination "hijacking" analysis for the border gateway protocol (BGP), the globallydeployed routing protocol. @Article{POPL20p42, author = {Ryan Beckett and Aarti Gupta and Ratul Mahajan and David Walker}, title = {Abstract Interpretation of Distributed Network Control Planes}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {42}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371110}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Handley, Martin A. T. 
POPL '20: "Liquidate Your Assets: Reasoning ..."
Liquidate Your Assets: Reasoning about Resource Usage in Liquid Haskell
Martin A. T. Handley, Niki Vazou, and Graham Hutton (University of Nottingham, UK; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain) Liquid Haskell is an extension to the type system of Haskell that supports formal reasoning about program correctness by encoding logical properties as refinement types. In this article, we show how Liquid Haskell can also be used to reason about program efficiency in the same setting. We use the system's existing verification machinery to ensure that the results of our cost analysis are valid, together with custom invariants for particular program contexts to ensure that the results of our analysis are precise. To illustrate our approach, we analyse the efficiency of a wide range of popular data structures and algorithms, and in doing so, explore various notions of resource usage. Our experience is that reasoning about efficiency in Liquid Haskell is often just as simple as reasoning about correctness, and that the two can naturally be combined. @Article{POPL20p24, author = {Martin A. T. Handley and Niki Vazou and Graham Hutton}, title = {Liquidate Your Assets: Reasoning about Resource Usage in Liquid Haskell}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {24}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371092}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Hark, Marcel 
POPL '20: "Aiming Low Is Harder: Induction ..."
Aiming Low Is Harder: Induction for Lower Bounds in Probabilistic Program Verification
Marcel Hark, Benjamin Lucien Kaminski, Jürgen Giesl, and JoostPieter Katoen (RWTH Aachen University, Germany) We present a new inductive rule for verifying lower bounds on expected values of random variables after execution of probabilistic loops as well as on their expected runtimes. Our rule is simple in the sense that loop body semantics need to be applied only finitely often in order to verify that the candidates are indeed lower bounds. In particular, it is not necessary to find the limit of a sequence as in many previous rules. @Article{POPL20p37, author = {Marcel Hark and Benjamin Lucien Kaminski and Jürgen Giesl and JoostPieter Katoen}, title = {Aiming Low Is Harder: Induction for Lower Bounds in Probabilistic Program Verification}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {37}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371105}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

He, Paul 
POPL '20: "Interaction Trees: Representing ..."
Interaction Trees: Representing Recursive and Impure Programs in Coq
Liyao Xia, Yannick Zakowski, Paul He, ChungKil Hur, Gregory Malecha, Benjamin C. Pierce, and Steve Zdancewic (University of Pennsylvania, USA; Seoul National University, South Korea; BedRock Systems, USA) Interaction trees (ITrees) are a generalpurpose data structure for representing the behaviors of recursive programs that interact with their environments. A coinductive variant of “free monads,” ITrees are built out of uninterpreted events and their continuations. They support compositional construction of interpreters from event handlers, which give meaning to events by defining their semantics as monadic actions. ITrees are expressive enough to represent impure and potentially nonterminating, mutually recursive computations, while admitting a rich equational theory of equivalence up to weak bisimulation. In contrast to other approaches such as relationally specified operational semantics, ITrees are executable via code extraction, making them suitable for debugging, testing, and implementing software artifacts that are amenable to formal verification. We have implemented ITrees and their associated theory as a Coq library, mechanizing classic domain and categorytheoretic results about program semantics, iteration, monadic structures, and equational reasoning. Although the internals of the library rely heavily on coinductive proofs, the interface hides these details so that clients can use and reason about ITrees without explicit use of Coq’s coinduction tactics. To showcase the utility of our theory, we prove the terminationsensitive correctness of a compiler from a simple imperative source language to an assemblylike target whose meanings are given in an ITreebased denotational semantics. Unlike previous results using operational techniques, our bisimulation proof follows straightforwardly by structural induction and elementary rewriting via an equational theory of combinators for controlflow graphs. @Article{POPL20p51, author = {Liyao Xia and Yannick Zakowski and Paul He and ChungKil Hur and Gregory Malecha and Benjamin C. Pierce and Steve Zdancewic}, title = {Interaction Trees: Representing Recursive and Impure Programs in Coq}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {51}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371119}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Hicks, Michael 
POPL '20: "A Language for Probabilistically ..."
A Language for Probabilistically Oblivious Computation
David Darais, Ian Sweet, Chang Liu, and Michael Hicks (University of Vermont, USA; University of Maryland, USA; Citadel Securities, USA) An oblivious computation is one that is free of direct and indirect information leaks, e.g., due to observable differences in timing and memory access patterns. This paper presents Lambda Obliv, a core language whose type system enforces obliviousness. Prior work on typeenforced oblivious computation has focused on deterministic programs. Lambda Obliv is new in its consideration of programs that implement probabilistic algorithms, such as those involved in cryptography. Lambda Obliv employs a substructural type system and a novel notion of probability region to ensure that information is not leaked via the observed distribution of visible events. Probability regions support reasoning about probabilistic correlation and independence between values, and our use of probability regions is motivated by a source of unsoundness that we discovered in the type system of ObliVM, a language for implementing state of the art oblivious algorithms. We prove that Lambda Obliv's type system enforces obliviousness and show that it is expressive enough to typecheck advanced treebased oblivious RAMs. @Article{POPL20p50, author = {David Darais and Ian Sweet and Chang Liu and Michael Hicks}, title = {A Language for Probabilistically Oblivious Computation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {50}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371118}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Hinrichsen, Jonas Kastberg 
POPL '20: "Actris: SessionType Based ..."
Actris: SessionType Based Reasoning in Separation Logic
Jonas Kastberg Hinrichsen, Jesper Bengtson, and Robbert Krebbers (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Delft University of Technology, Netherlands) Message passing is a useful abstraction to implement concurrent programs. For realworld systems, however, it is often combined with other programming and concurrency paradigms, such as higherorder functions, mutable state, sharedmemory concurrency, and locks. We present Actris: a logic for proving functional correctness of programs that use a combination of the aforementioned features. Actris combines the power of modern concurrent separation logics with a firstclass protocol mechanism—based on session types—for reasoning about message passing in the presence of other concurrency paradigms. We show that Actris provides a suitable level of abstraction by proving functional correctness of a variety of examples, including a distributed merge sort, a distributed loadbalancing mapper, and a variant of the mapreduce model, using relatively simple specifications. Soundness of Actris is proved using a model of its protocol mechanism in the Iris framework. We mechanised the theory of Actris, together with tactics for symbolic execution of programs, as well as all examples in the paper, in the Coq proof assistant. @Article{POPL20p6, author = {Jonas Kastberg Hinrichsen and Jesper Bengtson and Robbert Krebbers}, title = {Actris: SessionType Based Reasoning in Separation Logic}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {6}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371074}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Hirschowitz, André 
POPL '20: "Reduction Monads and Their ..."
Reduction Monads and Their Signatures
Benedikt Ahrens, André Hirschowitz, Ambroise Lafont, and Marco Maggesi (University of Birmingham, UK; University of Côte d'Azur, France; IMT Atlantique, France; University of Florence, Italy) In this work, we study reduction monads, which are essentially the same as monads relative to the free functor from sets into multigraphs. Reduction monads account for two aspects of the lambda calculus: on the one hand, in the monadic viewpoint, the lambda calculus is an object equipped with a wellbehaved substitution; on the other hand, in the graphical viewpoint, it is an oriented multigraph whose vertices are terms and whose edges witness the reductions between two terms. We study presentations of reduction monads. To this end, we propose a notion of reduction signature. As usual, such a signature plays the role of a virtual presentation, and specifies arities for generating operations—possibly subject to equations—together with arities for generating reduction rules. For each such signature, we define a category of models; any model is, in particular, a reduction monad. If the initial object of this category of models exists, we call it the reduction monad presented (or specified) by the given reduction signature. Our main result identifies a class of reduction signatures which specify a reduction monad in the above sense. We show in the examples that our approach covers several standard variants of the lambda calculus. @Article{POPL20p31, author = {Benedikt Ahrens and André Hirschowitz and Ambroise Lafont and Marco Maggesi}, title = {Reduction Monads and Their Signatures}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {31}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371099}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Hriţcu, Cătălin 
POPL '20: "The Next 700 Relational Program ..."
The Next 700 Relational Program Logics
Kenji Maillard, Cătălin Hriţcu, Exequiel Rivas, and Antoine Van Muylder (Inria, France; ENS, France; University of Paris, France) We propose the first framework for defining relational program logics for arbitrary monadic effects. The framework is embedded within a relational dependent type theory and is highly expressive. At the semantic level, we provide an algebraic presentation of relational specifications as a class of relative monads, and link computations and specifications by introducing relational effect observations, which map pairs of monadic computations to relational specifications in a way that respects the algebraic structure. For an arbitrary relational effect observation, we generically define the core of a sound relational program logic, and explain how to complete it to a fullfledged logic for the monadic effect at hand. We show that this generic framework can be used to define relational program logics for effects as diverse as state, inputoutput, nondeterminism, and discrete probabilities. We, moreover, show that by instantiating our framework with state and unbounded iteration we can embed a variant of Benton's Relational Hoare Logic, and also sketch how to reconstruct Relational Hoare Type Theory. Finally, we identify and overcome conceptual challenges that prevented previous relational program logics from properly dealing with control effects, and are the first to provide a relational program logic for exceptions. @Article{POPL20p4, author = {Kenji Maillard and Cătălin Hriţcu and Exequiel Rivas and Antoine Van Muylder}, title = {The Next 700 Relational Program Logics}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {4}, numpages = {33}, doi = {10.1145/3371072}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Hsu, Justin 
POPL '20: "Guarded Kleene Algebra with ..."
Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests: Verification of Uninterpreted Programs in Nearly Linear Time
Steffen Smolka, Nate Foster, Justin Hsu, Tobias Kappé, Dexter Kozen, and Alexandra Silva (Cornell University, USA; University of WisconsinMadison, USA; University College London, UK) Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests (GKAT) is a variation on Kleene Algebra with Tests (KAT) that arises by restricting the union (+) and iteration (*) operations from KAT to predicateguarded versions. We develop the (co)algebraic theory of GKAT and show how it can be efficiently used to reason about imperative programs. In contrast to KAT, whose equational theory is PSPACEcomplete, we show that the equational theory of GKAT is (almost) linear time. We also provide a full Kleene theorem and prove completeness for an analogue of Salomaa’s axiomatization of Kleene Algebra. @Article{POPL20p61, author = {Steffen Smolka and Nate Foster and Justin Hsu and Tobias Kappé and Dexter Kozen and Alexandra Silva}, title = {Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests: Verification of Uninterpreted Programs in Nearly Linear Time}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {61}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371129}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search POPL '20: "Relational Proofs for Quantum ..." Relational Proofs for Quantum Programs Gilles Barthe, Justin Hsu, Mingsheng Ying, Nengkun Yu, and Li Zhou (MPI for Security and Privacy, Germany; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; University of WisconsinMadison, USA; University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Institute of Software at Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; Tsinghua University, China) Relational verification of quantum programs has many potential applications in quantum and postquantum security and other domains. We propose a relational program logic for quantum programs. The interpretation of our logic is based on a quantum analogue of probabilistic couplings. We use our logic to verify nontrivial relational properties of quantum programs, including uniformity for samples generated by the quantum Bernoulli factory, reliability of quantum teleportation against noise (bit and phase flip), security of quantum onetime pad and equivalence of quantum walks. @Article{POPL20p21, author = {Gilles Barthe and Justin Hsu and Mingsheng Ying and Nengkun Yu and Li Zhou}, title = {Relational Proofs for Quantum Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {21}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371089}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search POPL '20: "A Probabilistic Separation ..." A Probabilistic Separation Logic Gilles Barthe, Justin Hsu, and Kevin Liao (MPI for Security and Privacy, Germany; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; University of WisconsinMadison, USA; University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, USA) Probabilistic independence is a useful concept for describing the result of random sampling—a basic operation in all probabilistic languages—and for reasoning about groups of random variables. Nevertheless, existing verification methods handle independence poorly, if at all. We propose a probabili stic separation logic PSL, where separation models probabilistic independence. We first give a new, probabilistic model of the logic of bunched implications (BI). We then build a program logic based on these assertions, and prove soundness of the proof system. We demonstrate our logic by verifying informationtheoretic security of cryptographic constructions for several wellknown tasks, including private information retrieval, oblivious transfer, secure multiparty addition, and simple oblivious RAM. Our proofs reason purely in terms of highlevel properties, like independence and uniformity. @Article{POPL20p55, author = {Gilles Barthe and Justin Hsu and Kevin Liao}, title = {A Probabilistic Separation Logic}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {55}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371123}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Hu, Jason Z. S. 
POPL '20: "Undecidability of D_{<:} ..."
Undecidability of D_{<:} and Its Decidable Fragments
Jason Z. S. Hu and Ondřej Lhoták (McGill University, Canada; University of Waterloo, Canada) Dependent Object Types (DOT) is a calculus with path dependent types, intersection types, and object selfreferences, which serves as the core calculus of Scala 3. Although the calculus has been proven sound, it remains open whether type checking in DOT is decidable. In this paper, we establish undecidability proofs of type checking and subtyping of D_{<:}, a syntactic subset of DOT. It turns out that even for D_{<:}, undecidability is surprisingly difficult to show, as evidenced by counterexamples for past attempts. To prove undecidability, we discover an equivalent definition of the D_{<:} subtyping rules in normal form. Besides being easier to reason about, this definition makes the phenomenon of subtyping reflection explicit as a single inference rule. After removing this rule, we discover two decidable fragments of D_{<:} subtyping and identify algorithms to decide them. We prove soundness and completeness of the algorithms with respect to the fragments, and we prove that the algorithms terminate. Our proofs are mechanized in a combination of Coq and Agda. @Article{POPL20p9, author = {Jason Z. S. Hu and Ondřej Lhoták}, title = {Undecidability of <i>D<sub><:</sub></i> and Its Decidable Fragments}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {9}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371077}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Hur, ChungKil 
POPL '20: "Interaction Trees: Representing ..."
Interaction Trees: Representing Recursive and Impure Programs in Coq
Liyao Xia, Yannick Zakowski, Paul He, ChungKil Hur, Gregory Malecha, Benjamin C. Pierce, and Steve Zdancewic (University of Pennsylvania, USA; Seoul National University, South Korea; BedRock Systems, USA) Interaction trees (ITrees) are a generalpurpose data structure for representing the behaviors of recursive programs that interact with their environments. A coinductive variant of “free monads,” ITrees are built out of uninterpreted events and their continuations. They support compositional construction of interpreters from event handlers, which give meaning to events by defining their semantics as monadic actions. ITrees are expressive enough to represent impure and potentially nonterminating, mutually recursive computations, while admitting a rich equational theory of equivalence up to weak bisimulation. In contrast to other approaches such as relationally specified operational semantics, ITrees are executable via code extraction, making them suitable for debugging, testing, and implementing software artifacts that are amenable to formal verification. We have implemented ITrees and their associated theory as a Coq library, mechanizing classic domain and categorytheoretic results about program semantics, iteration, monadic structures, and equational reasoning. Although the internals of the library rely heavily on coinductive proofs, the interface hides these details so that clients can use and reason about ITrees without explicit use of Coq’s coinduction tactics. To showcase the utility of our theory, we prove the terminationsensitive correctness of a compiler from a simple imperative source language to an assemblylike target whose meanings are given in an ITreebased denotational semantics. Unlike previous results using operational techniques, our bisimulation proof follows straightforwardly by structural induction and elementary rewriting via an equational theory of combinators for controlflow graphs. @Article{POPL20p51, author = {Liyao Xia and Yannick Zakowski and Paul He and ChungKil Hur and Gregory Malecha and Benjamin C. Pierce and Steve Zdancewic}, title = {Interaction Trees: Representing Recursive and Impure Programs in Coq}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {51}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371119}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable POPL '20: "CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly ..." CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly Linking and Lightweight Modular Verification Youngju Song, Minki Cho, Dongjoo Kim, Yonghyun Kim, Jeehoon Kang, and ChungKil Hur (Seoul National University, South Korea; KAIST, South Korea) Supporting multilanguage linking such as linking C and handwritten assembly modules in the verified compiler CompCert requires a more compositional verification technique than that used in CompCert just supporting separate compilation. The two extensions, CompCertX and Compositional CompCert, supporting multilanguage linking take different approaches. The former simplifies the problem by imposing restrictions that the source modules should have no mutual dependence and be verified against certain wellbehaved specifications. On the other hand, the latter develops a new verification technique that directly solves the problem but at the expense of significantly increasing the verification cost. In this paper, we develop a novel lightweight verification technique, called RUSC (Refinement Under Selfrelated Contexts), and demonstrate how RUSC can solve the problem without any restrictions but still with low verification overhead. For this, we develop CompCertM, a full extension of the latest version of CompCert supporting multilanguage linking. Moreover, we demonstrate the power of RUSC as a program verification technique by modularly verifying interesting programs consisting of C and handwritten assembly against their mathematical specifications. @Article{POPL20p23, author = {Youngju Song and Minki Cho and Dongjoo Kim and Yonghyun Kim and Jeehoon Kang and ChungKil Hur}, title = {CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly Linking and Lightweight Modular Verification}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {23}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371091}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Hutin, Rémi 
POPL '20: "Formal Verification of a ConstantTime ..."
Formal Verification of a ConstantTime Preserving C Compiler
Gilles Barthe, Sandrine Blazy, Benjamin Grégoire, Rémi Hutin, Vincent Laporte, David Pichardie, and Alix Trieu (MPI for Security and Privacy, Germany; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; University of Rennes, France; Inria, France; CNRS, France; IRISA, France; Aarhus University, Denmark) Timing sidechannels are arguably one of the main sources of vulnerabilities in cryptographic implementations. One effective mitigation against timing sidechannels is to write programs that do not perform secretdependent branches and memory accesses. This mitigation, known as "cryptographic constanttime", is adopted by several popular cryptographic libraries. This paper focuses on compilation of cryptographic constanttime programs, and more specifically on the following question: is the code generated by a realistic compiler for a constanttime source program itself provably constanttime? Surprisingly, we answer the question positively for a mildly modified version of the CompCert compiler, a formally verified and moderately optimizing compiler for C. Concretely, we modify the CompCert compiler to eliminate sources of potential leakage. Then, we instrument the operational semantics of CompCert intermediate languages so as to be able to capture cryptographic constanttime. Finally, we prove that the modified CompCert compiler preserves constanttime. Our mechanization maximizes reuse of the CompCert correctness proof, through the use of new proof techniques for proving preservation of constanttime. These techniques achieve complementary tradeoffs between generality and tractability of proof effort, and are of independent interest. @Article{POPL20p7, author = {Gilles Barthe and Sandrine Blazy and Benjamin Grégoire and Rémi Hutin and Vincent Laporte and David Pichardie and Alix Trieu}, title = {Formal Verification of a ConstantTime Preserving C Compiler}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {7}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371075}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Hutton, Graham 
POPL '20: "Liquidate Your Assets: Reasoning ..."
Liquidate Your Assets: Reasoning about Resource Usage in Liquid Haskell
Martin A. T. Handley, Niki Vazou, and Graham Hutton (University of Nottingham, UK; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain) Liquid Haskell is an extension to the type system of Haskell that supports formal reasoning about program correctness by encoding logical properties as refinement types. In this article, we show how Liquid Haskell can also be used to reason about program efficiency in the same setting. We use the system's existing verification machinery to ensure that the results of our cost analysis are valid, together with custom invariants for particular program contexts to ensure that the results of our analysis are precise. To illustrate our approach, we analyse the efficiency of a wide range of popular data structures and algorithms, and in doing so, explore various notions of resource usage. Our experience is that reasoning about efficiency in Liquid Haskell is often just as simple as reasoning about correctness, and that the two can naturally be combined. @Article{POPL20p24, author = {Martin A. T. Handley and Niki Vazou and Graham Hutton}, title = {Liquidate Your Assets: Reasoning about Resource Usage in Liquid Haskell}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {24}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371092}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Immerman, Neil 
POPL '20: "Complexity and Information ..."
Complexity and Information in Invariant Inference
Yotam M. Y. Feldman, Neil Immerman, Mooly Sagiv, and Sharon Shoham (Tel Aviv University, Israel; University of Massachusetts, USA) This paper addresses the complexity of SATbased invariant inference, a prominent approach to safety verification. We consider the problem of inferring an inductive invariant of polynomial length given a transition system and a safety property. We analyze the complexity of this problem in a blackbox model, called the Hoarequery model, which is general enough to capture algorithms such as IC3/PDR and its variants. An algorithm in this model learns about the system's reachable states by querying the validity of Hoare triples. We show that in general an algorithm in the Hoarequery model requires an exponential number of queries. Our lower bound is informationtheoretic and applies even to computationally unrestricted algorithms, showing that no choice of generalization from the partial information obtained in a polynomial number of Hoare queries can lead to an efficient invariant inference procedure in this class. We then show, for the first time, that by utilizing rich Hoare queries, as done in PDR, inference can be exponentially more efficient than approaches such as ICE learning, which only utilize inductiveness checks of candidates. We do so by constructing a class of transition systems for which a simple version of PDR with a single frame infers invariants in a polynomial number of queries, whereas every algorithm using only inductiveness checks and counterexamples requires an exponential number of queries. Our results also shed light on connections and differences with the classical theory of exact concept learning with queries, and imply that learning from counterexamples to induction is harder than classical exact learning from labeled examples. This demonstrates that the convergence rate of CounterexampleGuided Inductive Synthesis depends on the form of counterexamples. @Article{POPL20p5, author = {Yotam M. Y. Feldman and Neil Immerman and Mooly Sagiv and Sharon Shoham}, title = {Complexity and Information in Invariant Inference}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {5}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371073}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Jaber, Guilhem 
POPL '20: "SyTeCi: Automating Contextual ..."
SyTeCi: Automating Contextual Equivalence for HigherOrder Programs with References
Guilhem Jaber (University of Nantes, France; LS2N CNRS, France; Inria, France) We propose a framework to study contextual equivalence of programs written in a callbyvalue functional language with local integer references. It reduces the problem of contextual equivalence to the problem of nonreachability in a transition system of memory configurations. This reduction is complete for recursionfree programs. Restricting to programs that do not allocate references inside the body of functions, we encode this nonreachability problem as a set of constrained Horn clause that can then be checked for satisfiability automatically. Restricting furthermore to a language with finite datatypes, we also get a new decidability result for contextual equivalence at any type. @Article{POPL20p59, author = {Guilhem Jaber}, title = {SyTeCi: Automating Contextual Equivalence for HigherOrder Programs with References}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {59}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371127}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Jabs, Julian 
POPL '20: "Decomposition Diversity with ..."
Decomposition Diversity with Symmetric Data and Codata
David Binder, Julian Jabs, Ingo Skupin, and Klaus Ostermann (University of Tübingen, Germany) The expression problem describes a fundamental tradeoff in program design: Should a program's primary decomposition be determined by the way its domain objects are constructed ("functional" decomposition), or by the way they are destructed ("objectoriented" decomposition)? We argue that programming languages should not force one of these decompositions on the programmer; rather, a programming language should support both ways of decomposing a program in a symmetric way, with an easy translation between these decompositions. However, current programming languages are usually not symmetric and hence make it unnecessarily hard to switch the decomposition. We propose a language that is symmetric in this regard and allows a fully automatic translation between "functional" and "objectoriented" decomposition. We present a language with algebraic data types and pattern matching for "functional" decomposition and codata types and copattern matching for "objectoriented" decomposition, together with a bijective translation that turns a data type into a codata type ("destructorization") or vice versa ("constructorization"). We present the first symmetric programming language with support for local (co)pattern matching, which includes local anonymous function or object definitions, that allows an automatic translation as described above. We also present the first mechanical formalization of such a language and prove i) that the type system is sound, that the translations between data and codata types are ii) typepreserving, iii) behaviorpreserving and iv) inverses of each other. We also extract a mechanically verified implementation from our formalization and have implemented an IDE with direct support for these translations. @Article{POPL20p30, author = {David Binder and Julian Jabs and Ingo Skupin and Klaus Ostermann}, title = {Decomposition Diversity with Symmetric Data and Codata}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {30}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371098}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Functional 

Jacobs, Bart 
POPL '20: "The Future is Ours: Prophecy ..."
The Future is Ours: Prophecy Variables in Separation Logic
Ralf Jung, Rodolphe Lepigre, Gaurav Parthasarathy, Marianna Rapoport, Amin Timany, Derek Dreyer, and Bart Jacobs (MPISWS, Germany; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; University of Waterloo, Canada; KU Leuven, Belgium) Early in the development of Hoare logic, Owicki and Gries introduced auxiliary variables as a way of encoding information about the history of a program’s execution that is useful for verifying its correctness. Over a decade later, Abadi and Lamport observed that it is sometimes also necessary to know in advance what a program will do in the future. To address this need, they proposed prophecy variables, originally as a proof technique for refinement mappings between state machines. However, despite the fact that prophecy variables are a clearly useful reasoning mechanism, there is (surprisingly) almost no work that attempts to integrate them into Hoare logic. In this paper, we present the first account of prophecy variables in a Hoarestyle program logic that is flexible enough to verify logical atomicity (a relative of linearizability) for classic examples from the concurrency literature like RDCSS and the HerlihyWing queue. Our account is formalized in the Iris framework for separation logic in Coq. It makes essential use of ownership to encode the exclusive right to resolve a prophecy, which in turn enables us to enforce soundness of prophecies with a very simple set of proof rules. @Article{POPL20p45, author = {Ralf Jung and Rodolphe Lepigre and Gaurav Parthasarathy and Marianna Rapoport and Amin Timany and Derek Dreyer and Bart Jacobs}, title = {The Future is Ours: Prophecy Variables in Separation Logic}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {45}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371113}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

James, Michael 
POPL '20: "Program Synthesis by TypeGuided ..."
Program Synthesis by TypeGuided Abstraction Refinement
Zheng Guo, Michael James, David Justo, Jiaxiao Zhou, Ziteng Wang, Ranjit Jhala, and Nadia Polikarpova (University of California at San Diego, USA) We consider the problem of typedirected componentbased synthesis where, given a set of (typed) components and a query type, the goal is to synthesize a term that inhabits the query. Classical approaches based on proof search in intuitionistic logics do not scale up to the standard libraries of modern languages, which span hundreds or thousands of components. Recent graph reachability based methods proposed for Java do scale, but only apply to monomorphic data and components: polymorphic data and components infinitely explode the size of the graph that must be searched, rendering synthesis intractable. We introduce typeguided abstraction refinement (TYGAR), a new approach for scalable typedirected synthesis over polymorphic datatypes and components. Our key insight is that we can overcome the explosion by building a graph over abstract types which represent a potentially unbounded set of concrete types. We show how to use graph reachability to search for candidate terms over abstract types, and introduce a new algorithm that uses proofs of untypeability of illtyped candidates to iteratively refine the abstraction until a welltyped result is found. We have implemented TYGAR in H+, a tool that takes as input a set of Haskell libraries and a query type, and returns a Haskell term that uses functions from the provided libraries to implement the query type. Our support for polymorphism allows H+ to work with higherorder functions and type classes, and enables more precise queries due to parametricity. We have evaluated H+ on 44 queries using a set of popular Haskell libraries with a total of 291 components. H+ returns an interesting solution within the first five results for 32 out of 44 queries. Our results show that TYGAR allows H+ to rapidly return welltyped terms, with the median time to first solution of just 1.4 seconds. Moreover, we observe that gains from iterative refinement over exhaustive enumeration are more pronounced on harder queries. @Article{POPL20p12, author = {Zheng Guo and Michael James and David Justo and Jiaxiao Zhou and Ziteng Wang and Ranjit Jhala and Nadia Polikarpova}, title = {Program Synthesis by TypeGuided Abstraction Refinement}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {12}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371080}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Jamner, Dustin 
POPL '20: "Graduality and Parametricity: ..."
Graduality and Parametricity: Together Again for the First Time
Max S. New, Dustin Jamner, and Amal Ahmed (Northeastern University, USA) Parametric polymorphism and gradual typing have proven to be a difficult combination, with no language yet produced that satisfies the fundamental theorems of each: parametricity and graduality. Notably, Toro, Labrada, and Tanter (POPL 2019) conjecture that for any gradual extension of System F that uses dynamic type generation, graduality and parametricity are ``simply incompatible''. However, we argue that it is not graduality and parametricity that are incompatible per se, but instead that combining the syntax of System F with dynamic type generation as in previous work necessitates typedirected computation, which we show has been a common source of graduality and parametricity violations in previous work. We then show that by modifying the syntax of universal and existential types to make the type name generation explicit, we remove the need for typedirected computation, and get a language that satisfies both graduality and parametricity theorems. The language has a simple runtime semantics, which can be explained by translation to a statically typed language where the dynamic type is interpreted as a dynamically extensible sum type. Far from being in conflict, we show that the parametricity theorem follows as a direct corollary of a relational interpretation of the graduality property. @Article{POPL20p46, author = {Max S. New and Dustin Jamner and Amal Ahmed}, title = {Graduality and Parametricity: Together Again for the First Time}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {46}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371114}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Jhala, Ranjit 
POPL '20: "Program Synthesis by TypeGuided ..."
Program Synthesis by TypeGuided Abstraction Refinement
Zheng Guo, Michael James, David Justo, Jiaxiao Zhou, Ziteng Wang, Ranjit Jhala, and Nadia Polikarpova (University of California at San Diego, USA) We consider the problem of typedirected componentbased synthesis where, given a set of (typed) components and a query type, the goal is to synthesize a term that inhabits the query. Classical approaches based on proof search in intuitionistic logics do not scale up to the standard libraries of modern languages, which span hundreds or thousands of components. Recent graph reachability based methods proposed for Java do scale, but only apply to monomorphic data and components: polymorphic data and components infinitely explode the size of the graph that must be searched, rendering synthesis intractable. We introduce typeguided abstraction refinement (TYGAR), a new approach for scalable typedirected synthesis over polymorphic datatypes and components. Our key insight is that we can overcome the explosion by building a graph over abstract types which represent a potentially unbounded set of concrete types. We show how to use graph reachability to search for candidate terms over abstract types, and introduce a new algorithm that uses proofs of untypeability of illtyped candidates to iteratively refine the abstraction until a welltyped result is found. We have implemented TYGAR in H+, a tool that takes as input a set of Haskell libraries and a query type, and returns a Haskell term that uses functions from the provided libraries to implement the query type. Our support for polymorphism allows H+ to work with higherorder functions and type classes, and enables more precise queries due to parametricity. We have evaluated H+ on 44 queries using a set of popular Haskell libraries with a total of 291 components. H+ returns an interesting solution within the first five results for 32 out of 44 queries. Our results show that TYGAR allows H+ to rapidly return welltyped terms, with the median time to first solution of just 1.4 seconds. Moreover, we observe that gains from iterative refinement over exhaustive enumeration are more pronounced on harder queries. @Article{POPL20p12, author = {Zheng Guo and Michael James and David Justo and Jiaxiao Zhou and Ziteng Wang and Ranjit Jhala and Nadia Polikarpova}, title = {Program Synthesis by TypeGuided Abstraction Refinement}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {12}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371080}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Jones, Mark P. 
POPL '20: "Partial Type Constructors: ..."
Partial Type Constructors: Or, Making Ad Hoc Datatypes Less Ad Hoc
Mark P. Jones, J. Garrett Morris, and Richard A. Eisenberg (Portland State University, USA; University of Kansas, USA; Bryn Mawr College, USA; Tweag I/O, UK) Functional programming languages assume that type constructors are total. Yet functional programmers know better: counterexamples range from container types that make limiting assumptions about their contents (e.g., requiring computable equality or ordering functions) to type families with defining equations only over certain choices of arguments. We present a language design and formal theory of partial type constructors, capturing the domains of type constructors using qualified types. Our design is both simple and expressive: we support partial datatypes as firstclass citizens (including as instances of parametric abstractions, such as the Haskell Functor and Monad classes), and show a simple type elaboration algorithm that avoids placing undue annotation burden on programmers. We show that our type system rejects illdefined types and can be compiled to a semantic model based on System F. Finally, we have conducted an experimental analysis of a body of Haskell code, using a proofofconcept implementation of our system; while there are cases where our system requires additional annotations, these cases are rarely encountered in practical Haskell code. @Article{POPL20p40, author = {Mark P. Jones and J. Garrett Morris and Richard A. Eisenberg}, title = {Partial Type Constructors: Or, Making Ad Hoc Datatypes Less Ad Hoc}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {40}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371108}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Jourdan, JacquesHenri 
POPL '20: "Spy Game: Verifying a Local ..."
Spy Game: Verifying a Local Generic Solver in Iris
Paulo Emílio de Vilhena, François Pottier, and JacquesHenri Jourdan (Inria, France; CNRS, France; LRI, France; University of ParisSaclay, France) We verify the partial correctness of a "local generic solver", that is, an ondemand, incremental, memoizing least fixed point computation algorithm. The verification is carried out in Iris, a modern breed of concurrent separation logic. The specification is simple: the solver computes the optimal least fixed point of a system of monotone equations. Although the solver relies on mutable internal state for memoization and for "spying", a form of dynamic dependency discovery, it is apparently pure: no side effects are mentioned in its specification. As auxiliary contributions, we provide several illustrations of the use of prophecy variables, a novel feature of Iris; we establish a restricted form of the infinitary conjunction rule; and we provide a specification and proof of Longley's modulus function, an archetypical example of spying. @Article{POPL20p33, author = {Paulo Emílio de Vilhena and François Pottier and JacquesHenri Jourdan}, title = {Spy Game: Verifying a Local Generic Solver in Iris}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {33}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371101}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info POPL '20: "RustBelt Meets Relaxed Memory ..." RustBelt Meets Relaxed Memory HoangHai Dang, JacquesHenri Jourdan, JanOliver Kaiser, and Derek Dreyer (MPISWS, Germany; LRI, France; CNRS, France; University of ParisSaclay, France) The Rust programming language supports safe systems programming by means of a strong ownershiptracking type system. In their prior work on RustBelt, Jung et al. began the task of setting Rust’s safety claims on a more rigorous formal foundation. Specifically, they used Iris, a Coqbased separation logic framework, to build a machinechecked proof of semantic soundness for a λcalculus model of Rust, as well as for a number of widelyused Rust libraries that internally employ unsafe language features. However, they also made the significant simplifying assumption that the language is sequentially consistent. In this paper, we adapt RustBelt to account for the relaxedmemory operations that concurrent Rust libraries actually use, in the process uncovering a data race in the Arc library. We focus on the most interesting technical problem: how to reason about resource reclamation under relaxed memory, using a logical construction we call synchronized ghost state. @Article{POPL20p34, author = {HoangHai Dang and JacquesHenri Jourdan and JanOliver Kaiser and Derek Dreyer}, title = {RustBelt Meets Relaxed Memory}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {34}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371102}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Jung, Ralf 
POPL '20: "The Future is Ours: Prophecy ..."
The Future is Ours: Prophecy Variables in Separation Logic
Ralf Jung, Rodolphe Lepigre, Gaurav Parthasarathy, Marianna Rapoport, Amin Timany, Derek Dreyer, and Bart Jacobs (MPISWS, Germany; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; University of Waterloo, Canada; KU Leuven, Belgium) Early in the development of Hoare logic, Owicki and Gries introduced auxiliary variables as a way of encoding information about the history of a program’s execution that is useful for verifying its correctness. Over a decade later, Abadi and Lamport observed that it is sometimes also necessary to know in advance what a program will do in the future. To address this need, they proposed prophecy variables, originally as a proof technique for refinement mappings between state machines. However, despite the fact that prophecy variables are a clearly useful reasoning mechanism, there is (surprisingly) almost no work that attempts to integrate them into Hoare logic. In this paper, we present the first account of prophecy variables in a Hoarestyle program logic that is flexible enough to verify logical atomicity (a relative of linearizability) for classic examples from the concurrency literature like RDCSS and the HerlihyWing queue. Our account is formalized in the Iris framework for separation logic in Coq. It makes essential use of ownership to encode the exclusive right to resolve a prophecy, which in turn enables us to enforce soundness of prophecies with a very simple set of proof rules. @Article{POPL20p45, author = {Ralf Jung and Rodolphe Lepigre and Gaurav Parthasarathy and Marianna Rapoport and Amin Timany and Derek Dreyer and Bart Jacobs}, title = {The Future is Ours: Prophecy Variables in Separation Logic}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {45}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371113}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable POPL '20: "Stacked Borrows: An Aliasing ..." Stacked Borrows: An Aliasing Model for Rust Ralf Jung, HoangHai Dang, Jeehoon Kang, and Derek Dreyer (MPISWS, Germany; Mozilla, USA; KAIST, South Korea) Type systems are useful not just for the safety guarantees they provide, but also for helping compilers generate more efficient code by simplifying important program analyses. In Rust, the type system imposes a strict discipline on pointer aliasing, and it is an express goal of the Rust compiler developers to make use of that alias information for the purpose of program optimizations that reorder memory accesses. The problem is that Rust also supports unsafe code, and programmers can write unsafe code that bypasses the usual compiler checks to violate the aliasing discipline. To strike a balance between optimizations and unsafe code, the language needs to provide a set of rules such that unsafe code authors can be sure, if they are following these rules, that the compiler will preserve the semantics of their code despite all the optimizations it is doing. In this work, we propose Stacked Borrows, an operational semantics for memory accesses in Rust. Stacked Borrows defines an aliasing discipline and declares programs violating it to have undefined behavior, meaning the compiler does not have to consider such programs when performing optimizations. We give formal proofs (mechanized in Coq) showing that this rules out enough programs to enable optimizations that reorder memory accesses around unknown code and function calls, based solely on intraprocedural reasoning. We also implemented this operational model in an interpreter for Rust and ran large parts of the Rust standard library test suite in the interpreter to validate that the model permits enough realworld unsafe Rust code. @Article{POPL20p41, author = {Ralf Jung and HoangHai Dang and Jeehoon Kang and Derek Dreyer}, title = {Stacked Borrows: An Aliasing Model for Rust}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {41}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371109}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Justo, David 
POPL '20: "Program Synthesis by TypeGuided ..."
Program Synthesis by TypeGuided Abstraction Refinement
Zheng Guo, Michael James, David Justo, Jiaxiao Zhou, Ziteng Wang, Ranjit Jhala, and Nadia Polikarpova (University of California at San Diego, USA) We consider the problem of typedirected componentbased synthesis where, given a set of (typed) components and a query type, the goal is to synthesize a term that inhabits the query. Classical approaches based on proof search in intuitionistic logics do not scale up to the standard libraries of modern languages, which span hundreds or thousands of components. Recent graph reachability based methods proposed for Java do scale, but only apply to monomorphic data and components: polymorphic data and components infinitely explode the size of the graph that must be searched, rendering synthesis intractable. We introduce typeguided abstraction refinement (TYGAR), a new approach for scalable typedirected synthesis over polymorphic datatypes and components. Our key insight is that we can overcome the explosion by building a graph over abstract types which represent a potentially unbounded set of concrete types. We show how to use graph reachability to search for candidate terms over abstract types, and introduce a new algorithm that uses proofs of untypeability of illtyped candidates to iteratively refine the abstraction until a welltyped result is found. We have implemented TYGAR in H+, a tool that takes as input a set of Haskell libraries and a query type, and returns a Haskell term that uses functions from the provided libraries to implement the query type. Our support for polymorphism allows H+ to work with higherorder functions and type classes, and enables more precise queries due to parametricity. We have evaluated H+ on 44 queries using a set of popular Haskell libraries with a total of 291 components. H+ returns an interesting solution within the first five results for 32 out of 44 queries. Our results show that TYGAR allows H+ to rapidly return welltyped terms, with the median time to first solution of just 1.4 seconds. Moreover, we observe that gains from iterative refinement over exhaustive enumeration are more pronounced on harder queries. @Article{POPL20p12, author = {Zheng Guo and Michael James and David Justo and Jiaxiao Zhou and Ziteng Wang and Ranjit Jhala and Nadia Polikarpova}, title = {Program Synthesis by TypeGuided Abstraction Refinement}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {12}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371080}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Kaiser, JanOliver 
POPL '20: "RustBelt Meets Relaxed Memory ..."
RustBelt Meets Relaxed Memory
HoangHai Dang, JacquesHenri Jourdan, JanOliver Kaiser, and Derek Dreyer (MPISWS, Germany; LRI, France; CNRS, France; University of ParisSaclay, France) The Rust programming language supports safe systems programming by means of a strong ownershiptracking type system. In their prior work on RustBelt, Jung et al. began the task of setting Rust’s safety claims on a more rigorous formal foundation. Specifically, they used Iris, a Coqbased separation logic framework, to build a machinechecked proof of semantic soundness for a λcalculus model of Rust, as well as for a number of widelyused Rust libraries that internally employ unsafe language features. However, they also made the significant simplifying assumption that the language is sequentially consistent. In this paper, we adapt RustBelt to account for the relaxedmemory operations that concurrent Rust libraries actually use, in the process uncovering a data race in the Arc library. We focus on the most interesting technical problem: how to reason about resource reclamation under relaxed memory, using a logical construction we call synchronized ghost state. @Article{POPL20p34, author = {HoangHai Dang and JacquesHenri Jourdan and JanOliver Kaiser and Derek Dreyer}, title = {RustBelt Meets Relaxed Memory}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {34}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371102}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Kaminski, Benjamin Lucien 
POPL '20: "Aiming Low Is Harder: Induction ..."
Aiming Low Is Harder: Induction for Lower Bounds in Probabilistic Program Verification
Marcel Hark, Benjamin Lucien Kaminski, Jürgen Giesl, and JoostPieter Katoen (RWTH Aachen University, Germany) We present a new inductive rule for verifying lower bounds on expected values of random variables after execution of probabilistic loops as well as on their expected runtimes. Our rule is simple in the sense that loop body semantics need to be applied only finitely often in order to verify that the candidates are indeed lower bounds. In particular, it is not necessary to find the limit of a sequence as in many previous rules. @Article{POPL20p37, author = {Marcel Hark and Benjamin Lucien Kaminski and Jürgen Giesl and JoostPieter Katoen}, title = {Aiming Low Is Harder: Induction for Lower Bounds in Probabilistic Program Verification}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {37}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371105}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Kang, Jeehoon 
POPL '20: "Stacked Borrows: An Aliasing ..."
Stacked Borrows: An Aliasing Model for Rust
Ralf Jung, HoangHai Dang, Jeehoon Kang, and Derek Dreyer (MPISWS, Germany; Mozilla, USA; KAIST, South Korea) Type systems are useful not just for the safety guarantees they provide, but also for helping compilers generate more efficient code by simplifying important program analyses. In Rust, the type system imposes a strict discipline on pointer aliasing, and it is an express goal of the Rust compiler developers to make use of that alias information for the purpose of program optimizations that reorder memory accesses. The problem is that Rust also supports unsafe code, and programmers can write unsafe code that bypasses the usual compiler checks to violate the aliasing discipline. To strike a balance between optimizations and unsafe code, the language needs to provide a set of rules such that unsafe code authors can be sure, if they are following these rules, that the compiler will preserve the semantics of their code despite all the optimizations it is doing. In this work, we propose Stacked Borrows, an operational semantics for memory accesses in Rust. Stacked Borrows defines an aliasing discipline and declares programs violating it to have undefined behavior, meaning the compiler does not have to consider such programs when performing optimizations. We give formal proofs (mechanized in Coq) showing that this rules out enough programs to enable optimizations that reorder memory accesses around unknown code and function calls, based solely on intraprocedural reasoning. We also implemented this operational model in an interpreter for Rust and ran large parts of the Rust standard library test suite in the interpreter to validate that the model permits enough realworld unsafe Rust code. @Article{POPL20p41, author = {Ralf Jung and HoangHai Dang and Jeehoon Kang and Derek Dreyer}, title = {Stacked Borrows: An Aliasing Model for Rust}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {41}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371109}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable POPL '20: "CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly ..." CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly Linking and Lightweight Modular Verification Youngju Song, Minki Cho, Dongjoo Kim, Yonghyun Kim, Jeehoon Kang, and ChungKil Hur (Seoul National University, South Korea; KAIST, South Korea) Supporting multilanguage linking such as linking C and handwritten assembly modules in the verified compiler CompCert requires a more compositional verification technique than that used in CompCert just supporting separate compilation. The two extensions, CompCertX and Compositional CompCert, supporting multilanguage linking take different approaches. The former simplifies the problem by imposing restrictions that the source modules should have no mutual dependence and be verified against certain wellbehaved specifications. On the other hand, the latter develops a new verification technique that directly solves the problem but at the expense of significantly increasing the verification cost. In this paper, we develop a novel lightweight verification technique, called RUSC (Refinement Under Selfrelated Contexts), and demonstrate how RUSC can solve the problem without any restrictions but still with low verification overhead. For this, we develop CompCertM, a full extension of the latest version of CompCert supporting multilanguage linking. Moreover, we demonstrate the power of RUSC as a program verification technique by modularly verifying interesting programs consisting of C and handwritten assembly against their mathematical specifications. @Article{POPL20p23, author = {Youngju Song and Minki Cho and Dongjoo Kim and Yonghyun Kim and Jeehoon Kang and ChungKil Hur}, title = {CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly Linking and Lightweight Modular Verification}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {23}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371091}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Kappé, Tobias 
POPL '20: "Guarded Kleene Algebra with ..."
Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests: Verification of Uninterpreted Programs in Nearly Linear Time
Steffen Smolka, Nate Foster, Justin Hsu, Tobias Kappé, Dexter Kozen, and Alexandra Silva (Cornell University, USA; University of WisconsinMadison, USA; University College London, UK) Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests (GKAT) is a variation on Kleene Algebra with Tests (KAT) that arises by restricting the union (+) and iteration (*) operations from KAT to predicateguarded versions. We develop the (co)algebraic theory of GKAT and show how it can be efficiently used to reason about imperative programs. In contrast to KAT, whose equational theory is PSPACEcomplete, we show that the equational theory of GKAT is (almost) linear time. We also provide a full Kleene theorem and prove completeness for an analogue of Salomaa’s axiomatization of Kleene Algebra. @Article{POPL20p61, author = {Steffen Smolka and Nate Foster and Justin Hsu and Tobias Kappé and Dexter Kozen and Alexandra Silva}, title = {Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests: Verification of Uninterpreted Programs in Nearly Linear Time}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {61}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371129}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Katoen, JoostPieter 
POPL '20: "Aiming Low Is Harder: Induction ..."
Aiming Low Is Harder: Induction for Lower Bounds in Probabilistic Program Verification
Marcel Hark, Benjamin Lucien Kaminski, Jürgen Giesl, and JoostPieter Katoen (RWTH Aachen University, Germany) We present a new inductive rule for verifying lower bounds on expected values of random variables after execution of probabilistic loops as well as on their expected runtimes. Our rule is simple in the sense that loop body semantics need to be applied only finitely often in order to verify that the candidates are indeed lower bounds. In particular, it is not necessary to find the limit of a sequence as in many previous rules. @Article{POPL20p37, author = {Marcel Hark and Benjamin Lucien Kaminski and Jürgen Giesl and JoostPieter Katoen}, title = {Aiming Low Is Harder: Induction for Lower Bounds in Probabilistic Program Verification}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {37}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371105}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Kavvos, G. A. 
POPL '20: "Recurrence Extraction for ..."
Recurrence Extraction for Functional Programs through CallbyPushValue
G. A. Kavvos, Edward Morehouse, Daniel R. Licata, and Norman Danner (Wesleyan University, USA) The main way of analysing the complexity of a program is that of extracting and solving a recurrence that expresses its running time in terms of the size of its input. We develop a method that automatically extracts such recurrences from the syntax of higherorder recursive functional programs. The resulting recurrences, which are programs in a callbyname language with recursion, explicitly compute the running time in terms of the size of the input. In order to achieve this in a uniform way that covers both callbyname and callbyvalue evaluation strategies, we use CallbyPushValue (CBPV) as an intermediate language. Finally, we use domain theory to develop a denotational cost semantics for the resulting recurrences. @Article{POPL20p15, author = {G. A. Kavvos and Edward Morehouse and Daniel R. Licata and Norman Danner}, title = {Recurrence Extraction for Functional Programs through CallbyPushValue}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {15}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371083}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Kim, Deokhwan 
POPL '20: "Synthesizing Replacement Classes ..."
Synthesizing Replacement Classes
Malavika Samak, Deokhwan Kim, and Martin C. Rinard (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) We present a new technique for automatically synthesizing replacement classes. The technique starts with an original class O and a potential replacement class R, then uses R to synthesize a new class that implements the same interface and provides the same functionality as O. Critically, our technique works with a synthe sized interclass equivalence predicate between the states of O and R. It uses this predicate to ensure that original and synthesized methods leave corresponding O and R objects in equivalent states. The predicate therefore enables the technique to synthesize individual replacement methods in isolation while still obtain ing a replacement class that leaves the original and replacement objects in equivalent states after arbitrarily long method invocation sequences. We have implemented the technique as part of a tool, named Mask, and evaluated it using opensource Java classes. The results highlight the effectiveness of Mask in synthesizing replacement classes. @Article{POPL20p52, author = {Malavika Samak and Deokhwan Kim and Martin C. Rinard}, title = {Synthesizing Replacement Classes}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {52}, numpages = {33}, doi = {10.1145/3371120}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Kim, Dongjoo 
POPL '20: "CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly ..."
CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly Linking and Lightweight Modular Verification
Youngju Song, Minki Cho, Dongjoo Kim, Yonghyun Kim, Jeehoon Kang, and ChungKil Hur (Seoul National University, South Korea; KAIST, South Korea) Supporting multilanguage linking such as linking C and handwritten assembly modules in the verified compiler CompCert requires a more compositional verification technique than that used in CompCert just supporting separate compilation. The two extensions, CompCertX and Compositional CompCert, supporting multilanguage linking take different approaches. The former simplifies the problem by imposing restrictions that the source modules should have no mutual dependence and be verified against certain wellbehaved specifications. On the other hand, the latter develops a new verification technique that directly solves the problem but at the expense of significantly increasing the verification cost. In this paper, we develop a novel lightweight verification technique, called RUSC (Refinement Under Selfrelated Contexts), and demonstrate how RUSC can solve the problem without any restrictions but still with low verification overhead. For this, we develop CompCertM, a full extension of the latest version of CompCert supporting multilanguage linking. Moreover, we demonstrate the power of RUSC as a program verification technique by modularly verifying interesting programs consisting of C and handwritten assembly against their mathematical specifications. @Article{POPL20p23, author = {Youngju Song and Minki Cho and Dongjoo Kim and Yonghyun Kim and Jeehoon Kang and ChungKil Hur}, title = {CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly Linking and Lightweight Modular Verification}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {23}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371091}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Kim, JungEun 
POPL '20: "Virtual Timeline: A Formal ..."
Virtual Timeline: A Formal Abstraction for Verifying Preemptive Schedulers with Temporal Isolation
Mengqi Liu, Lionel Rieg, Zhong Shao, Ronghui Gu, David Costanzo, JungEun Kim, and ManKi Yoon (Yale University, USA; Grenoble Alps University, France; CNRS, France; Grenoble INP, France; VERIMAG, France; Columbia University, USA) The reliability and security of safetycritical realtime systems are of utmost importance because the failure of these systems could incur severe consequences (e.g., loss of lives or failure of a mission). Such properties require strong isolation between components and they rely on enforcement mechanisms provided by the underlying operating system (OS) kernel. In addition to spatial isolation which is commonly provided by OS kernels to various extents, it also requires temporal isolation, that is, properties on the schedule of one component (e.g., schedulability) are independent of behaviors of other components. The strict isolation between components relies critically on algorithmic properties of the concrete implementation of the scheduler, such as timely provision of time slots, obliviousness to preemption, etc. However, existing work either only reasons about an abstract model of the scheduler, or proves properties of the scheduler implementation that are not rich enough to establish the isolation between different components. In this paper, we present a novel compositional framework for reasoning about algorithmic properties of the concrete implementation of preemptive schedulers. In particular, we use virtual timeline, a variant of the supply bound function used in realtime scheduling analysis, to specify and reason about the scheduling of each component in isolation. We show that the properties proved on this abstraction carry down to the generated assembly code of the OS kernel. Using this framework, we successfully verify a realtime OS kernel, which extends mCertiKOS, a singleprocessor nonpreemptive kernel, with userlevel preemption, a verified timer interrupt handler, and a verified realtime scheduler. We prove that in the absence of microarchitecturallevel timing channels, this new kernel enjoys temporal and spatial isolation on top of the functional correctness guarantee. All the proofs are implemented in the Coq proof assistant. @Article{POPL20p20, author = {Mengqi Liu and Lionel Rieg and Zhong Shao and Ronghui Gu and David Costanzo and JungEun Kim and ManKi Yoon}, title = {Virtual Timeline: A Formal Abstraction for Verifying Preemptive Schedulers with Temporal Isolation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {20}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371088}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Functional 

Kim, Sung Kook 
POPL '20: "Deterministic Parallel Fixpoint ..."
Deterministic Parallel Fixpoint Computation
Sung Kook Kim, Arnaud J. Venet, and Aditya V. Thakur (University of California at Davis, USA; Facebook, USA) Abstract interpretation is a general framework for expressing static program analyses. It reduces the problem of extracting properties of a program to computing an approximation of the least fixpoint of a system of equations. The de facto approach for computing this approximation uses a sequential algorithm based on weak topological order (WTO). This paper presents a deterministic parallel algorithm for fixpoint computation by introducing the notion of weak partial order (WPO). We present an algorithm for constructing a WPO in almostlinear time. Finally, we describe Pikos, our deterministic parallel abstract interpreter, which extends the sequential abstract interpreter IKOS. We evaluate the performance and scalability of Pikos on a suite of 1017 C programs. When using 4 cores, Pikos achieves an average speedup of 2.06x over IKOS, with a maximum speedup of 3.63x. When using 16 cores, Pikos achieves a maximum speedup of 10.97x. @Article{POPL20p14, author = {Sung Kook Kim and Arnaud J. Venet and Aditya V. Thakur}, title = {Deterministic Parallel Fixpoint Computation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {14}, numpages = {33}, doi = {10.1145/3371082}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Kim, Yonghyun 
POPL '20: "CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly ..."
CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly Linking and Lightweight Modular Verification
Youngju Song, Minki Cho, Dongjoo Kim, Yonghyun Kim, Jeehoon Kang, and ChungKil Hur (Seoul National University, South Korea; KAIST, South Korea) Supporting multilanguage linking such as linking C and handwritten assembly modules in the verified compiler CompCert requires a more compositional verification technique than that used in CompCert just supporting separate compilation. The two extensions, CompCertX and Compositional CompCert, supporting multilanguage linking take different approaches. The former simplifies the problem by imposing restrictions that the source modules should have no mutual dependence and be verified against certain wellbehaved specifications. On the other hand, the latter develops a new verification technique that directly solves the problem but at the expense of significantly increasing the verification cost. In this paper, we develop a novel lightweight verification technique, called RUSC (Refinement Under Selfrelated Contexts), and demonstrate how RUSC can solve the problem without any restrictions but still with low verification overhead. For this, we develop CompCertM, a full extension of the latest version of CompCert supporting multilanguage linking. Moreover, we demonstrate the power of RUSC as a program verification technique by modularly verifying interesting programs consisting of C and handwritten assembly against their mathematical specifications. @Article{POPL20p23, author = {Youngju Song and Minki Cho and Dongjoo Kim and Yonghyun Kim and Jeehoon Kang and ChungKil Hur}, title = {CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly Linking and Lightweight Modular Verification}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {23}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371091}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

King, Alexis 
POPL '20: "Does Blame Shifting Work? ..."
Does Blame Shifting Work?
Lukas Lazarek, Alexis King, Samanvitha Sundar, Robert Bruce Findler, and Christos Dimoulas (Northwestern University, USA) Contract systems, especially of the higherorder flavor, go hand in hand with blame. The pragmatic purpose of blame is to narrow down the code that a programmer needs to examine to locate the bug when the contract system discovers a contract violation. Or so the literature on higherorder contracts claims. In reality, however, there is neither empirical nor theoretical evidence that connects blame with the location of bugs. The reputation of blame as a tool for weeding out bugs rests on anecdotes about how programmers use contracts to shift blame and their attention from one part of a program to another until they discover the source of the problem. This paper aims to fill the apparent gap and shed light to the relation between blame and bugs. To that end, we introduce an empirical methodology for investigating whether, for a given contract system, it is possible to translate blame information to the location of bugs in a systematic manner. Our methodology is inspired by how programmers attempt to increase the precision of the contracts of a blamed component in order to shift blame to another component, which becomes the next candidate for containing the bug. In particular, we construct a framework that enables us to ask for a contract system whether (i) the process of blame shifting causes blame to eventually settle to the component that contains the bug; and (ii) every shift moves blame ``closer'' to the faulty component. Our methodology offers a rigorous means for evaluating the pragmatics of contract systems, and we employ it to analyze Racket's contract system. Along the way, we uncover subtle points about the pragmatic meaning of contracts and blame in Racket: (i) the expressiveness of Racket's offtheshelf contract language is not sufficient to narrow down the blamed portion of the code to the faulty component in all cases; and (ii) contracts that trigger state changes (even unexpectedly, perhaps in the runtime system's data structures or caches) interfere with program evaluation in subtle ways and thus blame shifting can lead programmers on a detour when searching for a bug. These points highlight how evaluations such as ours suggest fixes to language design. @Article{POPL20p65, author = {Lukas Lazarek and Alexis King and Samanvitha Sundar and Robert Bruce Findler and Christos Dimoulas}, title = {Does Blame Shifting Work?}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {65}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371133}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Kozen, Dexter 
POPL '20: "Semantics of HigherOrder ..."
Semantics of HigherOrder Probabilistic Programs with Conditioning
Fredrik Dahlqvist and Dexter Kozen (University College London, UK; Imperial College London, UK; Cornell University, USA) We present a denotational semantics for higherorder probabilistic programs in terms of linear operators between Banach spaces. Our semantics is rooted in the classical theory of Banach spaces and their tensor products, but bears similarities with the wellknown semantics of higherorder programs a la Scott through the use of ordered Banach spaces which allow definitions in terms of fixed points. Our semantics is a model of intuitionistic linear logic: it is based on a symmetric monoidal closed category of ordered Banach spaces which treats randomness as a linear resource, but by constructing an exponential comonad we can also accommodate nonlinear reasoning. We apply our semantics to the verification of the classical Gibbs sampling algorithm. @Article{POPL20p57, author = {Fredrik Dahlqvist and Dexter Kozen}, title = {Semantics of HigherOrder Probabilistic Programs with Conditioning}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {57}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371125}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search POPL '20: "Guarded Kleene Algebra with ..." Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests: Verification of Uninterpreted Programs in Nearly Linear Time Steffen Smolka, Nate Foster, Justin Hsu, Tobias Kappé, Dexter Kozen, and Alexandra Silva (Cornell University, USA; University of WisconsinMadison, USA; University College London, UK) Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests (GKAT) is a variation on Kleene Algebra with Tests (KAT) that arises by restricting the union (+) and iteration (*) operations from KAT to predicateguarded versions. We develop the (co)algebraic theory of GKAT and show how it can be efficiently used to reason about imperative programs. In contrast to KAT, whose equational theory is PSPACEcomplete, we show that the equational theory of GKAT is (almost) linear time. We also provide a full Kleene theorem and prove completeness for an analogue of Salomaa’s axiomatization of Kleene Algebra. @Article{POPL20p61, author = {Steffen Smolka and Nate Foster and Justin Hsu and Tobias Kappé and Dexter Kozen and Alexandra Silva}, title = {Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests: Verification of Uninterpreted Programs in Nearly Linear Time}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {61}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371129}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Krebbers, Robbert 
POPL '20: "Actris: SessionType Based ..."
Actris: SessionType Based Reasoning in Separation Logic
Jonas Kastberg Hinrichsen, Jesper Bengtson, and Robbert Krebbers (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Delft University of Technology, Netherlands) Message passing is a useful abstraction to implement concurrent programs. For realworld systems, however, it is often combined with other programming and concurrency paradigms, such as higherorder functions, mutable state, sharedmemory concurrency, and locks. We present Actris: a logic for proving functional correctness of programs that use a combination of the aforementioned features. Actris combines the power of modern concurrent separation logics with a firstclass protocol mechanism—based on session types—for reasoning about message passing in the presence of other concurrency paradigms. We show that Actris provides a suitable level of abstraction by proving functional correctness of a variety of examples, including a distributed merge sort, a distributed loadbalancing mapper, and a variant of the mapreduce model, using relatively simple specifications. Soundness of Actris is proved using a model of its protocol mechanism in the Iris framework. We mechanised the theory of Actris, together with tactics for symbolic execution of programs, as well as all examples in the paper, in the Coq proof assistant. @Article{POPL20p6, author = {Jonas Kastberg Hinrichsen and Jesper Bengtson and Robbert Krebbers}, title = {Actris: SessionType Based Reasoning in Separation Logic}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {6}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371074}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Krishnaswami, Neel 
POPL '20: "Seminaïve Evaluation for ..."
Seminaïve Evaluation for a HigherOrder Functional Language
Michael Arntzenius and Neel Krishnaswami (University of Birmingham, UK; University of Cambridge, UK) One of the workhorse techniques for implementing bottomup Datalog engines is seminaïve evaluation. This optimization improves the performance of Datalog's most distinctive feature: recursively defined predicates. These are computed iteratively, and under a naïve evaluation strategy, each iteration recomputes all previous values. Seminaïve evaluation computes a safe approximation of the difference between iterations. This can asymptotically improve the performance of Datalog queries. Seminaïve evaluation is defined partly as a program transformation and partly as a modified iteration strategy, and takes advantage of the firstorder nature of Datalog code. This paper extends the seminaïve transformation to higherorder programs written in the Datafun language, which extends Datalog with features like firstclass relations, higherorder functions, and datatypes like sum types. @Article{POPL20p22, author = {Michael Arntzenius and Neel Krishnaswami}, title = {Seminaïve Evaluation for a HigherOrder Functional Language}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {22}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371090}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Krogmeier, Paul 
POPL '20: "Deciding Memory Safety for ..."
Deciding Memory Safety for SinglePass HeapManipulating Programs
Umang Mathur, Adithya Murali, Paul Krogmeier, P. Madhusudan, and Mahesh Viswanathan (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, USA) We investigate the decidability of automatic program verification for programs that manipulate heaps, and in particular, decision procedures for proving memory safety for them. We extend recent work that identified a decidable subclass of uninterpreted programs to a class of aliasaware programs that can update maps. We apply this theory to develop verification algorithms for memory safety— determining if a heapmanipulating program that allocates and frees memory locations and manipulates heap pointers does not dereference an unallocated memory location. We show that this problem is decidable when the initial allocated heap forms a forest datastructure and when programs are streamingcoherent, which intuitively restricts programs to make a single pass over a datastructure. Our experimental evaluation on a set of library routines that manipulate forest datastructures shows that common singlepass algorithms on datastructures often fall in the decidable class, and that our decision procedure is efficient in verifying them. @Article{POPL20p35, author = {Umang Mathur and Adithya Murali and Paul Krogmeier and P. Madhusudan and Mahesh Viswanathan}, title = {Deciding Memory Safety for SinglePass HeapManipulating Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {35}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371103}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Kunze, Fabian 
POPL '20: "The Weak CallbyValue λCalculus ..."
The Weak CallbyValue λCalculus Is Reasonable for Both Time and Space
Yannick Forster, Fabian Kunze, and Marc Roth (Saarland University, Germany; M2CI, Germany; University of Oxford, UK) We study the weak callbyvalue λcalculus as a model for computational complexity theory and establish the natural measures for time and space — the number of betareduction steps and the size of the largest term in a computation — as reasonable measures with respect to the invariance thesis of Slot and van Emde Boas from 1984. More precisely, we show that, using those measures, Turing machines and the weak callbyvalue λcalculus can simulate each other within a polynomial overhead in time and a constant factor overhead in space for all computations terminating in (encodings of) ”true” or ”false”. The simulation yields that standard complexity classes like P, NP, PSPACE, or EXP can be defined solely in terms of the λcalculus, but does not cover sublinear time or space. Note that our measures still have the wellknown size explosion property, where the space measure of a computation can be exponentially bigger than its time measure. However, our result implies that this exponential gap disappears once complexity classes are considered instead of concrete computations. We consider this result a first step towards a solution for the longstanding open problem of whether the natural measures for time and space of the λcalculus are reasonable. Our proof for the weak callbyvalue λcalculus is the first proof of reasonability (including both time and space) for a functional language based on natural measures and enables the formal verification of complexitytheoretic proofs concerning complexity classes, both on paper and in proof assistants. The proof idea relies on a hybrid of two simulation strategies of reductions in the weak callbyvalue λcalculus by Turing machines, both of which are insufficient if taken alone. The first strategy is the most naive one in the sense that a reduction sequence is simulated precisely as given by the reduction rules; in particular, all substitutions are executed immediately. This simulation runs within a constant overhead in space, but the overhead in time might be exponential. The second strategy is heapbased and relies on structure sharing, similar to existing compilers of eager functional languages. This strategy only has a polynomial overhead in time, but the space consumption might require an additional factor of logn, which is essentially due to the size of the pointers required for this strategy. Our main contribution is the construction and verification of a spaceaware interleaving of the two strategies, which is shown to yield both a constant overhead in space and a polynomial overhead in time. @Article{POPL20p27, author = {Yannick Forster and Fabian Kunze and Marc Roth}, title = {The Weak CallbyValue λCalculus Is Reasonable for Both Time and Space}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {27}, numpages = {23}, doi = {10.1145/3371095}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Lafont, Ambroise 
POPL '20: "Reduction Monads and Their ..."
Reduction Monads and Their Signatures
Benedikt Ahrens, André Hirschowitz, Ambroise Lafont, and Marco Maggesi (University of Birmingham, UK; University of Côte d'Azur, France; IMT Atlantique, France; University of Florence, Italy) In this work, we study reduction monads, which are essentially the same as monads relative to the free functor from sets into multigraphs. Reduction monads account for two aspects of the lambda calculus: on the one hand, in the monadic viewpoint, the lambda calculus is an object equipped with a wellbehaved substitution; on the other hand, in the graphical viewpoint, it is an oriented multigraph whose vertices are terms and whose edges witness the reductions between two terms. We study presentations of reduction monads. To this end, we propose a notion of reduction signature. As usual, such a signature plays the role of a virtual presentation, and specifies arities for generating operations—possibly subject to equations—together with arities for generating reduction rules. For each such signature, we define a category of models; any model is, in particular, a reduction monad. If the initial object of this category of models exists, we call it the reduction monad presented (or specified) by the given reduction signature. Our main result identifies a class of reduction signatures which specify a reduction monad in the above sense. We show in the examples that our approach covers several standard variants of the lambda calculus. @Article{POPL20p31, author = {Benedikt Ahrens and André Hirschowitz and Ambroise Lafont and Marco Maggesi}, title = {Reduction Monads and Their Signatures}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {31}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371099}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Laporte, Vincent 
POPL '20: "Formal Verification of a ConstantTime ..."
Formal Verification of a ConstantTime Preserving C Compiler
Gilles Barthe, Sandrine Blazy, Benjamin Grégoire, Rémi Hutin, Vincent Laporte, David Pichardie, and Alix Trieu (MPI for Security and Privacy, Germany; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; University of Rennes, France; Inria, France; CNRS, France; IRISA, France; Aarhus University, Denmark) Timing sidechannels are arguably one of the main sources of vulnerabilities in cryptographic implementations. One effective mitigation against timing sidechannels is to write programs that do not perform secretdependent branches and memory accesses. This mitigation, known as "cryptographic constanttime", is adopted by several popular cryptographic libraries. This paper focuses on compilation of cryptographic constanttime programs, and more specifically on the following question: is the code generated by a realistic compiler for a constanttime source program itself provably constanttime? Surprisingly, we answer the question positively for a mildly modified version of the CompCert compiler, a formally verified and moderately optimizing compiler for C. Concretely, we modify the CompCert compiler to eliminate sources of potential leakage. Then, we instrument the operational semantics of CompCert intermediate languages so as to be able to capture cryptographic constanttime. Finally, we prove that the modified CompCert compiler preserves constanttime. Our mechanization maximizes reuse of the CompCert correctness proof, through the use of new proof techniques for proving preservation of constanttime. These techniques achieve complementary tradeoffs between generality and tractability of proof effort, and are of independent interest. @Article{POPL20p7, author = {Gilles Barthe and Sandrine Blazy and Benjamin Grégoire and Rémi Hutin and Vincent Laporte and David Pichardie and Alix Trieu}, title = {Formal Verification of a ConstantTime Preserving C Compiler}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {7}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371075}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Lazarek, Lukas 
POPL '20: "Does Blame Shifting Work? ..."
Does Blame Shifting Work?
Lukas Lazarek, Alexis King, Samanvitha Sundar, Robert Bruce Findler, and Christos Dimoulas (Northwestern University, USA) Contract systems, especially of the higherorder flavor, go hand in hand with blame. The pragmatic purpose of blame is to narrow down the code that a programmer needs to examine to locate the bug when the contract system discovers a contract violation. Or so the literature on higherorder contracts claims. In reality, however, there is neither empirical nor theoretical evidence that connects blame with the location of bugs. The reputation of blame as a tool for weeding out bugs rests on anecdotes about how programmers use contracts to shift blame and their attention from one part of a program to another until they discover the source of the problem. This paper aims to fill the apparent gap and shed light to the relation between blame and bugs. To that end, we introduce an empirical methodology for investigating whether, for a given contract system, it is possible to translate blame information to the location of bugs in a systematic manner. Our methodology is inspired by how programmers attempt to increase the precision of the contracts of a blamed component in order to shift blame to another component, which becomes the next candidate for containing the bug. In particular, we construct a framework that enables us to ask for a contract system whether (i) the process of blame shifting causes blame to eventually settle to the component that contains the bug; and (ii) every shift moves blame ``closer'' to the faulty component. Our methodology offers a rigorous means for evaluating the pragmatics of contract systems, and we employ it to analyze Racket's contract system. Along the way, we uncover subtle points about the pragmatic meaning of contracts and blame in Racket: (i) the expressiveness of Racket's offtheshelf contract language is not sufficient to narrow down the blamed portion of the code to the faulty component in all cases; and (ii) contracts that trigger state changes (even unexpectedly, perhaps in the runtime system's data structures or caches) interfere with program evaluation in subtle ways and thus blame shifting can lead programmers on a detour when searching for a bug. These points highlight how evaluations such as ours suggest fixes to language design. @Article{POPL20p65, author = {Lukas Lazarek and Alexis King and Samanvitha Sundar and Robert Bruce Findler and Christos Dimoulas}, title = {Does Blame Shifting Work?}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {65}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371133}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Lee, Wonyeol 
POPL '20: "Towards Verified Stochastic ..."
Towards Verified Stochastic Variational Inference for Probabilistic Programs
Wonyeol Lee, Hangyeol Yu, Xavier Rival, and Hongseok Yang (KAIST, South Korea; Inria, France; ENS, France; CNRS, France; PSL University, France) Probabilistic programming is the idea of writing models from statistics and machine learning using program notations and reasoning about these models using generic inference engines. Recently its combination with deep learning has been explored intensely, which led to the development of so called deep probabilistic programming languages, such as Pyro, Edward and ProbTorch. At the core of this development lie inference engines based on stochastic variational inference algorithms. When asked to find information about the posterior distribution of a model written in such a language, these algorithms convert this posteriorinference query into an optimisation problem and solve it approximately by a form of gradient ascent or descent. In this paper, we analyse one of the most fundamental and versatile variational inference algorithms, called score estimator or REINFORCE, using tools from denotational semantics and program analysis. We formally express what this algorithm does on models denoted by programs, and expose implicit assumptions made by the algorithm on the models. The violation of these assumptions may lead to an undefined optimisation objective or the loss of convergence guarantee of the optimisation process. We then describe rules for proving these assumptions, which can be automated by static program analyses. Some of our rules use nontrivial facts from continuous mathematics, and let us replace requirements about integrals in the assumptions, such as integrability of functions defined in terms of programs' denotations, by conditions involving differentiation or boundedness, which are much easier to prove automatically (and manually). Following our general methodology, we have developed a static program analysis for the Pyro programming language that aims at discharging the assumption about what we call modelguide support match. Our analysis is applied to the eight representative modelguide pairs from the Pyro webpage, which include sophisticated neural network models such as AIR. It finds a bug in one of these cases, reveals a nonstandard use of an inference engine in another, and shows that the assumptions are met in the remaining six cases. @Article{POPL20p16, author = {Wonyeol Lee and Hangyeol Yu and Xavier Rival and Hongseok Yang}, title = {Towards Verified Stochastic Variational Inference for Probabilistic Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {16}, numpages = {33}, doi = {10.1145/3371084}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Lepigre, Rodolphe 
POPL '20: "The Future is Ours: Prophecy ..."
The Future is Ours: Prophecy Variables in Separation Logic
Ralf Jung, Rodolphe Lepigre, Gaurav Parthasarathy, Marianna Rapoport, Amin Timany, Derek Dreyer, and Bart Jacobs (MPISWS, Germany; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; University of Waterloo, Canada; KU Leuven, Belgium) Early in the development of Hoare logic, Owicki and Gries introduced auxiliary variables as a way of encoding information about the history of a program’s execution that is useful for verifying its correctness. Over a decade later, Abadi and Lamport observed that it is sometimes also necessary to know in advance what a program will do in the future. To address this need, they proposed prophecy variables, originally as a proof technique for refinement mappings between state machines. However, despite the fact that prophecy variables are a clearly useful reasoning mechanism, there is (surprisingly) almost no work that attempts to integrate them into Hoare logic. In this paper, we present the first account of prophecy variables in a Hoarestyle program logic that is flexible enough to verify logical atomicity (a relative of linearizability) for classic examples from the concurrency literature like RDCSS and the HerlihyWing queue. Our account is formalized in the Iris framework for separation logic in Coq. It makes essential use of ownership to encode the exclusive right to resolve a prophecy, which in turn enables us to enforce soundness of prophecies with a very simple set of proof rules. @Article{POPL20p45, author = {Ralf Jung and Rodolphe Lepigre and Gaurav Parthasarathy and Marianna Rapoport and Amin Timany and Derek Dreyer and Bart Jacobs}, title = {The Future is Ours: Prophecy Variables in Separation Logic}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {45}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371113}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Lew, Alexander K. 
POPL '20: "Trace Types and Denotational ..."
Trace Types and Denotational Semantics for Sound Programmable Inference in Probabilistic Languages
Alexander K. Lew, Marco F. CusumanoTowner, Benjamin Sherman, Michael Carbin, and Vikash K. Mansinghka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) Modern probabilistic programming languages aim to formalize and automate key aspects of probabilistic modeling and inference. Many languages provide constructs for programmable inference that enable developers to improve inference speed and accuracy by tailoring an algorithm for use with a particular model or dataset. Unfortunately, it is easy to use these constructs to write unsound programs that appear to run correctly but produce incorrect results. To address this problem, we present a denotational semantics for programmable inference in higherorder probabilistic programming languages, along with a type system that ensures that welltyped inference programs are sound by construction. A central insight is that the type of a probabilistic expression can track the space of its possible execution traces, not just the type of value that it returns, as these traces are often the objects that inference algorithms manipulate. We use our semantics and type system to establish soundness properties of custom inference programs that use constructs for variational, sequential Monte Carlo, importance sampling, and Markov chain Monte Carlo inference. @Article{POPL20p19, author = {Alexander K. Lew and Marco F. CusumanoTowner and Benjamin Sherman and Michael Carbin and Vikash K. Mansinghka}, title = {Trace Types and Denotational Semantics for Sound Programmable Inference in Probabilistic Languages}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {19}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371087}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Lhoták, Ondřej 
POPL '20: "Undecidability of D_{<:} ..."
Undecidability of D_{<:} and Its Decidable Fragments
Jason Z. S. Hu and Ondřej Lhoták (McGill University, Canada; University of Waterloo, Canada) Dependent Object Types (DOT) is a calculus with path dependent types, intersection types, and object selfreferences, which serves as the core calculus of Scala 3. Although the calculus has been proven sound, it remains open whether type checking in DOT is decidable. In this paper, we establish undecidability proofs of type checking and subtyping of D_{<:}, a syntactic subset of DOT. It turns out that even for D_{<:}, undecidability is surprisingly difficult to show, as evidenced by counterexamples for past attempts. To prove undecidability, we discover an equivalent definition of the D_{<:} subtyping rules in normal form. Besides being easier to reason about, this definition makes the phenomenon of subtyping reflection explicit as a single inference rule. After removing this rule, we discover two decidable fragments of D_{<:} subtyping and identify algorithms to decide them. We prove soundness and completeness of the algorithms with respect to the fragments, and we prove that the algorithms terminate. Our proofs are mechanized in a combination of Coq and Agda. @Article{POPL20p9, author = {Jason Z. S. Hu and Ondřej Lhoták}, title = {Undecidability of <i>D<sub><:</sub></i> and Its Decidable Fragments}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {9}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371077}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Liao, Kevin 
POPL '20: "A Probabilistic Separation ..."
A Probabilistic Separation Logic
Gilles Barthe, Justin Hsu, and Kevin Liao (MPI for Security and Privacy, Germany; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; University of WisconsinMadison, USA; University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, USA) Probabilistic independence is a useful concept for describing the result of random sampling—a basic operation in all probabilistic languages—and for reasoning about groups of random variables. Nevertheless, existing verification methods handle independence poorly, if at all. We propose a probabili stic separation logic PSL, where separation models probabilistic independence. We first give a new, probabilistic model of the logic of bunched implications (BI). We then build a program logic based on these assertions, and prove soundness of the proof system. We demonstrate our logic by verifying informationtheoretic security of cryptographic constructions for several wellknown tasks, including private information retrieval, oblivious transfer, secure multiparty addition, and simple oblivious RAM. Our proofs reason purely in terms of highlevel properties, like independence and uniformity. @Article{POPL20p55, author = {Gilles Barthe and Justin Hsu and Kevin Liao}, title = {A Probabilistic Separation Logic}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {55}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371123}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Licata, Daniel R. 
POPL '20: "Recurrence Extraction for ..."
Recurrence Extraction for Functional Programs through CallbyPushValue
G. A. Kavvos, Edward Morehouse, Daniel R. Licata, and Norman Danner (Wesleyan University, USA) The main way of analysing the complexity of a program is that of extracting and solving a recurrence that expresses its running time in terms of the size of its input. We develop a method that automatically extracts such recurrences from the syntax of higherorder recursive functional programs. The resulting recurrences, which are programs in a callbyname language with recursion, explicitly compute the running time in terms of the size of the input. In order to achieve this in a uniform way that covers both callbyname and callbyvalue evaluation strategies, we use CallbyPushValue (CBPV) as an intermediate language. Finally, we use domain theory to develop a denotational cost semantics for the resulting recurrences. @Article{POPL20p15, author = {G. A. Kavvos and Edward Morehouse and Daniel R. Licata and Norman Danner}, title = {Recurrence Extraction for Functional Programs through CallbyPushValue}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {15}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371083}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Litak, Tadeusz 
POPL '20: "The HighLevel Benefits of ..."
The HighLevel Benefits of LowLevel Sandboxing
Michael Sammler, Deepak Garg, Derek Dreyer, and Tadeusz Litak (MPISWS, Germany; FriedrichAlexander University ErlangenNürnberg, Germany) Sandboxing is a common technique that allows lowlevel, untrusted components to safely interact with trusted code. However, previous work has only investigated the lowlevel memory isolation guarantees of sandboxing, leaving open the question of the endtoend guarantees that sandboxing affords programmers. In this paper, we fill this gap by showing that sandboxing enables reasoning about the known concept of robust safety, i.e., safety of the trusted code even in the presence of arbitrary untrusted code. To do this, we first present an idealized operational semantics for a language that combines trusted code with untrusted code. Sandboxing is built into our semantics. Then, we prove that safety properties of the trusted code (as enforced through a rich type system) are upheld in the presence of arbitrary untrusted code, so long as all interactions with untrusted code occur at the “any” type (a type inhabited by all values). Finally, to alleviate the burden of having to interact with untrusted code at only the “any” type, we formalize and prove safe several wrappers, which automatically convert values between the “any” type and much richer types. All our results are mechanized in the Coq proof assistant. @Article{POPL20p32, author = {Michael Sammler and Deepak Garg and Derek Dreyer and Tadeusz Litak}, title = {The HighLevel Benefits of LowLevel Sandboxing}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {32}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371100}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Liu, Chang 
POPL '20: "A Language for Probabilistically ..."
A Language for Probabilistically Oblivious Computation
David Darais, Ian Sweet, Chang Liu, and Michael Hicks (University of Vermont, USA; University of Maryland, USA; Citadel Securities, USA) An oblivious computation is one that is free of direct and indirect information leaks, e.g., due to observable differences in timing and memory access patterns. This paper presents Lambda Obliv, a core language whose type system enforces obliviousness. Prior work on typeenforced oblivious computation has focused on deterministic programs. Lambda Obliv is new in its consideration of programs that implement probabilistic algorithms, such as those involved in cryptography. Lambda Obliv employs a substructural type system and a novel notion of probability region to ensure that information is not leaked via the observed distribution of visible events. Probability regions support reasoning about probabilistic correlation and independence between values, and our use of probability regions is motivated by a source of unsoundness that we discovered in the type system of ObliVM, a language for implementing state of the art oblivious algorithms. We prove that Lambda Obliv's type system enforces obliviousness and show that it is expressive enough to typecheck advanced treebased oblivious RAMs. @Article{POPL20p50, author = {David Darais and Ian Sweet and Chang Liu and Michael Hicks}, title = {A Language for Probabilistically Oblivious Computation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {50}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371118}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Liu, Mengqi 
POPL '20: "Virtual Timeline: A Formal ..."
Virtual Timeline: A Formal Abstraction for Verifying Preemptive Schedulers with Temporal Isolation
Mengqi Liu, Lionel Rieg, Zhong Shao, Ronghui Gu, David Costanzo, JungEun Kim, and ManKi Yoon (Yale University, USA; Grenoble Alps University, France; CNRS, France; Grenoble INP, France; VERIMAG, France; Columbia University, USA) The reliability and security of safetycritical realtime systems are of utmost importance because the failure of these systems could incur severe consequences (e.g., loss of lives or failure of a mission). Such properties require strong isolation between components and they rely on enforcement mechanisms provided by the underlying operating system (OS) kernel. In addition to spatial isolation which is commonly provided by OS kernels to various extents, it also requires temporal isolation, that is, properties on the schedule of one component (e.g., schedulability) are independent of behaviors of other components. The strict isolation between components relies critically on algorithmic properties of the concrete implementation of the scheduler, such as timely provision of time slots, obliviousness to preemption, etc. However, existing work either only reasons about an abstract model of the scheduler, or proves properties of the scheduler implementation that are not rich enough to establish the isolation between different components. In this paper, we present a novel compositional framework for reasoning about algorithmic properties of the concrete implementation of preemptive schedulers. In particular, we use virtual timeline, a variant of the supply bound function used in realtime scheduling analysis, to specify and reason about the scheduling of each component in isolation. We show that the properties proved on this abstraction carry down to the generated assembly code of the OS kernel. Using this framework, we successfully verify a realtime OS kernel, which extends mCertiKOS, a singleprocessor nonpreemptive kernel, with userlevel preemption, a verified timer interrupt handler, and a verified realtime scheduler. We prove that in the absence of microarchitecturallevel timing channels, this new kernel enjoys temporal and spatial isolation on top of the functional correctness guarantee. All the proofs are implemented in the Coq proof assistant. @Article{POPL20p20, author = {Mengqi Liu and Lionel Rieg and Zhong Shao and Ronghui Gu and David Costanzo and JungEun Kim and ManKi Yoon}, title = {Virtual Timeline: A Formal Abstraction for Verifying Preemptive Schedulers with Temporal Isolation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {20}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371088}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Functional 

Mackay, Julian 
POPL '20: "Decidable Subtyping for Path ..."
Decidable Subtyping for Path Dependent Types
Julian Mackay, Alex Potanin, Jonathan Aldrich, and Lindsay Groves (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Carnegie Mellon University, USA) Path dependent types have long served as an expressive component of the Scala programming language. They allow for the modelling of both bounded polymorphism and a degree of nominal subtyping. Nominality in turn provides the ability to capture first class modules. Thus a single language feature gives rise to a rich array of expressiveness. Recent work has proven path dependent types sound in the presence of both intersection and recursive types, but unfortunately typing remains undecidable, posing problems for programmers who rely on the results of type checkers. The Wyvern programming language is an object oriented language with path dependent types, recursive types and first class modules. In this paper we define two variants of Wyvern that feature decidable typing, along with machine checked proofs of decidability. Despite the restrictions, our approaches retain the ability to encode the parameteric polymorphism of Java generics along with many idioms of the Scala module system. @Article{POPL20p66, author = {Julian Mackay and Alex Potanin and Jonathan Aldrich and Lindsay Groves}, title = {Decidable Subtyping for Path Dependent Types}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {66}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371134}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Madhusudan, P. 
POPL '20: "Deciding Memory Safety for ..."
Deciding Memory Safety for SinglePass HeapManipulating Programs
Umang Mathur, Adithya Murali, Paul Krogmeier, P. Madhusudan, and Mahesh Viswanathan (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, USA) We investigate the decidability of automatic program verification for programs that manipulate heaps, and in particular, decision procedures for proving memory safety for them. We extend recent work that identified a decidable subclass of uninterpreted programs to a class of aliasaware programs that can update maps. We apply this theory to develop verification algorithms for memory safety— determining if a heapmanipulating program that allocates and frees memory locations and manipulates heap pointers does not dereference an unallocated memory location. We show that this problem is decidable when the initial allocated heap forms a forest datastructure and when programs are streamingcoherent, which intuitively restricts programs to make a single pass over a datastructure. Our experimental evaluation on a set of library routines that manipulate forest datastructures shows that common singlepass algorithms on datastructures often fall in the decidable class, and that our decision procedure is efficient in verifying them. @Article{POPL20p35, author = {Umang Mathur and Adithya Murali and Paul Krogmeier and P. Madhusudan and Mahesh Viswanathan}, title = {Deciding Memory Safety for SinglePass HeapManipulating Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {35}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371103}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Maggesi, Marco 
POPL '20: "Reduction Monads and Their ..."
Reduction Monads and Their Signatures
Benedikt Ahrens, André Hirschowitz, Ambroise Lafont, and Marco Maggesi (University of Birmingham, UK; University of Côte d'Azur, France; IMT Atlantique, France; University of Florence, Italy) In this work, we study reduction monads, which are essentially the same as monads relative to the free functor from sets into multigraphs. Reduction monads account for two aspects of the lambda calculus: on the one hand, in the monadic viewpoint, the lambda calculus is an object equipped with a wellbehaved substitution; on the other hand, in the graphical viewpoint, it is an oriented multigraph whose vertices are terms and whose edges witness the reductions between two terms. We study presentations of reduction monads. To this end, we propose a notion of reduction signature. As usual, such a signature plays the role of a virtual presentation, and specifies arities for generating operations—possibly subject to equations—together with arities for generating reduction rules. For each such signature, we define a category of models; any model is, in particular, a reduction monad. If the initial object of this category of models exists, we call it the reduction monad presented (or specified) by the given reduction signature. Our main result identifies a class of reduction signatures which specify a reduction monad in the above sense. We show in the examples that our approach covers several standard variants of the lambda calculus. @Article{POPL20p31, author = {Benedikt Ahrens and André Hirschowitz and Ambroise Lafont and Marco Maggesi}, title = {Reduction Monads and Their Signatures}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {31}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371099}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Mahajan, Ratul 
POPL '20: "Abstract Interpretation of ..."
Abstract Interpretation of Distributed Network Control Planes
Ryan Beckett, Aarti Gupta, Ratul Mahajan, and David Walker (Microsoft Research, USA; Princeton University, USA; University of Washington, USA; Intentionet, USA) The control plane of most computer networks runs distributed routing protocols that determine if and how traffic is forwarded. Errors in the configuration of network control planes frequently knock down critical online services, leading to economic damage for service providers and significant hardship for users. Validation via aheadoftime simulation can help find configuration errors but such techniques are expensive or even intractable for large industrial networks. We explore the use of abstract interpretation to address this fundamental scaling challenge and find that the right abstractions can reduce the asymptotic complexity of network simulation. Based on this observation, we build a tool called ShapeShifter for reachability analysis. On a suite of 127 production networks from a large cloud provider, ShapeShifter provides an asymptotic improvement in runtime and memory over the stateoftheart simulator. These gains come with a minimal loss in precision. Our abstract analysis accurately predicts reachability for all destinations for 95% of the networks and for most destinations for the remaining 5%. We also find that abstract interpretation of network control planes not only speeds up existing analyses but also facilitates new kinds of analyses. We illustrate this advantage through a new destination "hijacking" analysis for the border gateway protocol (BGP), the globallydeployed routing protocol. @Article{POPL20p42, author = {Ryan Beckett and Aarti Gupta and Ratul Mahajan and David Walker}, title = {Abstract Interpretation of Distributed Network Control Planes}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {42}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371110}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Maillard, Kenji 
POPL '20: "The Next 700 Relational Program ..."
The Next 700 Relational Program Logics
Kenji Maillard, Cătălin Hriţcu, Exequiel Rivas, and Antoine Van Muylder (Inria, France; ENS, France; University of Paris, France) We propose the first framework for defining relational program logics for arbitrary monadic effects. The framework is embedded within a relational dependent type theory and is highly expressive. At the semantic level, we provide an algebraic presentation of relational specifications as a class of relative monads, and link computations and specifications by introducing relational effect observations, which map pairs of monadic computations to relational specifications in a way that respects the algebraic structure. For an arbitrary relational effect observation, we generically define the core of a sound relational program logic, and explain how to complete it to a fullfledged logic for the monadic effect at hand. We show that this generic framework can be used to define relational program logics for effects as diverse as state, inputoutput, nondeterminism, and discrete probabilities. We, moreover, show that by instantiating our framework with state and unbounded iteration we can embed a variant of Benton's Relational Hoare Logic, and also sketch how to reconstruct Relational Hoare Type Theory. Finally, we identify and overcome conceptual challenges that prevented previous relational program logics from properly dealing with control effects, and are the first to provide a relational program logic for exceptions. @Article{POPL20p4, author = {Kenji Maillard and Cătălin Hriţcu and Exequiel Rivas and Antoine Van Muylder}, title = {The Next 700 Relational Program Logics}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {4}, numpages = {33}, doi = {10.1145/3371072}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Malecha, Gregory 
POPL '20: "Interaction Trees: Representing ..."
Interaction Trees: Representing Recursive and Impure Programs in Coq
Liyao Xia, Yannick Zakowski, Paul He, ChungKil Hur, Gregory Malecha, Benjamin C. Pierce, and Steve Zdancewic (University of Pennsylvania, USA; Seoul National University, South Korea; BedRock Systems, USA) Interaction trees (ITrees) are a generalpurpose data structure for representing the behaviors of recursive programs that interact with their environments. A coinductive variant of “free monads,” ITrees are built out of uninterpreted events and their continuations. They support compositional construction of interpreters from event handlers, which give meaning to events by defining their semantics as monadic actions. ITrees are expressive enough to represent impure and potentially nonterminating, mutually recursive computations, while admitting a rich equational theory of equivalence up to weak bisimulation. In contrast to other approaches such as relationally specified operational semantics, ITrees are executable via code extraction, making them suitable for debugging, testing, and implementing software artifacts that are amenable to formal verification. We have implemented ITrees and their associated theory as a Coq library, mechanizing classic domain and categorytheoretic results about program semantics, iteration, monadic structures, and equational reasoning. Although the internals of the library rely heavily on coinductive proofs, the interface hides these details so that clients can use and reason about ITrees without explicit use of Coq’s coinduction tactics. To showcase the utility of our theory, we prove the terminationsensitive correctness of a compiler from a simple imperative source language to an assemblylike target whose meanings are given in an ITreebased denotational semantics. Unlike previous results using operational techniques, our bisimulation proof follows straightforwardly by structural induction and elementary rewriting via an equational theory of combinators for controlflow graphs. @Article{POPL20p51, author = {Liyao Xia and Yannick Zakowski and Paul He and ChungKil Hur and Gregory Malecha and Benjamin C. Pierce and Steve Zdancewic}, title = {Interaction Trees: Representing Recursive and Impure Programs in Coq}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {51}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371119}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Mansinghka, Vikash K. 
POPL '20: "Optimal Approximate Sampling ..."
Optimal Approximate Sampling from Discrete Probability Distributions
Feras A. Saad, Cameron E. Freer, Martin C. Rinard, and Vikash K. Mansinghka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) This paper addresses a fundamental problem in random variate generation: given access to a random source that emits a stream of independent fair bits, what is the most accurate and entropyefficient algorithm for sampling from a discrete probability distribution (p_{1}, …, p_{n}), where the probabilities of the output distribution (p̂_{1}, …, p̂_{n}) of the sampling algorithm must be specified using at most k bits of precision? We present a theoretical framework for formulating this problem and provide new techniques for finding sampling algorithms that are optimal both statistically (in the sense of sampling accuracy) and informationtheoretically (in the sense of entropy consumption). We leverage these results to build a system that, for a broad family of measures of statistical accuracy, delivers a sampling algorithm whose expected entropy usage is minimal among those that induce the same distribution (i.e., is “entropyoptimal”) and whose output distribution (p̂_{1}, …, p̂_{n}) is a closest approximation to the target distribution (p_{1}, …, p_{n}) among all entropyoptimal sampling algorithms that operate within the specified kbit precision. This optimal approximate sampler is also a closer approximation than any (possibly entropysuboptimal) sampler that consumes a bounded amount of entropy with the specified precision, a class which includes floatingpoint implementations of inversion sampling and related methods found in many software libraries. We evaluate the accuracy, entropy consumption, precision requirements, and wallclock runtime of our optimal approximate sampling algorithms on a broad set of distributions, demonstrating the ways that they are superior to existing approximate samplers and establishing that they often consume significantly fewer resources than are needed by exact samplers. @Article{POPL20p36, author = {Feras A. Saad and Cameron E. Freer and Martin C. Rinard and Vikash K. Mansinghka}, title = {Optimal Approximate Sampling from Discrete Probability Distributions}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {36}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371104}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional POPL '20: "Trace Types and Denotational ..." Trace Types and Denotational Semantics for Sound Programmable Inference in Probabilistic Languages Alexander K. Lew, Marco F. CusumanoTowner, Benjamin Sherman, Michael Carbin, and Vikash K. Mansinghka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) Modern probabilistic programming languages aim to formalize and automate key aspects of probabilistic modeling and inference. Many languages provide constructs for programmable inference that enable developers to improve inference speed and accuracy by tailoring an algorithm for use with a particular model or dataset. Unfortunately, it is easy to use these constructs to write unsound programs that appear to run correctly but produce incorrect results. To address this problem, we present a denotational semantics for programmable inference in higherorder probabilistic programming languages, along with a type system that ensures that welltyped inference programs are sound by construction. A central insight is that the type of a probabilistic expression can track the space of its possible execution traces, not just the type of value that it returns, as these traces are often the objects that inference algorithms manipulate. We use our semantics and type system to establish soundness properties of custom inference programs that use constructs for variational, sequential Monte Carlo, importance sampling, and Markov chain Monte Carlo inference. @Article{POPL20p19, author = {Alexander K. Lew and Marco F. CusumanoTowner and Benjamin Sherman and Michael Carbin and Vikash K. Mansinghka}, title = {Trace Types and Denotational Semantics for Sound Programmable Inference in Probabilistic Languages}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {19}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371087}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Manzonetto, Giulio 
POPL '20: "Taylor Subsumes Scott, Berry, ..."
Taylor Subsumes Scott, Berry, Kahn and Plotkin
Davide Barbarossa and Giulio Manzonetto (University of Paris 13, France) The speculative ambition of replacing the old theory of program approximation based on syntactic continuity with the theory of resource consumption based on Taylor expansion and originating from the differential λcalculus is nowadays at hand. Using this resource sensitive theory, we provide simple proofs of important results in λcalculus that are usually demonstrated by exploiting Scott’s continuity, Berry’s stability or Kahn and Plotkin’s sequentiality theory. A paradigmatic example is given by the Perpendicular Lines Lemma for the Böhm tree semantics, which is proved here simply by induction, but relying on the main properties of resource approximants: strong normalization, confluence and linearity. @Article{POPL20p1, author = {Davide Barbarossa and Giulio Manzonetto}, title = {Taylor Subsumes Scott, Berry, Kahn and Plotkin}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {1}, numpages = {23}, doi = {10.1145/3371069}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Marché, Claude 
POPL '20: "Deductive Verification with ..."
Deductive Verification with Ghost Monitors
Martin Clochard, Claude Marché, and Andrei Paskevich (ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Inria, France; University of ParisSaclay, France; LRI, France; University of ParisSud, France; CNRS, France) We present a new approach to deductive program verification based on auxiliary programs called ghost monitors. This technique is useful when the syntactic structure of the target program is not well suited for verification, for example, when an essentially recursive algorithm is implemented in an iterative fashion. Our approach consists in implementing, specifying, and verifying an auxiliary program that monitors the execution of the target program, in such a way that the correctness of the monitor entails the correctness of the target. The ghost monitor maintains the necessary data and invariants to facilitate the proof. It can be implemented and verified in any suitable framework, which does not have to be related to the language of the target programs. This technique is also applicable when we want to establish relational properties between two target programs written in different languages and having different syntactic structure. We then show how ghost monitors can be used to specify and prove finegrained properties about the infinite behaviors of target programs. Since this cannot be easily done using existing verification frameworks, we introduce a dedicated language for ghost monitors, with an original construction to catch and handle divergent executions. The soundness of the underlying program logic is established using a particular flavor of transfinite games. This language and its soundness are formalized and mechanically checked. @Article{POPL20p2, author = {Martin Clochard and Claude Marché and Andrei Paskevich}, title = {Deductive Verification with Ghost Monitors}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {2}, numpages = {26}, doi = {10.1145/3371070}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Mathur, Umang 
POPL '20: "Deciding Memory Safety for ..."
Deciding Memory Safety for SinglePass HeapManipulating Programs
Umang Mathur, Adithya Murali, Paul Krogmeier, P. Madhusudan, and Mahesh Viswanathan (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, USA) We investigate the decidability of automatic program verification for programs that manipulate heaps, and in particular, decision procedures for proving memory safety for them. We extend recent work that identified a decidable subclass of uninterpreted programs to a class of aliasaware programs that can update maps. We apply this theory to develop verification algorithms for memory safety— determining if a heapmanipulating program that allocates and frees memory locations and manipulates heap pointers does not dereference an unallocated memory location. We show that this problem is decidable when the initial allocated heap forms a forest datastructure and when programs are streamingcoherent, which intuitively restricts programs to make a single pass over a datastructure. Our experimental evaluation on a set of library routines that manipulate forest datastructures shows that common singlepass algorithms on datastructures often fall in the decidable class, and that our decision procedure is efficient in verifying them. @Article{POPL20p35, author = {Umang Mathur and Adithya Murali and Paul Krogmeier and P. Madhusudan and Mahesh Viswanathan}, title = {Deciding Memory Safety for SinglePass HeapManipulating Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {35}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371103}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Mazza, Damiano 
POPL '20: "Backpropagation in the Simply ..."
Backpropagation in the Simply Typed LambdaCalculus with Linear Negation
Aloïs Brunel, Damiano Mazza, and Michele Pagani (Deepomatic, France; CNRS, France; IRIF, France; University of Paris Diderot, France) Backpropagation is a classic automatic differentiation algorithm computing the gradient of functions specified by a certain class of simple, firstorder programs, called computational graphs. It is a fundamental tool in several fields, most notably machine learning, where it is the key for efficiently training (deep) neural networks. Recent years have witnessed the quick growth of a research field called differentiable programming, the aim of which is to express computational graphs more synthetically and modularly by resorting to actual programming languages endowed with control flow operators and higherorder combinators, such as map and fold. In this paper, we extend the backpropagation algorithm to a paradigmatic example of such a programming language: we define a compositional program transformation from the simplytyped lambdacalculus to itself augmented with a notion of linear negation, and prove that this computes the gradient of the source program with the same efficiency as firstorder backpropagation. The transformation is completely effectfree and thus provides a purely logical understanding of the dynamics of backpropagation. @Article{POPL20p64, author = {Aloïs Brunel and Damiano Mazza and Michele Pagani}, title = {Backpropagation in the Simply Typed LambdaCalculus with Linear Negation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {64}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371132}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Mendelson, Jonathan 
POPL '20: "ProvenanceGuided Synthesis ..."
ProvenanceGuided Synthesis of Datalog Programs
Mukund Raghothaman, Jonathan Mendelson, David Zhao, Mayur Naik, and Bernhard Scholz (University of Southern California, USA; University of Pennsylvania, USA; University of Sydney, Australia) We propose a new approach to synthesize Datalog programs from inputoutput specifications. Our approach leverages query provenance to scale the counterexampleguided inductive synthesis (CEGIS) procedure for program synthesis. In each iteration of the procedure, a SAT solver proposes a candidate Datalog program, and a Datalog solver evaluates the proposed program to determine whether it meets the desired specification. Failure to satisfy the specification results in additional constraints to the SAT solver. We propose efficient algorithms to learn these constraints based on “why” and “why not” provenance information obtained from the Datalog solver. We have implemented our approach in a tool called ProSynth and present experimental results that demonstrate significant improvements over the stateoftheart, including in synthesizing invented predicates, reducing running times, and in decreasing variances in synthesis performance. On a suite of 40 synthesis tasks from three different domains, ProSynth is able to synthesize the desired program in 10 seconds on average per task—an order of magnitude faster than baseline approaches—and takes only under a second each for 28 of them. @Article{POPL20p62, author = {Mukund Raghothaman and Jonathan Mendelson and David Zhao and Mayur Naik and Bernhard Scholz}, title = {ProvenanceGuided Synthesis of Datalog Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {62}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371130}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Meyer, Roland 
POPL '20: "Pointer Life Cycle Types for ..."
Pointer Life Cycle Types for LockFree Data Structures with Memory Reclamation
Roland Meyer and Sebastian Wolff (TU Braunschweig, Germany) We consider the verification of lockfree data structures that manually manage their memory with the help of a safe memory reclamation (SMR) algorithm. Our first contribution is a type system that checks whether a program properly manages its memory. If the type check succeeds, it is safe to ignore the SMR algorithm and consider the program under garbage collection. Intuitively, our types track the protection of pointers as guaranteed by the SMR algorithm. There are two design decisions. The type system does not track any shape information, which makes it extremely lightweight. Instead, we rely on invariant annotations that postulate a protection by the SMR. To this end, we introduce angels, ghost variables with an angelic semantics. Moreover, the SMR algorithm is not hardcoded but a parameter of the type system definition. To achieve this, we rely on a recent specification language for SMR algorithms. Our second contribution is to automate the type inference and the invariant check. For the type inference, we show a quadratictime algorithm. For the invariant check, we give a sourcetosource translation that links our programs to offtheshelf verification tools. It compiles away the angelic semantics. This allows us to infer appropriate annotations automatically in a guessandcheck manner. To demonstrate the effectiveness of our typebased verification approach, we check linearizability for various list and set implementations from the literature with both hazard pointers and epochbased memory reclamation. For many of the examples, this is the first time they are verified automatically. For the ones where there is a competitor, we obtain a speedup of up to two orders of magnitude. @Article{POPL20p68, author = {Roland Meyer and Sebastian Wolff}, title = {Pointer Life Cycle Types for LockFree Data Structures with Memory Reclamation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {68}, numpages = {36}, doi = {10.1145/3371136}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Migeed, Zeina 
POPL '20: "What Is Decidable about Gradual ..."
What Is Decidable about Gradual Types?
Zeina Migeed and Jens Palsberg (University of California at Los Angeles, USA) Programmers can use gradual types to migrate programs to have more precise type annotations and thereby improve their readability, efficiency, and safety. Such migration requires an exploration of the migration space and can benefit from tool support, as shown in previous work. Our goal is to provide a foundation for better tool support by settling decidability questions about migration with gradual types. We present three algorithms and a hardness result for deciding key properties and we explain how they can be useful during an exploration. In particular, we show how to decide whether the migration space is finite, whether it has a top element, and whether it is a singleton. We also show that deciding whether it has a maximal element is NPhard. Our implementation of our algorithms worked as expected on a suite of microbenchmarks. @Article{POPL20p29, author = {Zeina Migeed and Jens Palsberg}, title = {What Is Decidable about Gradual Types?}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {29}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371097}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Misailovic, Sasa 
POPL '20: "Augmented ExampleBased Synthesis ..."
Augmented ExampleBased Synthesis using Relational Perturbation Properties
Shengwei An, Rishabh Singh, Sasa Misailovic, and Roopsha Samanta (Purdue University, USA; Google, USA; University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, USA) Examplebased specifications for program synthesis are inherently ambiguous and may cause synthesizers to generate programs that do not exhibit intended behavior on unseen inputs. Existing synthesis techniques attempt to address this problem by either placing a domainspecific syntactic bias on the hypothesis space or heavily relying on user feedback to help resolve ambiguity. We present a new framework to address the ambiguity/generalizability problem in examplebased synthesis. The key feature of our framework is that it places a semantic bias on the hypothesis space using "relational perturbation properties" that relate the perturbation/change in a program output to the perturbation/change in a program input. An example of such a property is permutation invariance: the program output does not change when the elements of the program input (array) are permuted. The framework is portable across multiple domains and synthesizers and is based on two core steps: (1) automatically augment the set of userprovided examples by "applying" relational perturbation properties and (2) use a generic examplebased synthesizer to generate a program consistent with the augmented set of examples. Our framework can be instantiated with three different user interfaces, with varying degrees of user engagement to help infer relevant relational perturbation properties. This includes an interface in which the user only provides examples and our framework automatically infers relevant properties. We implement our framework in a tool SKETCHAX specialized to the SKETCH synthesizer and demonstrate that SKETCHAX is effective in significantly boosting the performance of SKETCH for all three user interfaces. @Article{POPL20p56, author = {Shengwei An and Rishabh Singh and Sasa Misailovic and Roopsha Samanta}, title = {Augmented ExampleBased Synthesis using Relational Perturbation Properties}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {56}, numpages = {24}, doi = {10.1145/3371124}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Morehouse, Edward 
POPL '20: "Recurrence Extraction for ..."
Recurrence Extraction for Functional Programs through CallbyPushValue
G. A. Kavvos, Edward Morehouse, Daniel R. Licata, and Norman Danner (Wesleyan University, USA) The main way of analysing the complexity of a program is that of extracting and solving a recurrence that expresses its running time in terms of the size of its input. We develop a method that automatically extracts such recurrences from the syntax of higherorder recursive functional programs. The resulting recurrences, which are programs in a callbyname language with recursion, explicitly compute the running time in terms of the size of the input. In order to achieve this in a uniform way that covers both callbyname and callbyvalue evaluation strategies, we use CallbyPushValue (CBPV) as an intermediate language. Finally, we use domain theory to develop a denotational cost semantics for the resulting recurrences. @Article{POPL20p15, author = {G. A. Kavvos and Edward Morehouse and Daniel R. Licata and Norman Danner}, title = {Recurrence Extraction for Functional Programs through CallbyPushValue}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {15}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371083}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Morris, J. Garrett 
POPL '20: "Partial Type Constructors: ..."
Partial Type Constructors: Or, Making Ad Hoc Datatypes Less Ad Hoc
Mark P. Jones, J. Garrett Morris, and Richard A. Eisenberg (Portland State University, USA; University of Kansas, USA; Bryn Mawr College, USA; Tweag I/O, UK) Functional programming languages assume that type constructors are total. Yet functional programmers know better: counterexamples range from container types that make limiting assumptions about their contents (e.g., requiring computable equality or ordering functions) to type families with defining equations only over certain choices of arguments. We present a language design and formal theory of partial type constructors, capturing the domains of type constructors using qualified types. Our design is both simple and expressive: we support partial datatypes as firstclass citizens (including as instances of parametric abstractions, such as the Haskell Functor and Monad classes), and show a simple type elaboration algorithm that avoids placing undue annotation burden on programmers. We show that our type system rejects illdefined types and can be compiled to a semantic model based on System F. Finally, we have conducted an experimental analysis of a body of Haskell code, using a proofofconcept implementation of our system; while there are cases where our system requires additional annotations, these cases are rarely encountered in practical Haskell code. @Article{POPL20p40, author = {Mark P. Jones and J. Garrett Morris and Richard A. Eisenberg}, title = {Partial Type Constructors: Or, Making Ad Hoc Datatypes Less Ad Hoc}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {40}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371108}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Murali, Adithya 
POPL '20: "Deciding Memory Safety for ..."
Deciding Memory Safety for SinglePass HeapManipulating Programs
Umang Mathur, Adithya Murali, Paul Krogmeier, P. Madhusudan, and Mahesh Viswanathan (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, USA) We investigate the decidability of automatic program verification for programs that manipulate heaps, and in particular, decision procedures for proving memory safety for them. We extend recent work that identified a decidable subclass of uninterpreted programs to a class of aliasaware programs that can update maps. We apply this theory to develop verification algorithms for memory safety— determining if a heapmanipulating program that allocates and frees memory locations and manipulates heap pointers does not dereference an unallocated memory location. We show that this problem is decidable when the initial allocated heap forms a forest datastructure and when programs are streamingcoherent, which intuitively restricts programs to make a single pass over a datastructure. Our experimental evaluation on a set of library routines that manipulate forest datastructures shows that common singlepass algorithms on datastructures often fall in the decidable class, and that our decision procedure is efficient in verifying them. @Article{POPL20p35, author = {Umang Mathur and Adithya Murali and Paul Krogmeier and P. Madhusudan and Mahesh Viswanathan}, title = {Deciding Memory Safety for SinglePass HeapManipulating Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {35}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371103}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Naik, Mayur 
POPL '20: "ProvenanceGuided Synthesis ..."
ProvenanceGuided Synthesis of Datalog Programs
Mukund Raghothaman, Jonathan Mendelson, David Zhao, Mayur Naik, and Bernhard Scholz (University of Southern California, USA; University of Pennsylvania, USA; University of Sydney, Australia) We propose a new approach to synthesize Datalog programs from inputoutput specifications. Our approach leverages query provenance to scale the counterexampleguided inductive synthesis (CEGIS) procedure for program synthesis. In each iteration of the procedure, a SAT solver proposes a candidate Datalog program, and a Datalog solver evaluates the proposed program to determine whether it meets the desired specification. Failure to satisfy the specification results in additional constraints to the SAT solver. We propose efficient algorithms to learn these constraints based on “why” and “why not” provenance information obtained from the Datalog solver. We have implemented our approach in a tool called ProSynth and present experimental results that demonstrate significant improvements over the stateoftheart, including in synthesizing invented predicates, reducing running times, and in decreasing variances in synthesis performance. On a suite of 40 synthesis tasks from three different domains, ProSynth is able to synthesize the desired program in 10 seconds on average per task—an order of magnitude faster than baseline approaches—and takes only under a second each for 28 of them. @Article{POPL20p62, author = {Mukund Raghothaman and Jonathan Mendelson and David Zhao and Mayur Naik and Bernhard Scholz}, title = {ProvenanceGuided Synthesis of Datalog Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {62}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371130}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Namjoshi, Kedar S. 
POPL '20: "Synthesis of Coordination ..."
Synthesis of Coordination Programs from Linear Temporal Specifications
Suguman Bansal, Kedar S. Namjoshi, and Yaniv Sa'ar (Rice University, USA; Nokia Bell Labs, USA; Nokia Bell Labs, Israel) This paper presents a method for synthesizing a reactive program to coordinate the actions of a group of other reactive programs so that the combined system satisfies a temporal specification of its desired longterm behavior. Traditionally, reactive synthesis has been applied to the construction of a stateful hardware circuit. This work is motivated by applications to other domains, such as the IoT (the Internet of Things) and robotics, where it is necessary to coordinate the actions of multiple sensors, devices, and robots to carry out a task. The mathematical model represents each agent as a process in Hoare’s CSP model. Given a network of interacting agents, called an environment, and a temporal specification of longterm behavior, the synthesis method constructs a coordinator process (if one exists) that guides the actions of the environment agents so that the combined system is deadlockfree and satisfies the given specification. The main technical challenge is that a coordinator may have only partial information of the environment state, due to nondeterminism within the environment and internal environment actions that are hidden from the coordinator. This is the first method to handle both sources of partial information and to do so for arbitrary linear temporal logic specifications. It is established that the coordination synthesis problem is PSPACEhard in the size of the environment. A prototype implementation is able to synthesize compact solutions for a number of coordination problems. @Article{POPL20p54, author = {Suguman Bansal and Kedar S. Namjoshi and Yaniv Sa'ar}, title = {Synthesis of Coordination Programs from Linear Temporal Specifications}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {54}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371122}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Functional 

Neiger, Gil 
POPL '20: "Persistency Semantics of the ..."
Persistency Semantics of the Intelx86 Architecture
Azalea Raad, John Wickerson, Gil Neiger, and Viktor Vafeiadis (MPISWS, Germany; Imperial College London, UK; Intel Labs, USA) Emerging nonvolatile memory (NVM) technologies promise the durability of disks with the performance of RAM. To describe the persistency guarantees of NVM, several memory persistency models have been proposed in the literature. However, the persistency semantics of the ubiquitous x86 architecture remains unexplored to date. To close this gap, we develop the Px86 (‘persistent x86’) model, formalising the persistency semantics of Intelx86 for the first time. We formulate Px86 both operationally and declaratively, and prove that the two characterisations are equivalent. To demonstrate the application of Px86, we develop two persistent libraries over Px86: a persistent transactional library, and a persistent variant of the Michael–Scott queue. Finally, we encode our declarative Px86 model in Alloy and use it to generate persistency litmus tests automatically. @Article{POPL20p11, author = {Azalea Raad and John Wickerson and Gil Neiger and Viktor Vafeiadis}, title = {Persistency Semantics of the Intelx86 Architecture}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {11}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371079}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info 

New, Max S. 
POPL '20: "Graduality and Parametricity: ..."
Graduality and Parametricity: Together Again for the First Time
Max S. New, Dustin Jamner, and Amal Ahmed (Northeastern University, USA) Parametric polymorphism and gradual typing have proven to be a difficult combination, with no language yet produced that satisfies the fundamental theorems of each: parametricity and graduality. Notably, Toro, Labrada, and Tanter (POPL 2019) conjecture that for any gradual extension of System F that uses dynamic type generation, graduality and parametricity are ``simply incompatible''. However, we argue that it is not graduality and parametricity that are incompatible per se, but instead that combining the syntax of System F with dynamic type generation as in previous work necessitates typedirected computation, which we show has been a common source of graduality and parametricity violations in previous work. We then show that by modifying the syntax of universal and existential types to make the type name generation explicit, we remove the need for typedirected computation, and get a language that satisfies both graduality and parametricity theorems. The language has a simple runtime semantics, which can be explained by translation to a statically typed language where the dynamic type is interpreted as a dynamically extensible sum type. Far from being in conflict, we show that the parametricity theorem follows as a direct corollary of a relational interpretation of the graduality property. @Article{POPL20p46, author = {Max S. New and Dustin Jamner and Amal Ahmed}, title = {Graduality and Parametricity: Together Again for the First Time}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {46}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371114}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

O'Hearn, Peter W. 
POPL '20: "Incorrectness Logic ..."
Incorrectness Logic
Peter W. O'Hearn (Facebook, UK; University College London, UK) Program correctness and incorrectness are two sides of the same coin. As a programmer, even if you would like to have correctness, you might find yourself spending most of your time reasoning about incorrectness. This includes informal reasoning that people do while looking at or thinking about their code, as well as that supported by automated testing and static analysis tools. This paper describes a simple logic for program incorrectness which is, in a sense, the other side of the coin to Hoare's logic of correctness. @Article{POPL20p10, author = {Peter W. O'Hearn}, title = {Incorrectness Logic}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {10}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371078}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Oliveira, Bruno C. d. S. 
POPL '20: "Kind Inference for Datatypes ..."
Kind Inference for Datatypes
Ningning Xie, Richard A. Eisenberg, and Bruno C. d. S. Oliveira (University of Hong Kong, China; Bryn Mawr College, USA; Tweag I/O, UK) In recent years, languages like Haskell have seen a dramatic surge of new features that significantly extends the expressive power of their type systems. With these features, the challenge of kind inference for datatype declarations has presented itself and become a worthy research problem on its own. This paper studies kind inference for datatypes. Inspired by previous research on typeinference, we offer declarative specifications for what datatype declarations should be accepted, both for Haskell98 and for a more advanced system we call PolyKinds, based on the extensions in modern Haskell, including a limited form of dependent types. We believe these formulations to be novel and without precedent, even for Haskell98. These specifications are complemented with implementable algorithmic versions. We study soundness, completeness and the existence of principal kinds in these systems, proving the properties where they hold. This work can serve as a guide both to language designers who wish to formalize their datatype declarations and also to implementors keen to have principled inference of principal types. @Article{POPL20p53, author = {Ningning Xie and Richard A. Eisenberg and Bruno C. d. S. Oliveira}, title = {Kind Inference for Datatypes}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {53}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371121}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Ostermann, Klaus 
POPL '20: "Decomposition Diversity with ..."
Decomposition Diversity with Symmetric Data and Codata
David Binder, Julian Jabs, Ingo Skupin, and Klaus Ostermann (University of Tübingen, Germany) The expression problem describes a fundamental tradeoff in program design: Should a program's primary decomposition be determined by the way its domain objects are constructed ("functional" decomposition), or by the way they are destructed ("objectoriented" decomposition)? We argue that programming languages should not force one of these decompositions on the programmer; rather, a programming language should support both ways of decomposing a program in a symmetric way, with an easy translation between these decompositions. However, current programming languages are usually not symmetric and hence make it unnecessarily hard to switch the decomposition. We propose a language that is symmetric in this regard and allows a fully automatic translation between "functional" and "objectoriented" decomposition. We present a language with algebraic data types and pattern matching for "functional" decomposition and codata types and copattern matching for "objectoriented" decomposition, together with a bijective translation that turns a data type into a codata type ("destructorization") or vice versa ("constructorization"). We present the first symmetric programming language with support for local (co)pattern matching, which includes local anonymous function or object definitions, that allows an automatic translation as described above. We also present the first mechanical formalization of such a language and prove i) that the type system is sound, that the translations between data and codata types are ii) typepreserving, iii) behaviorpreserving and iv) inverses of each other. We also extract a mechanically verified implementation from our formalization and have implemented an IDE with direct support for these translations. @Article{POPL20p30, author = {David Binder and Julian Jabs and Ingo Skupin and Klaus Ostermann}, title = {Decomposition Diversity with Symmetric Data and Codata}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {30}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371098}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Functional 

Pagani, Michele 
POPL '20: "Backpropagation in the Simply ..."
Backpropagation in the Simply Typed LambdaCalculus with Linear Negation
Aloïs Brunel, Damiano Mazza, and Michele Pagani (Deepomatic, France; CNRS, France; IRIF, France; University of Paris Diderot, France) Backpropagation is a classic automatic differentiation algorithm computing the gradient of functions specified by a certain class of simple, firstorder programs, called computational graphs. It is a fundamental tool in several fields, most notably machine learning, where it is the key for efficiently training (deep) neural networks. Recent years have witnessed the quick growth of a research field called differentiable programming, the aim of which is to express computational graphs more synthetically and modularly by resorting to actual programming languages endowed with control flow operators and higherorder combinators, such as map and fold. In this paper, we extend the backpropagation algorithm to a paradigmatic example of such a programming language: we define a compositional program transformation from the simplytyped lambdacalculus to itself augmented with a notion of linear negation, and prove that this computes the gradient of the source program with the same efficiency as firstorder backpropagation. The transformation is completely effectfree and thus provides a purely logical understanding of the dynamics of backpropagation. @Article{POPL20p64, author = {Aloïs Brunel and Damiano Mazza and Michele Pagani}, title = {Backpropagation in the Simply Typed LambdaCalculus with Linear Negation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {64}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371132}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Palsberg, Jens 
POPL '20: "What Is Decidable about Gradual ..."
What Is Decidable about Gradual Types?
Zeina Migeed and Jens Palsberg (University of California at Los Angeles, USA) Programmers can use gradual types to migrate programs to have more precise type annotations and thereby improve their readability, efficiency, and safety. Such migration requires an exploration of the migration space and can benefit from tool support, as shown in previous work. Our goal is to provide a foundation for better tool support by settling decidability questions about migration with gradual types. We present three algorithms and a hardness result for deciding key properties and we explain how they can be useful during an exploration. In particular, we show how to decide whether the migration space is finite, whether it has a top element, and whether it is a singleton. We also show that deciding whether it has a maximal element is NPhard. Our implementation of our algorithms worked as expected on a suite of microbenchmarks. @Article{POPL20p29, author = {Zeina Migeed and Jens Palsberg}, title = {What Is Decidable about Gradual Types?}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {29}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371097}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Parthasarathy, Gaurav 
POPL '20: "The Future is Ours: Prophecy ..."
The Future is Ours: Prophecy Variables in Separation Logic
Ralf Jung, Rodolphe Lepigre, Gaurav Parthasarathy, Marianna Rapoport, Amin Timany, Derek Dreyer, and Bart Jacobs (MPISWS, Germany; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; University of Waterloo, Canada; KU Leuven, Belgium) Early in the development of Hoare logic, Owicki and Gries introduced auxiliary variables as a way of encoding information about the history of a program’s execution that is useful for verifying its correctness. Over a decade later, Abadi and Lamport observed that it is sometimes also necessary to know in advance what a program will do in the future. To address this need, they proposed prophecy variables, originally as a proof technique for refinement mappings between state machines. However, despite the fact that prophecy variables are a clearly useful reasoning mechanism, there is (surprisingly) almost no work that attempts to integrate them into Hoare logic. In this paper, we present the first account of prophecy variables in a Hoarestyle program logic that is flexible enough to verify logical atomicity (a relative of linearizability) for classic examples from the concurrency literature like RDCSS and the HerlihyWing queue. Our account is formalized in the Iris framework for separation logic in Coq. It makes essential use of ownership to encode the exclusive right to resolve a prophecy, which in turn enables us to enforce soundness of prophecies with a very simple set of proof rules. @Article{POPL20p45, author = {Ralf Jung and Rodolphe Lepigre and Gaurav Parthasarathy and Marianna Rapoport and Amin Timany and Derek Dreyer and Bart Jacobs}, title = {The Future is Ours: Prophecy Variables in Separation Logic}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {45}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371113}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Paskevich, Andrei 
POPL '20: "Deductive Verification with ..."
Deductive Verification with Ghost Monitors
Martin Clochard, Claude Marché, and Andrei Paskevich (ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Inria, France; University of ParisSaclay, France; LRI, France; University of ParisSud, France; CNRS, France) We present a new approach to deductive program verification based on auxiliary programs called ghost monitors. This technique is useful when the syntactic structure of the target program is not well suited for verification, for example, when an essentially recursive algorithm is implemented in an iterative fashion. Our approach consists in implementing, specifying, and verifying an auxiliary program that monitors the execution of the target program, in such a way that the correctness of the monitor entails the correctness of the target. The ghost monitor maintains the necessary data and invariants to facilitate the proof. It can be implemented and verified in any suitable framework, which does not have to be related to the language of the target programs. This technique is also applicable when we want to establish relational properties between two target programs written in different languages and having different syntactic structure. We then show how ghost monitors can be used to specify and prove finegrained properties about the infinite behaviors of target programs. Since this cannot be easily done using existing verification frameworks, we introduce a dedicated language for ghost monitors, with an original construction to catch and handle divergent executions. The soundness of the underlying program logic is established using a particular flavor of transfinite games. This language and its soundness are formalized and mechanically checked. @Article{POPL20p2, author = {Martin Clochard and Claude Marché and Andrei Paskevich}, title = {Deductive Verification with Ghost Monitors}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {2}, numpages = {26}, doi = {10.1145/3371070}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Pavlogiannis, Andreas 
POPL '20: "Fast, Sound, and Effectively ..."
Fast, Sound, and Effectively Complete Dynamic Race Prediction
Andreas Pavlogiannis (Aarhus University, Denmark) Writing concurrent programs is highly errorprone due to the nondeterminism in interprocess communication. The most reliable indicators of errors in concurrency are data races, which are accesses to a shared resource that can be executed concurrently. We study the problem of predicting data races in lockbased concurrent programs. The input consists of a concurrent trace t, and the task is to determine all pairs of events of t that constitute a data race. The problem lies at the heart of concurrent verification and has been extensively studied for over three decades. However, existing polynomialtime sound techniques are highly incomplete and can miss simple races. In this work we develop M2: a new polynomialtime algorithm for this problem, which has no false positives. In addition, our algorithm is complete for input traces that consist of two processes, i.e., it provably detects all races in the trace. We also develop sufficient criteria for detecting completeness dynamically in cases of more than two processes. We make an experimental evaluation of our algorithm on a challenging set of benchmarks taken from recent literature on the topic. Our algorithm soundly reports hundreds of real races, many of which are missed by existing methods. In addition, using our dynamic completeness criteria, M2 concludes that it has detected all races in the benchmark set, hence the reports are both sound and complete. Finally, its running times are comparable, and often smaller than the theoretically fastest, yet highly incomplete, existing methods. To our knowledge, M2 is the first sound algorithm that achieves such a level of performance on both running time and completeness of the reported races. @Article{POPL20p17, author = {Andreas Pavlogiannis}, title = {Fast, Sound, and Effectively Complete Dynamic Race Prediction}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {17}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371085}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Pavlovic, Dusko 
POPL '20: "Abstract Extensionality: On ..."
Abstract Extensionality: On the Properties of Incomplete Abstract Interpretations
Roberto Bruni, Roberto Giacobazzi, Roberta Gori, Isabel GarciaContreras, and Dusko Pavlovic (University of Pisa, Italy; University of Verona, Italy; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain; University of Hawaii, USA) In this paper we generalise the notion of extensional (functional) equivalence of programs to abstract equivalences induced by abstract interpretations. The standard notion of extensional equivalence is recovered as the special case, induced by the concrete interpretation. Some properties of the extensional equivalence, such as the one spelled out in Rice’s theorem, lift to the abstract equivalences in suitably generalised forms. On the other hand, the generalised framework gives rise to interesting and important new properties, and allows refined, nonextensional analyses. In particular, since programs turn out to be extensionally equivalent if and only if they are equivalent just for the concrete interpretation, it follows that any nontrivial abstract interpretation uncovers some intensional aspect of programs. This striking result is also effective, in the sense that it allows constructing, for any nontrivial abstraction, a pair of programs that are extensionally equivalent, but have different abstract semantics. The construction is based on the fact that abstract interpretations are always sound, but that they can be made incomplete through suitable code transformations. To construct these transformations, we introduce a novel technique for building incompleteness cliques of extensionally equivalent yet abstractly distinguishable programs: They are built together with abstract interpretations that produce false alarms. While programs are forced into incompleteness cliques using both controlflow and dataflow transformations, the main result follows from limitations of dataflow transformations with respect to controlflow ones. A further consequence is that the class of incomplete programs for a nontrivial abstraction is Turing complete. The obtained results also shed a new light on the relation between the techniques of code obfuscation and the precision in program analysis. @Article{POPL20p28, author = {Roberto Bruni and Roberto Giacobazzi and Roberta Gori and Isabel GarciaContreras and Dusko Pavlovic}, title = {Abstract Extensionality: On the Properties of Incomplete Abstract Interpretations}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {28}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371096}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Pédrot, PierreMarie 
POPL '20: "The Fire Triangle: How to ..."
The Fire Triangle: How to Mix Substitution, Dependent Elimination, and Effects
PierreMarie Pédrot and Nicolas Tabareau (Inria, France) There is a critical tension between substitution, dependent elimination and effects in type theory. In this paper, we crystallize this tension in the form of a nogo theorem that constitutes the fire triangle of type theory. To release this tension, we propose ∂CBPV, an extension of callbypushvalue (CBPV) —a general calculus of effects—to dependent types. Then, by extending to ∂CBPV the wellknown decompositions of callbyname and callbyvalue into CBPV, we show why, in presence of effects, dependent elimination must be restricted in callbyname, and substitution must be restricted in callbyvalue. To justify ∂CBPV and show that it is general enough to interpret many kinds of effects, we define various effectful syntactic translations from ∂CBPV to MartinLöf type theory: the reader, weaning and forcing translations. @Article{POPL20p58, author = {PierreMarie Pédrot and Nicolas Tabareau}, title = {The Fire Triangle: How to Mix Substitution, Dependent Elimination, and Effects}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {58}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371126}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Pichardie, David 
POPL '20: "Formal Verification of a ConstantTime ..."
Formal Verification of a ConstantTime Preserving C Compiler
Gilles Barthe, Sandrine Blazy, Benjamin Grégoire, Rémi Hutin, Vincent Laporte, David Pichardie, and Alix Trieu (MPI for Security and Privacy, Germany; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; University of Rennes, France; Inria, France; CNRS, France; IRISA, France; Aarhus University, Denmark) Timing sidechannels are arguably one of the main sources of vulnerabilities in cryptographic implementations. One effective mitigation against timing sidechannels is to write programs that do not perform secretdependent branches and memory accesses. This mitigation, known as "cryptographic constanttime", is adopted by several popular cryptographic libraries. This paper focuses on compilation of cryptographic constanttime programs, and more specifically on the following question: is the code generated by a realistic compiler for a constanttime source program itself provably constanttime? Surprisingly, we answer the question positively for a mildly modified version of the CompCert compiler, a formally verified and moderately optimizing compiler for C. Concretely, we modify the CompCert compiler to eliminate sources of potential leakage. Then, we instrument the operational semantics of CompCert intermediate languages so as to be able to capture cryptographic constanttime. Finally, we prove that the modified CompCert compiler preserves constanttime. Our mechanization maximizes reuse of the CompCert correctness proof, through the use of new proof techniques for proving preservation of constanttime. These techniques achieve complementary tradeoffs between generality and tractability of proof effort, and are of independent interest. @Article{POPL20p7, author = {Gilles Barthe and Sandrine Blazy and Benjamin Grégoire and Rémi Hutin and Vincent Laporte and David Pichardie and Alix Trieu}, title = {Formal Verification of a ConstantTime Preserving C Compiler}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {7}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371075}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Pierce, Benjamin C. 
POPL '20: "Interaction Trees: Representing ..."
Interaction Trees: Representing Recursive and Impure Programs in Coq
Liyao Xia, Yannick Zakowski, Paul He, ChungKil Hur, Gregory Malecha, Benjamin C. Pierce, and Steve Zdancewic (University of Pennsylvania, USA; Seoul National University, South Korea; BedRock Systems, USA) Interaction trees (ITrees) are a generalpurpose data structure for representing the behaviors of recursive programs that interact with their environments. A coinductive variant of “free monads,” ITrees are built out of uninterpreted events and their continuations. They support compositional construction of interpreters from event handlers, which give meaning to events by defining their semantics as monadic actions. ITrees are expressive enough to represent impure and potentially nonterminating, mutually recursive computations, while admitting a rich equational theory of equivalence up to weak bisimulation. In contrast to other approaches such as relationally specified operational semantics, ITrees are executable via code extraction, making them suitable for debugging, testing, and implementing software artifacts that are amenable to formal verification. We have implemented ITrees and their associated theory as a Coq library, mechanizing classic domain and categorytheoretic results about program semantics, iteration, monadic structures, and equational reasoning. Although the internals of the library rely heavily on coinductive proofs, the interface hides these details so that clients can use and reason about ITrees without explicit use of Coq’s coinduction tactics. To showcase the utility of our theory, we prove the terminationsensitive correctness of a compiler from a simple imperative source language to an assemblylike target whose meanings are given in an ITreebased denotational semantics. Unlike previous results using operational techniques, our bisimulation proof follows straightforwardly by structural induction and elementary rewriting via an equational theory of combinators for controlflow graphs. @Article{POPL20p51, author = {Liyao Xia and Yannick Zakowski and Paul He and ChungKil Hur and Gregory Malecha and Benjamin C. Pierce and Steve Zdancewic}, title = {Interaction Trees: Representing Recursive and Impure Programs in Coq}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {51}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371119}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Piróg, Maciej 
POPL '20: "Binders by Day, Labels by ..."
Binders by Day, Labels by Night: Effect Instances via Lexically Scoped Handlers
Dariusz Biernacki, Maciej Piróg, Piotr Polesiuk, and Filip Sieczkowski (University of Wrocław, Poland) Handlers of algebraic effects aspire to be a practical and robust programming construct that allows one to define, use, and combine different computational effects. Interestingly, a critical problem that still bars the way to their popular adoption is how to combine different uses of the same effect in a program, particularly in a language with a static typeandeffect system. For example, it is rudimentary to define the “mutable memory cell” effect as a pair of operations, put and get, together with a handler, but it is far from obvious how to use this effect a number of times to operate a number of memory cells in a single context. In this paper, we propose a solution based on lexically scoped effects in which each use (an “instance”) of an effect can be singled out by name, bound by an enclosing handler and tracked in the type of the expression. Such a setting proves to be delicate with respect to the choice of semantics, as it depends on the explosive mixture of effects, polymorphism, and reduction under binders. Hence, we devise a novel approach to Kripkestyle logical relations that can deal with open terms, which allows us to prove the desired properties of our calculus. We formalise our core results in Coq, and introduce an experimental surfacelevel programming language to show that our approach is applicable in practice. @Article{POPL20p48, author = {Dariusz Biernacki and Maciej Piróg and Piotr Polesiuk and Filip Sieczkowski}, title = {Binders by Day, Labels by Night: Effect Instances via Lexically Scoped Handlers}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {48}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371116}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Functional 

Plotkin, Gordon D. 
POPL '20: "A Simple Differentiable Programming ..."
A Simple Differentiable Programming Language
Martín Abadi and Gordon D. Plotkin (Google Research, USA) Automatic differentiation plays a prominent role in scientific computing and in modern machine learning, often in the context of powerful programming systems. The relation of the various embodiments of automatic differentiation to the mathematical notion of derivative is not always entirely cleardiscrepancies can arise, sometimes inadvertently. In order to study automatic differentiation in such programming contexts, we define a small but expressive programming language that includes a construct for reversemode differentiation. We give operational and denotational semantics for this language. The operational semantics employs popular implementation techniques, while the denotational semantics employs notions of differentiation familiar from real analysis. We establish that these semantics coincide. @Article{POPL20p38, author = {Martín Abadi and Gordon D. Plotkin}, title = {A Simple Differentiable Programming Language}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {38}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371106}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Polesiuk, Piotr 
POPL '20: "Binders by Day, Labels by ..."
Binders by Day, Labels by Night: Effect Instances via Lexically Scoped Handlers
Dariusz Biernacki, Maciej Piróg, Piotr Polesiuk, and Filip Sieczkowski (University of Wrocław, Poland) Handlers of algebraic effects aspire to be a practical and robust programming construct that allows one to define, use, and combine different computational effects. Interestingly, a critical problem that still bars the way to their popular adoption is how to combine different uses of the same effect in a program, particularly in a language with a static typeandeffect system. For example, it is rudimentary to define the “mutable memory cell” effect as a pair of operations, put and get, together with a handler, but it is far from obvious how to use this effect a number of times to operate a number of memory cells in a single context. In this paper, we propose a solution based on lexically scoped effects in which each use (an “instance”) of an effect can be singled out by name, bound by an enclosing handler and tracked in the type of the expression. Such a setting proves to be delicate with respect to the choice of semantics, as it depends on the explosive mixture of effects, polymorphism, and reduction under binders. Hence, we devise a novel approach to Kripkestyle logical relations that can deal with open terms, which allows us to prove the desired properties of our calculus. We formalise our core results in Coq, and introduce an experimental surfacelevel programming language to show that our approach is applicable in practice. @Article{POPL20p48, author = {Dariusz Biernacki and Maciej Piróg and Piotr Polesiuk and Filip Sieczkowski}, title = {Binders by Day, Labels by Night: Effect Instances via Lexically Scoped Handlers}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {48}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371116}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Functional 

Polikarpova, Nadia 
POPL '20: "Program Synthesis by TypeGuided ..."
Program Synthesis by TypeGuided Abstraction Refinement
Zheng Guo, Michael James, David Justo, Jiaxiao Zhou, Ziteng Wang, Ranjit Jhala, and Nadia Polikarpova (University of California at San Diego, USA) We consider the problem of typedirected componentbased synthesis where, given a set of (typed) components and a query type, the goal is to synthesize a term that inhabits the query. Classical approaches based on proof search in intuitionistic logics do not scale up to the standard libraries of modern languages, which span hundreds or thousands of components. Recent graph reachability based methods proposed for Java do scale, but only apply to monomorphic data and components: polymorphic data and components infinitely explode the size of the graph that must be searched, rendering synthesis intractable. We introduce typeguided abstraction refinement (TYGAR), a new approach for scalable typedirected synthesis over polymorphic datatypes and components. Our key insight is that we can overcome the explosion by building a graph over abstract types which represent a potentially unbounded set of concrete types. We show how to use graph reachability to search for candidate terms over abstract types, and introduce a new algorithm that uses proofs of untypeability of illtyped candidates to iteratively refine the abstraction until a welltyped result is found. We have implemented TYGAR in H+, a tool that takes as input a set of Haskell libraries and a query type, and returns a Haskell term that uses functions from the provided libraries to implement the query type. Our support for polymorphism allows H+ to work with higherorder functions and type classes, and enables more precise queries due to parametricity. We have evaluated H+ on 44 queries using a set of popular Haskell libraries with a total of 291 components. H+ returns an interesting solution within the first five results for 32 out of 44 queries. Our results show that TYGAR allows H+ to rapidly return welltyped terms, with the median time to first solution of just 1.4 seconds. Moreover, we observe that gains from iterative refinement over exhaustive enumeration are more pronounced on harder queries. @Article{POPL20p12, author = {Zheng Guo and Michael James and David Justo and Jiaxiao Zhou and Ziteng Wang and Ranjit Jhala and Nadia Polikarpova}, title = {Program Synthesis by TypeGuided Abstraction Refinement}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {12}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371080}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Potanin, Alex 
POPL '20: "Decidable Subtyping for Path ..."
Decidable Subtyping for Path Dependent Types
Julian Mackay, Alex Potanin, Jonathan Aldrich, and Lindsay Groves (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Carnegie Mellon University, USA) Path dependent types have long served as an expressive component of the Scala programming language. They allow for the modelling of both bounded polymorphism and a degree of nominal subtyping. Nominality in turn provides the ability to capture first class modules. Thus a single language feature gives rise to a rich array of expressiveness. Recent work has proven path dependent types sound in the presence of both intersection and recursive types, but unfortunately typing remains undecidable, posing problems for programmers who rely on the results of type checkers. The Wyvern programming language is an object oriented language with path dependent types, recursive types and first class modules. In this paper we define two variants of Wyvern that feature decidable typing, along with machine checked proofs of decidability. Despite the restrictions, our approaches retain the ability to encode the parameteric polymorphism of Java generics along with many idioms of the Scala module system. @Article{POPL20p66, author = {Julian Mackay and Alex Potanin and Jonathan Aldrich and Lindsay Groves}, title = {Decidable Subtyping for Path Dependent Types}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {66}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371134}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Pottier, François 
POPL '20: "Spy Game: Verifying a Local ..."
Spy Game: Verifying a Local Generic Solver in Iris
Paulo Emílio de Vilhena, François Pottier, and JacquesHenri Jourdan (Inria, France; CNRS, France; LRI, France; University of ParisSaclay, France) We verify the partial correctness of a "local generic solver", that is, an ondemand, incremental, memoizing least fixed point computation algorithm. The verification is carried out in Iris, a modern breed of concurrent separation logic. The specification is simple: the solver computes the optimal least fixed point of a system of monotone equations. Although the solver relies on mutable internal state for memoization and for "spying", a form of dynamic dependency discovery, it is apparently pure: no side effects are mentioned in its specification. As auxiliary contributions, we provide several illustrations of the use of prophecy variables, a novel feature of Iris; we establish a restricted form of the infinitary conjunction rule; and we provide a specification and proof of Longley's modulus function, an archetypical example of spying. @Article{POPL20p33, author = {Paulo Emílio de Vilhena and François Pottier and JacquesHenri Jourdan}, title = {Spy Game: Verifying a Local Generic Solver in Iris}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {33}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371101}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info 

Pouzet, Marc 
POPL '20: "Mechanized Semantics and Verified ..."
Mechanized Semantics and Verified Compilation for a Dataflow Synchronous Language with Reset
Timothy Bourke, Lélio Brun, and Marc Pouzet (Inria, France; ENS, France; PSL University, France; Sorbonne University, France) Specifications based on block diagrams and state machines are used to design control software, especially in the certified development of safetycritical applications. Tools like SCADE Suite and Simulink/Stateflow are equipped with compilers that translate such specifications into executable code. They provide programming languages for composing functions over streams as typified by Dataflow Synchronous Languages like Lustre. Recent work builds on CompCert to specify and verify a compiler for the core of Lustre in the Coq Interactive Theorem Prover. It formally links the streambased semantics of the source language to the sequential memory manipulations of generated assembly code. We extend this work to treat a primitive for resetting subsystems. Our contributions include new semantic rules that are suitable for mechanized reasoning, a novel intermediate language for generating optimized code, and proofs of correctness for the associated compilation passes. @Article{POPL20p44, author = {Timothy Bourke and Lélio Brun and Marc Pouzet}, title = {Mechanized Semantics and Verified Compilation for a Dataflow Synchronous Language with Reset}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {44}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371112}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Raad, Azalea 
POPL '20: "Persistency Semantics of the ..."
Persistency Semantics of the Intelx86 Architecture
Azalea Raad, John Wickerson, Gil Neiger, and Viktor Vafeiadis (MPISWS, Germany; Imperial College London, UK; Intel Labs, USA) Emerging nonvolatile memory (NVM) technologies promise the durability of disks with the performance of RAM. To describe the persistency guarantees of NVM, several memory persistency models have been proposed in the literature. However, the persistency semantics of the ubiquitous x86 architecture remains unexplored to date. To close this gap, we develop the Px86 (‘persistent x86’) model, formalising the persistency semantics of Intelx86 for the first time. We formulate Px86 both operationally and declaratively, and prove that the two characterisations are equivalent. To demonstrate the application of Px86, we develop two persistent libraries over Px86: a persistent transactional library, and a persistent variant of the Michael–Scott queue. Finally, we encode our declarative Px86 model in Alloy and use it to generate persistency litmus tests automatically. @Article{POPL20p11, author = {Azalea Raad and John Wickerson and Gil Neiger and Viktor Vafeiadis}, title = {Persistency Semantics of the Intelx86 Architecture}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {11}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371079}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info 

Raghothaman, Mukund 
POPL '20: "ProvenanceGuided Synthesis ..."
ProvenanceGuided Synthesis of Datalog Programs
Mukund Raghothaman, Jonathan Mendelson, David Zhao, Mayur Naik, and Bernhard Scholz (University of Southern California, USA; University of Pennsylvania, USA; University of Sydney, Australia) We propose a new approach to synthesize Datalog programs from inputoutput specifications. Our approach leverages query provenance to scale the counterexampleguided inductive synthesis (CEGIS) procedure for program synthesis. In each iteration of the procedure, a SAT solver proposes a candidate Datalog program, and a Datalog solver evaluates the proposed program to determine whether it meets the desired specification. Failure to satisfy the specification results in additional constraints to the SAT solver. We propose efficient algorithms to learn these constraints based on “why” and “why not” provenance information obtained from the Datalog solver. We have implemented our approach in a tool called ProSynth and present experimental results that demonstrate significant improvements over the stateoftheart, including in synthesizing invented predicates, reducing running times, and in decreasing variances in synthesis performance. On a suite of 40 synthesis tasks from three different domains, ProSynth is able to synthesize the desired program in 10 seconds on average per task—an order of magnitude faster than baseline approaches—and takes only under a second each for 28 of them. @Article{POPL20p62, author = {Mukund Raghothaman and Jonathan Mendelson and David Zhao and Mayur Naik and Bernhard Scholz}, title = {ProvenanceGuided Synthesis of Datalog Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {62}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371130}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Rapoport, Marianna 
POPL '20: "The Future is Ours: Prophecy ..."
The Future is Ours: Prophecy Variables in Separation Logic
Ralf Jung, Rodolphe Lepigre, Gaurav Parthasarathy, Marianna Rapoport, Amin Timany, Derek Dreyer, and Bart Jacobs (MPISWS, Germany; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; University of Waterloo, Canada; KU Leuven, Belgium) Early in the development of Hoare logic, Owicki and Gries introduced auxiliary variables as a way of encoding information about the history of a program’s execution that is useful for verifying its correctness. Over a decade later, Abadi and Lamport observed that it is sometimes also necessary to know in advance what a program will do in the future. To address this need, they proposed prophecy variables, originally as a proof technique for refinement mappings between state machines. However, despite the fact that prophecy variables are a clearly useful reasoning mechanism, there is (surprisingly) almost no work that attempts to integrate them into Hoare logic. In this paper, we present the first account of prophecy variables in a Hoarestyle program logic that is flexible enough to verify logical atomicity (a relative of linearizability) for classic examples from the concurrency literature like RDCSS and the HerlihyWing queue. Our account is formalized in the Iris framework for separation logic in Coq. It makes essential use of ownership to encode the exclusive right to resolve a prophecy, which in turn enables us to enforce soundness of prophecies with a very simple set of proof rules. @Article{POPL20p45, author = {Ralf Jung and Rodolphe Lepigre and Gaurav Parthasarathy and Marianna Rapoport and Amin Timany and Derek Dreyer and Bart Jacobs}, title = {The Future is Ours: Prophecy Variables in Separation Logic}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {45}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371113}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Rezvan, Rojin 
POPL '20: "Parameterized Verification ..."
Parameterized Verification under TSO is PSPACEComplete
Parosh Aziz Abdulla, Mohamed Faouzi Atig, and Rojin Rezvan (Uppsala University, Sweden; Sharif University of Technology, Iran) We consider parameterized verification of concurrent programs under the Total Store Order (TSO) semantics. A program consists of a set of processes that share a set of variables on which they can perform read and write operations. We show that the reachability problem for a system consisting of an arbitrary number of identical processes is PSPACEcomplete. We prove that the complexity is reduced to polynomial time if the processes are not allowed to read the initial values of the variables in the memory. When the processes are allowed to perform atomic readmodifywrite operations, the reachability problem has a nonprimitive recursive complexity. @Article{POPL20p26, author = {Parosh Aziz Abdulla and Mohamed Faouzi Atig and Rojin Rezvan}, title = {Parameterized Verification under TSO is PSPACEComplete}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {26}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371094}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Rieg, Lionel 
POPL '20: "Virtual Timeline: A Formal ..."
Virtual Timeline: A Formal Abstraction for Verifying Preemptive Schedulers with Temporal Isolation
Mengqi Liu, Lionel Rieg, Zhong Shao, Ronghui Gu, David Costanzo, JungEun Kim, and ManKi Yoon (Yale University, USA; Grenoble Alps University, France; CNRS, France; Grenoble INP, France; VERIMAG, France; Columbia University, USA) The reliability and security of safetycritical realtime systems are of utmost importance because the failure of these systems could incur severe consequences (e.g., loss of lives or failure of a mission). Such properties require strong isolation between components and they rely on enforcement mechanisms provided by the underlying operating system (OS) kernel. In addition to spatial isolation which is commonly provided by OS kernels to various extents, it also requires temporal isolation, that is, properties on the schedule of one component (e.g., schedulability) are independent of behaviors of other components. The strict isolation between components relies critically on algorithmic properties of the concrete implementation of the scheduler, such as timely provision of time slots, obliviousness to preemption, etc. However, existing work either only reasons about an abstract model of the scheduler, or proves properties of the scheduler implementation that are not rich enough to establish the isolation between different components. In this paper, we present a novel compositional framework for reasoning about algorithmic properties of the concrete implementation of preemptive schedulers. In particular, we use virtual timeline, a variant of the supply bound function used in realtime scheduling analysis, to specify and reason about the scheduling of each component in isolation. We show that the properties proved on this abstraction carry down to the generated assembly code of the OS kernel. Using this framework, we successfully verify a realtime OS kernel, which extends mCertiKOS, a singleprocessor nonpreemptive kernel, with userlevel preemption, a verified timer interrupt handler, and a verified realtime scheduler. We prove that in the absence of microarchitecturallevel timing channels, this new kernel enjoys temporal and spatial isolation on top of the functional correctness guarantee. All the proofs are implemented in the Coq proof assistant. @Article{POPL20p20, author = {Mengqi Liu and Lionel Rieg and Zhong Shao and Ronghui Gu and David Costanzo and JungEun Kim and ManKi Yoon}, title = {Virtual Timeline: A Formal Abstraction for Verifying Preemptive Schedulers with Temporal Isolation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {20}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371088}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Functional 

Rinard, Martin C. 
POPL '20: "Optimal Approximate Sampling ..."
Optimal Approximate Sampling from Discrete Probability Distributions
Feras A. Saad, Cameron E. Freer, Martin C. Rinard, and Vikash K. Mansinghka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) This paper addresses a fundamental problem in random variate generation: given access to a random source that emits a stream of independent fair bits, what is the most accurate and entropyefficient algorithm for sampling from a discrete probability distribution (p_{1}, …, p_{n}), where the probabilities of the output distribution (p̂_{1}, …, p̂_{n}) of the sampling algorithm must be specified using at most k bits of precision? We present a theoretical framework for formulating this problem and provide new techniques for finding sampling algorithms that are optimal both statistically (in the sense of sampling accuracy) and informationtheoretically (in the sense of entropy consumption). We leverage these results to build a system that, for a broad family of measures of statistical accuracy, delivers a sampling algorithm whose expected entropy usage is minimal among those that induce the same distribution (i.e., is “entropyoptimal”) and whose output distribution (p̂_{1}, …, p̂_{n}) is a closest approximation to the target distribution (p_{1}, …, p_{n}) among all entropyoptimal sampling algorithms that operate within the specified kbit precision. This optimal approximate sampler is also a closer approximation than any (possibly entropysuboptimal) sampler that consumes a bounded amount of entropy with the specified precision, a class which includes floatingpoint implementations of inversion sampling and related methods found in many software libraries. We evaluate the accuracy, entropy consumption, precision requirements, and wallclock runtime of our optimal approximate sampling algorithms on a broad set of distributions, demonstrating the ways that they are superior to existing approximate samplers and establishing that they often consume significantly fewer resources than are needed by exact samplers. @Article{POPL20p36, author = {Feras A. Saad and Cameron E. Freer and Martin C. Rinard and Vikash K. Mansinghka}, title = {Optimal Approximate Sampling from Discrete Probability Distributions}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {36}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371104}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional POPL '20: "Synthesizing Replacement Classes ..." Synthesizing Replacement Classes Malavika Samak, Deokhwan Kim, and Martin C. Rinard (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) We present a new technique for automatically synthesizing replacement classes. The technique starts with an original class O and a potential replacement class R, then uses R to synthesize a new class that implements the same interface and provides the same functionality as O. Critically, our technique works with a synthe sized interclass equivalence predicate between the states of O and R. It uses this predicate to ensure that original and synthesized methods leave corresponding O and R objects in equivalent states. The predicate therefore enables the technique to synthesize individual replacement methods in isolation while still obtain ing a replacement class that leaves the original and replacement objects in equivalent states after arbitrarily long method invocation sequences. We have implemented the technique as part of a tool, named Mask, and evaluated it using opensource Java classes. The results highlight the effectiveness of Mask in synthesizing replacement classes. @Article{POPL20p52, author = {Malavika Samak and Deokhwan Kim and Martin C. Rinard}, title = {Synthesizing Replacement Classes}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {52}, numpages = {33}, doi = {10.1145/3371120}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Rival, Xavier 
POPL '20: "Towards Verified Stochastic ..."
Towards Verified Stochastic Variational Inference for Probabilistic Programs
Wonyeol Lee, Hangyeol Yu, Xavier Rival, and Hongseok Yang (KAIST, South Korea; Inria, France; ENS, France; CNRS, France; PSL University, France) Probabilistic programming is the idea of writing models from statistics and machine learning using program notations and reasoning about these models using generic inference engines. Recently its combination with deep learning has been explored intensely, which led to the development of so called deep probabilistic programming languages, such as Pyro, Edward and ProbTorch. At the core of this development lie inference engines based on stochastic variational inference algorithms. When asked to find information about the posterior distribution of a model written in such a language, these algorithms convert this posteriorinference query into an optimisation problem and solve it approximately by a form of gradient ascent or descent. In this paper, we analyse one of the most fundamental and versatile variational inference algorithms, called score estimator or REINFORCE, using tools from denotational semantics and program analysis. We formally express what this algorithm does on models denoted by programs, and expose implicit assumptions made by the algorithm on the models. The violation of these assumptions may lead to an undefined optimisation objective or the loss of convergence guarantee of the optimisation process. We then describe rules for proving these assumptions, which can be automated by static program analyses. Some of our rules use nontrivial facts from continuous mathematics, and let us replace requirements about integrals in the assumptions, such as integrability of functions defined in terms of programs' denotations, by conditions involving differentiation or boundedness, which are much easier to prove automatically (and manually). Following our general methodology, we have developed a static program analysis for the Pyro programming language that aims at discharging the assumption about what we call modelguide support match. Our analysis is applied to the eight representative modelguide pairs from the Pyro webpage, which include sophisticated neural network models such as AIR. It finds a bug in one of these cases, reveals a nonstandard use of an inference engine in another, and shows that the assumptions are met in the remaining six cases. @Article{POPL20p16, author = {Wonyeol Lee and Hangyeol Yu and Xavier Rival and Hongseok Yang}, title = {Towards Verified Stochastic Variational Inference for Probabilistic Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {16}, numpages = {33}, doi = {10.1145/3371084}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Rivas, Exequiel 
POPL '20: "The Next 700 Relational Program ..."
The Next 700 Relational Program Logics
Kenji Maillard, Cătălin Hriţcu, Exequiel Rivas, and Antoine Van Muylder (Inria, France; ENS, France; University of Paris, France) We propose the first framework for defining relational program logics for arbitrary monadic effects. The framework is embedded within a relational dependent type theory and is highly expressive. At the semantic level, we provide an algebraic presentation of relational specifications as a class of relative monads, and link computations and specifications by introducing relational effect observations, which map pairs of monadic computations to relational specifications in a way that respects the algebraic structure. For an arbitrary relational effect observation, we generically define the core of a sound relational program logic, and explain how to complete it to a fullfledged logic for the monadic effect at hand. We show that this generic framework can be used to define relational program logics for effects as diverse as state, inputoutput, nondeterminism, and discrete probabilities. We, moreover, show that by instantiating our framework with state and unbounded iteration we can embed a variant of Benton's Relational Hoare Logic, and also sketch how to reconstruct Relational Hoare Type Theory. Finally, we identify and overcome conceptual challenges that prevented previous relational program logics from properly dealing with control effects, and are the first to provide a relational program logic for exceptions. @Article{POPL20p4, author = {Kenji Maillard and Cătălin Hriţcu and Exequiel Rivas and Antoine Van Muylder}, title = {The Next 700 Relational Program Logics}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {4}, numpages = {33}, doi = {10.1145/3371072}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Roth, Marc 
POPL '20: "The Weak CallbyValue λCalculus ..."
The Weak CallbyValue λCalculus Is Reasonable for Both Time and Space
Yannick Forster, Fabian Kunze, and Marc Roth (Saarland University, Germany; M2CI, Germany; University of Oxford, UK) We study the weak callbyvalue λcalculus as a model for computational complexity theory and establish the natural measures for time and space — the number of betareduction steps and the size of the largest term in a computation — as reasonable measures with respect to the invariance thesis of Slot and van Emde Boas from 1984. More precisely, we show that, using those measures, Turing machines and the weak callbyvalue λcalculus can simulate each other within a polynomial overhead in time and a constant factor overhead in space for all computations terminating in (encodings of) ”true” or ”false”. The simulation yields that standard complexity classes like P, NP, PSPACE, or EXP can be defined solely in terms of the λcalculus, but does not cover sublinear time or space. Note that our measures still have the wellknown size explosion property, where the space measure of a computation can be exponentially bigger than its time measure. However, our result implies that this exponential gap disappears once complexity classes are considered instead of concrete computations. We consider this result a first step towards a solution for the longstanding open problem of whether the natural measures for time and space of the λcalculus are reasonable. Our proof for the weak callbyvalue λcalculus is the first proof of reasonability (including both time and space) for a functional language based on natural measures and enables the formal verification of complexitytheoretic proofs concerning complexity classes, both on paper and in proof assistants. The proof idea relies on a hybrid of two simulation strategies of reductions in the weak callbyvalue λcalculus by Turing machines, both of which are insufficient if taken alone. The first strategy is the most naive one in the sense that a reduction sequence is simulated precisely as given by the reduction rules; in particular, all substitutions are executed immediately. This simulation runs within a constant overhead in space, but the overhead in time might be exponential. The second strategy is heapbased and relies on structure sharing, similar to existing compilers of eager functional languages. This strategy only has a polynomial overhead in time, but the space consumption might require an additional factor of logn, which is essentially due to the size of the pointers required for this strategy. Our main contribution is the construction and verification of a spaceaware interleaving of the two strategies, which is shown to yield both a constant overhead in space and a polynomial overhead in time. @Article{POPL20p27, author = {Yannick Forster and Fabian Kunze and Marc Roth}, title = {The Weak CallbyValue λCalculus Is Reasonable for Both Time and Space}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {27}, numpages = {23}, doi = {10.1145/3371095}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Saad, Feras A. 
POPL '20: "Optimal Approximate Sampling ..."
Optimal Approximate Sampling from Discrete Probability Distributions
Feras A. Saad, Cameron E. Freer, Martin C. Rinard, and Vikash K. Mansinghka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) This paper addresses a fundamental problem in random variate generation: given access to a random source that emits a stream of independent fair bits, what is the most accurate and entropyefficient algorithm for sampling from a discrete probability distribution (p_{1}, …, p_{n}), where the probabilities of the output distribution (p̂_{1}, …, p̂_{n}) of the sampling algorithm must be specified using at most k bits of precision? We present a theoretical framework for formulating this problem and provide new techniques for finding sampling algorithms that are optimal both statistically (in the sense of sampling accuracy) and informationtheoretically (in the sense of entropy consumption). We leverage these results to build a system that, for a broad family of measures of statistical accuracy, delivers a sampling algorithm whose expected entropy usage is minimal among those that induce the same distribution (i.e., is “entropyoptimal”) and whose output distribution (p̂_{1}, …, p̂_{n}) is a closest approximation to the target distribution (p_{1}, …, p_{n}) among all entropyoptimal sampling algorithms that operate within the specified kbit precision. This optimal approximate sampler is also a closer approximation than any (possibly entropysuboptimal) sampler that consumes a bounded amount of entropy with the specified precision, a class which includes floatingpoint implementations of inversion sampling and related methods found in many software libraries. We evaluate the accuracy, entropy consumption, precision requirements, and wallclock runtime of our optimal approximate sampling algorithms on a broad set of distributions, demonstrating the ways that they are superior to existing approximate samplers and establishing that they often consume significantly fewer resources than are needed by exact samplers. @Article{POPL20p36, author = {Feras A. Saad and Cameron E. Freer and Martin C. Rinard and Vikash K. Mansinghka}, title = {Optimal Approximate Sampling from Discrete Probability Distributions}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {36}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371104}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Sa'ar, Yaniv 
POPL '20: "Synthesis of Coordination ..."
Synthesis of Coordination Programs from Linear Temporal Specifications
Suguman Bansal, Kedar S. Namjoshi, and Yaniv Sa'ar (Rice University, USA; Nokia Bell Labs, USA; Nokia Bell Labs, Israel) This paper presents a method for synthesizing a reactive program to coordinate the actions of a group of other reactive programs so that the combined system satisfies a temporal specification of its desired longterm behavior. Traditionally, reactive synthesis has been applied to the construction of a stateful hardware circuit. This work is motivated by applications to other domains, such as the IoT (the Internet of Things) and robotics, where it is necessary to coordinate the actions of multiple sensors, devices, and robots to carry out a task. The mathematical model represents each agent as a process in Hoare’s CSP model. Given a network of interacting agents, called an environment, and a temporal specification of longterm behavior, the synthesis method constructs a coordinator process (if one exists) that guides the actions of the environment agents so that the combined system is deadlockfree and satisfies the given specification. The main technical challenge is that a coordinator may have only partial information of the environment state, due to nondeterminism within the environment and internal environment actions that are hidden from the coordinator. This is the first method to handle both sources of partial information and to do so for arbitrary linear temporal logic specifications. It is established that the coordination synthesis problem is PSPACEhard in the size of the environment. A prototype implementation is able to synthesize compact solutions for a number of coordination problems. @Article{POPL20p54, author = {Suguman Bansal and Kedar S. Namjoshi and Yaniv Sa'ar}, title = {Synthesis of Coordination Programs from Linear Temporal Specifications}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {54}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371122}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Functional 

Sagiv, Mooly 
POPL '20: "Complexity and Information ..."
Complexity and Information in Invariant Inference
Yotam M. Y. Feldman, Neil Immerman, Mooly Sagiv, and Sharon Shoham (Tel Aviv University, Israel; University of Massachusetts, USA) This paper addresses the complexity of SATbased invariant inference, a prominent approach to safety verification. We consider the problem of inferring an inductive invariant of polynomial length given a transition system and a safety property. We analyze the complexity of this problem in a blackbox model, called the Hoarequery model, which is general enough to capture algorithms such as IC3/PDR and its variants. An algorithm in this model learns about the system's reachable states by querying the validity of Hoare triples. We show that in general an algorithm in the Hoarequery model requires an exponential number of queries. Our lower bound is informationtheoretic and applies even to computationally unrestricted algorithms, showing that no choice of generalization from the partial information obtained in a polynomial number of Hoare queries can lead to an efficient invariant inference procedure in this class. We then show, for the first time, that by utilizing rich Hoare queries, as done in PDR, inference can be exponentially more efficient than approaches such as ICE learning, which only utilize inductiveness checks of candidates. We do so by constructing a class of transition systems for which a simple version of PDR with a single frame infers invariants in a polynomial number of queries, whereas every algorithm using only inductiveness checks and counterexamples requires an exponential number of queries. Our results also shed light on connections and differences with the classical theory of exact concept learning with queries, and imply that learning from counterexamples to induction is harder than classical exact learning from labeled examples. This demonstrates that the convergence rate of CounterexampleGuided Inductive Synthesis depends on the form of counterexamples. @Article{POPL20p5, author = {Yotam M. Y. Feldman and Neil Immerman and Mooly Sagiv and Sharon Shoham}, title = {Complexity and Information in Invariant Inference}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {5}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371073}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Samak, Malavika 
POPL '20: "Synthesizing Replacement Classes ..."
Synthesizing Replacement Classes
Malavika Samak, Deokhwan Kim, and Martin C. Rinard (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) We present a new technique for automatically synthesizing replacement classes. The technique starts with an original class O and a potential replacement class R, then uses R to synthesize a new class that implements the same interface and provides the same functionality as O. Critically, our technique works with a synthe sized interclass equivalence predicate between the states of O and R. It uses this predicate to ensure that original and synthesized methods leave corresponding O and R objects in equivalent states. The predicate therefore enables the technique to synthesize individual replacement methods in isolation while still obtain ing a replacement class that leaves the original and replacement objects in equivalent states after arbitrarily long method invocation sequences. We have implemented the technique as part of a tool, named Mask, and evaluated it using opensource Java classes. The results highlight the effectiveness of Mask in synthesizing replacement classes. @Article{POPL20p52, author = {Malavika Samak and Deokhwan Kim and Martin C. Rinard}, title = {Synthesizing Replacement Classes}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {52}, numpages = {33}, doi = {10.1145/3371120}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Samanta, Roopsha 
POPL '20: "Augmented ExampleBased Synthesis ..."
Augmented ExampleBased Synthesis using Relational Perturbation Properties
Shengwei An, Rishabh Singh, Sasa Misailovic, and Roopsha Samanta (Purdue University, USA; Google, USA; University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, USA) Examplebased specifications for program synthesis are inherently ambiguous and may cause synthesizers to generate programs that do not exhibit intended behavior on unseen inputs. Existing synthesis techniques attempt to address this problem by either placing a domainspecific syntactic bias on the hypothesis space or heavily relying on user feedback to help resolve ambiguity. We present a new framework to address the ambiguity/generalizability problem in examplebased synthesis. The key feature of our framework is that it places a semantic bias on the hypothesis space using "relational perturbation properties" that relate the perturbation/change in a program output to the perturbation/change in a program input. An example of such a property is permutation invariance: the program output does not change when the elements of the program input (array) are permuted. The framework is portable across multiple domains and synthesizers and is based on two core steps: (1) automatically augment the set of userprovided examples by "applying" relational perturbation properties and (2) use a generic examplebased synthesizer to generate a program consistent with the augmented set of examples. Our framework can be instantiated with three different user interfaces, with varying degrees of user engagement to help infer relevant relational perturbation properties. This includes an interface in which the user only provides examples and our framework automatically infers relevant properties. We implement our framework in a tool SKETCHAX specialized to the SKETCH synthesizer and demonstrate that SKETCHAX is effective in significantly boosting the performance of SKETCH for all three user interfaces. @Article{POPL20p56, author = {Shengwei An and Rishabh Singh and Sasa Misailovic and Roopsha Samanta}, title = {Augmented ExampleBased Synthesis using Relational Perturbation Properties}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {56}, numpages = {24}, doi = {10.1145/3371124}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Sammler, Michael 
POPL '20: "The HighLevel Benefits of ..."
The HighLevel Benefits of LowLevel Sandboxing
Michael Sammler, Deepak Garg, Derek Dreyer, and Tadeusz Litak (MPISWS, Germany; FriedrichAlexander University ErlangenNürnberg, Germany) Sandboxing is a common technique that allows lowlevel, untrusted components to safely interact with trusted code. However, previous work has only investigated the lowlevel memory isolation guarantees of sandboxing, leaving open the question of the endtoend guarantees that sandboxing affords programmers. In this paper, we fill this gap by showing that sandboxing enables reasoning about the known concept of robust safety, i.e., safety of the trusted code even in the presence of arbitrary untrusted code. To do this, we first present an idealized operational semantics for a language that combines trusted code with untrusted code. Sandboxing is built into our semantics. Then, we prove that safety properties of the trusted code (as enforced through a rich type system) are upheld in the presence of arbitrary untrusted code, so long as all interactions with untrusted code occur at the “any” type (a type inhabited by all values). Finally, to alleviate the burden of having to interact with untrusted code at only the “any” type, we formalize and prove safe several wrappers, which automatically convert values between the “any” type and much richer types. All our results are mechanized in the Coq proof assistant. @Article{POPL20p32, author = {Michael Sammler and Deepak Garg and Derek Dreyer and Tadeusz Litak}, title = {The HighLevel Benefits of LowLevel Sandboxing}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {32}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371100}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Scholz, Bernhard 
POPL '20: "ProvenanceGuided Synthesis ..."
ProvenanceGuided Synthesis of Datalog Programs
Mukund Raghothaman, Jonathan Mendelson, David Zhao, Mayur Naik, and Bernhard Scholz (University of Southern California, USA; University of Pennsylvania, USA; University of Sydney, Australia) We propose a new approach to synthesize Datalog programs from inputoutput specifications. Our approach leverages query provenance to scale the counterexampleguided inductive synthesis (CEGIS) procedure for program synthesis. In each iteration of the procedure, a SAT solver proposes a candidate Datalog program, and a Datalog solver evaluates the proposed program to determine whether it meets the desired specification. Failure to satisfy the specification results in additional constraints to the SAT solver. We propose efficient algorithms to learn these constraints based on “why” and “why not” provenance information obtained from the Datalog solver. We have implemented our approach in a tool called ProSynth and present experimental results that demonstrate significant improvements over the stateoftheart, including in synthesizing invented predicates, reducing running times, and in decreasing variances in synthesis performance. On a suite of 40 synthesis tasks from three different domains, ProSynth is able to synthesize the desired program in 10 seconds on average per task—an order of magnitude faster than baseline approaches—and takes only under a second each for 28 of them. @Article{POPL20p62, author = {Mukund Raghothaman and Jonathan Mendelson and David Zhao and Mayur Naik and Bernhard Scholz}, title = {ProvenanceGuided Synthesis of Datalog Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {62}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371130}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Schrijvers, Tom 
POPL '20: "PλωNK: Functional Probabilistic ..."
PλωNK: Functional Probabilistic NetKAT
Alexander Vandenbroucke and Tom Schrijvers (KU Leuven, Belgium) This work presents PλωNK, a functional probabilistic network programming language that extends Probabilistic NetKAT (PNK). Like PNK, it enables probabilistic modelling of network behaviour, by providing probabilistic choice and infinite iteration (to simulate looping network packets). Yet, unlike PNK, it also offers abstraction and higherorder functions to make programming much more convenient. The formalisation of PλωNK is challenging for two reasons: Firstly, network programming induces multiple side effects (in particular, parallelism and probabilistic choice) which need to be carefully controlled in a functional setting. Our system uses an explicit syntax for thunks and sequencing which makes the interplay of these effects explicit. Secondly, measure theory, the standard domain for formalisations of (continuous) probablistic languages, does not admit higherorder functions. We address this by leveraging ωQuasi Borel Spaces (ωQBSes), a recent advancement in the domain theory of probabilistic programming languages. We believe that our work is not only useful for bringing abstraction to PNK, but that—as part of our contribution—we have developed the metatheory for a probabilistic language that combines advanced features like higherorder functions, iteration and parallelism, which may inform similar metatheoretic efforts. @Article{POPL20p39, author = {Alexander Vandenbroucke and Tom Schrijvers}, title = {PλωNK: Functional Probabilistic NetKAT}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {39}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371107}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info 

Shao, Zhong 
POPL '20: "Virtual Timeline: A Formal ..."
Virtual Timeline: A Formal Abstraction for Verifying Preemptive Schedulers with Temporal Isolation
Mengqi Liu, Lionel Rieg, Zhong Shao, Ronghui Gu, David Costanzo, JungEun Kim, and ManKi Yoon (Yale University, USA; Grenoble Alps University, France; CNRS, France; Grenoble INP, France; VERIMAG, France; Columbia University, USA) The reliability and security of safetycritical realtime systems are of utmost importance because the failure of these systems could incur severe consequences (e.g., loss of lives or failure of a mission). Such properties require strong isolation between components and they rely on enforcement mechanisms provided by the underlying operating system (OS) kernel. In addition to spatial isolation which is commonly provided by OS kernels to various extents, it also requires temporal isolation, that is, properties on the schedule of one component (e.g., schedulability) are independent of behaviors of other components. The strict isolation between components relies critically on algorithmic properties of the concrete implementation of the scheduler, such as timely provision of time slots, obliviousness to preemption, etc. However, existing work either only reasons about an abstract model of the scheduler, or proves properties of the scheduler implementation that are not rich enough to establish the isolation between different components. In this paper, we present a novel compositional framework for reasoning about algorithmic properties of the concrete implementation of preemptive schedulers. In particular, we use virtual timeline, a variant of the supply bound function used in realtime scheduling analysis, to specify and reason about the scheduling of each component in isolation. We show that the properties proved on this abstraction carry down to the generated assembly code of the OS kernel. Using this framework, we successfully verify a realtime OS kernel, which extends mCertiKOS, a singleprocessor nonpreemptive kernel, with userlevel preemption, a verified timer interrupt handler, and a verified realtime scheduler. We prove that in the absence of microarchitecturallevel timing channels, this new kernel enjoys temporal and spatial isolation on top of the functional correctness guarantee. All the proofs are implemented in the Coq proof assistant. @Article{POPL20p20, author = {Mengqi Liu and Lionel Rieg and Zhong Shao and Ronghui Gu and David Costanzo and JungEun Kim and ManKi Yoon}, title = {Virtual Timeline: A Formal Abstraction for Verifying Preemptive Schedulers with Temporal Isolation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {20}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371088}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Functional 

Sherman, Benjamin 
POPL '20: "Trace Types and Denotational ..."
Trace Types and Denotational Semantics for Sound Programmable Inference in Probabilistic Languages
Alexander K. Lew, Marco F. CusumanoTowner, Benjamin Sherman, Michael Carbin, and Vikash K. Mansinghka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) Modern probabilistic programming languages aim to formalize and automate key aspects of probabilistic modeling and inference. Many languages provide constructs for programmable inference that enable developers to improve inference speed and accuracy by tailoring an algorithm for use with a particular model or dataset. Unfortunately, it is easy to use these constructs to write unsound programs that appear to run correctly but produce incorrect results. To address this problem, we present a denotational semantics for programmable inference in higherorder probabilistic programming languages, along with a type system that ensures that welltyped inference programs are sound by construction. A central insight is that the type of a probabilistic expression can track the space of its possible execution traces, not just the type of value that it returns, as these traces are often the objects that inference algorithms manipulate. We use our semantics and type system to establish soundness properties of custom inference programs that use constructs for variational, sequential Monte Carlo, importance sampling, and Markov chain Monte Carlo inference. @Article{POPL20p19, author = {Alexander K. Lew and Marco F. CusumanoTowner and Benjamin Sherman and Michael Carbin and Vikash K. Mansinghka}, title = {Trace Types and Denotational Semantics for Sound Programmable Inference in Probabilistic Languages}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {19}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371087}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Shoham, Sharon 
POPL '20: "Complexity and Information ..."
Complexity and Information in Invariant Inference
Yotam M. Y. Feldman, Neil Immerman, Mooly Sagiv, and Sharon Shoham (Tel Aviv University, Israel; University of Massachusetts, USA) This paper addresses the complexity of SATbased invariant inference, a prominent approach to safety verification. We consider the problem of inferring an inductive invariant of polynomial length given a transition system and a safety property. We analyze the complexity of this problem in a blackbox model, called the Hoarequery model, which is general enough to capture algorithms such as IC3/PDR and its variants. An algorithm in this model learns about the system's reachable states by querying the validity of Hoare triples. We show that in general an algorithm in the Hoarequery model requires an exponential number of queries. Our lower bound is informationtheoretic and applies even to computationally unrestricted algorithms, showing that no choice of generalization from the partial information obtained in a polynomial number of Hoare queries can lead to an efficient invariant inference procedure in this class. We then show, for the first time, that by utilizing rich Hoare queries, as done in PDR, inference can be exponentially more efficient than approaches such as ICE learning, which only utilize inductiveness checks of candidates. We do so by constructing a class of transition systems for which a simple version of PDR with a single frame infers invariants in a polynomial number of queries, whereas every algorithm using only inductiveness checks and counterexamples requires an exponential number of queries. Our results also shed light on connections and differences with the classical theory of exact concept learning with queries, and imply that learning from counterexamples to induction is harder than classical exact learning from labeled examples. This demonstrates that the convergence rate of CounterexampleGuided Inductive Synthesis depends on the form of counterexamples. @Article{POPL20p5, author = {Yotam M. Y. Feldman and Neil Immerman and Mooly Sagiv and Sharon Shoham}, title = {Complexity and Information in Invariant Inference}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {5}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371073}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Sieczkowski, Filip 
POPL '20: "Binders by Day, Labels by ..."
Binders by Day, Labels by Night: Effect Instances via Lexically Scoped Handlers
Dariusz Biernacki, Maciej Piróg, Piotr Polesiuk, and Filip Sieczkowski (University of Wrocław, Poland) Handlers of algebraic effects aspire to be a practical and robust programming construct that allows one to define, use, and combine different computational effects. Interestingly, a critical problem that still bars the way to their popular adoption is how to combine different uses of the same effect in a program, particularly in a language with a static typeandeffect system. For example, it is rudimentary to define the “mutable memory cell” effect as a pair of operations, put and get, together with a handler, but it is far from obvious how to use this effect a number of times to operate a number of memory cells in a single context. In this paper, we propose a solution based on lexically scoped effects in which each use (an “instance”) of an effect can be singled out by name, bound by an enclosing handler and tracked in the type of the expression. Such a setting proves to be delicate with respect to the choice of semantics, as it depends on the explosive mixture of effects, polymorphism, and reduction under binders. Hence, we devise a novel approach to Kripkestyle logical relations that can deal with open terms, which allows us to prove the desired properties of our calculus. We formalise our core results in Coq, and introduce an experimental surfacelevel programming language to show that our approach is applicable in practice. @Article{POPL20p48, author = {Dariusz Biernacki and Maciej Piróg and Piotr Polesiuk and Filip Sieczkowski}, title = {Binders by Day, Labels by Night: Effect Instances via Lexically Scoped Handlers}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {48}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371116}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Functional 

Silva, Alexandra 
POPL '20: "Guarded Kleene Algebra with ..."
Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests: Verification of Uninterpreted Programs in Nearly Linear Time
Steffen Smolka, Nate Foster, Justin Hsu, Tobias Kappé, Dexter Kozen, and Alexandra Silva (Cornell University, USA; University of WisconsinMadison, USA; University College London, UK) Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests (GKAT) is a variation on Kleene Algebra with Tests (KAT) that arises by restricting the union (+) and iteration (*) operations from KAT to predicateguarded versions. We develop the (co)algebraic theory of GKAT and show how it can be efficiently used to reason about imperative programs. In contrast to KAT, whose equational theory is PSPACEcomplete, we show that the equational theory of GKAT is (almost) linear time. We also provide a full Kleene theorem and prove completeness for an analogue of Salomaa’s axiomatization of Kleene Algebra. @Article{POPL20p61, author = {Steffen Smolka and Nate Foster and Justin Hsu and Tobias Kappé and Dexter Kozen and Alexandra Silva}, title = {Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests: Verification of Uninterpreted Programs in Nearly Linear Time}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {61}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371129}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Singh, Rishabh 
POPL '20: "Augmented ExampleBased Synthesis ..."
Augmented ExampleBased Synthesis using Relational Perturbation Properties
Shengwei An, Rishabh Singh, Sasa Misailovic, and Roopsha Samanta (Purdue University, USA; Google, USA; University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, USA) Examplebased specifications for program synthesis are inherently ambiguous and may cause synthesizers to generate programs that do not exhibit intended behavior on unseen inputs. Existing synthesis techniques attempt to address this problem by either placing a domainspecific syntactic bias on the hypothesis space or heavily relying on user feedback to help resolve ambiguity. We present a new framework to address the ambiguity/generalizability problem in examplebased synthesis. The key feature of our framework is that it places a semantic bias on the hypothesis space using "relational perturbation properties" that relate the perturbation/change in a program output to the perturbation/change in a program input. An example of such a property is permutation invariance: the program output does not change when the elements of the program input (array) are permuted. The framework is portable across multiple domains and synthesizers and is based on two core steps: (1) automatically augment the set of userprovided examples by "applying" relational perturbation properties and (2) use a generic examplebased synthesizer to generate a program consistent with the augmented set of examples. Our framework can be instantiated with three different user interfaces, with varying degrees of user engagement to help infer relevant relational perturbation properties. This includes an interface in which the user only provides examples and our framework automatically infers relevant properties. We implement our framework in a tool SKETCHAX specialized to the SKETCH synthesizer and demonstrate that SKETCHAX is effective in significantly boosting the performance of SKETCH for all three user interfaces. @Article{POPL20p56, author = {Shengwei An and Rishabh Singh and Sasa Misailovic and Roopsha Samanta}, title = {Augmented ExampleBased Synthesis using Relational Perturbation Properties}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {56}, numpages = {24}, doi = {10.1145/3371124}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Skupin, Ingo 
POPL '20: "Decomposition Diversity with ..."
Decomposition Diversity with Symmetric Data and Codata
David Binder, Julian Jabs, Ingo Skupin, and Klaus Ostermann (University of Tübingen, Germany) The expression problem describes a fundamental tradeoff in program design: Should a program's primary decomposition be determined by the way its domain objects are constructed ("functional" decomposition), or by the way they are destructed ("objectoriented" decomposition)? We argue that programming languages should not force one of these decompositions on the programmer; rather, a programming language should support both ways of decomposing a program in a symmetric way, with an easy translation between these decompositions. However, current programming languages are usually not symmetric and hence make it unnecessarily hard to switch the decomposition. We propose a language that is symmetric in this regard and allows a fully automatic translation between "functional" and "objectoriented" decomposition. We present a language with algebraic data types and pattern matching for "functional" decomposition and codata types and copattern matching for "objectoriented" decomposition, together with a bijective translation that turns a data type into a codata type ("destructorization") or vice versa ("constructorization"). We present the first symmetric programming language with support for local (co)pattern matching, which includes local anonymous function or object definitions, that allows an automatic translation as described above. We also present the first mechanical formalization of such a language and prove i) that the type system is sound, that the translations between data and codata types are ii) typepreserving, iii) behaviorpreserving and iv) inverses of each other. We also extract a mechanically verified implementation from our formalization and have implemented an IDE with direct support for these translations. @Article{POPL20p30, author = {David Binder and Julian Jabs and Ingo Skupin and Klaus Ostermann}, title = {Decomposition Diversity with Symmetric Data and Codata}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {30}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371098}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Functional 

Smolka, Steffen 
POPL '20: "Guarded Kleene Algebra with ..."
Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests: Verification of Uninterpreted Programs in Nearly Linear Time
Steffen Smolka, Nate Foster, Justin Hsu, Tobias Kappé, Dexter Kozen, and Alexandra Silva (Cornell University, USA; University of WisconsinMadison, USA; University College London, UK) Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests (GKAT) is a variation on Kleene Algebra with Tests (KAT) that arises by restricting the union (+) and iteration (*) operations from KAT to predicateguarded versions. We develop the (co)algebraic theory of GKAT and show how it can be efficiently used to reason about imperative programs. In contrast to KAT, whose equational theory is PSPACEcomplete, we show that the equational theory of GKAT is (almost) linear time. We also provide a full Kleene theorem and prove completeness for an analogue of Salomaa’s axiomatization of Kleene Algebra. @Article{POPL20p61, author = {Steffen Smolka and Nate Foster and Justin Hsu and Tobias Kappé and Dexter Kozen and Alexandra Silva}, title = {Guarded Kleene Algebra with Tests: Verification of Uninterpreted Programs in Nearly Linear Time}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {61}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371129}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Song, Youngju 
POPL '20: "CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly ..."
CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly Linking and Lightweight Modular Verification
Youngju Song, Minki Cho, Dongjoo Kim, Yonghyun Kim, Jeehoon Kang, and ChungKil Hur (Seoul National University, South Korea; KAIST, South Korea) Supporting multilanguage linking such as linking C and handwritten assembly modules in the verified compiler CompCert requires a more compositional verification technique than that used in CompCert just supporting separate compilation. The two extensions, CompCertX and Compositional CompCert, supporting multilanguage linking take different approaches. The former simplifies the problem by imposing restrictions that the source modules should have no mutual dependence and be verified against certain wellbehaved specifications. On the other hand, the latter develops a new verification technique that directly solves the problem but at the expense of significantly increasing the verification cost. In this paper, we develop a novel lightweight verification technique, called RUSC (Refinement Under Selfrelated Contexts), and demonstrate how RUSC can solve the problem without any restrictions but still with low verification overhead. For this, we develop CompCertM, a full extension of the latest version of CompCert supporting multilanguage linking. Moreover, we demonstrate the power of RUSC as a program verification technique by modularly verifying interesting programs consisting of C and handwritten assembly against their mathematical specifications. @Article{POPL20p23, author = {Youngju Song and Minki Cho and Dongjoo Kim and Yonghyun Kim and Jeehoon Kang and ChungKil Hur}, title = {CompCertM: CompCert with CAssembly Linking and Lightweight Modular Verification}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {23}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371091}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Sozeau, Matthieu 
POPL '20: "Coq Coq Correct! Verification ..."
Coq Coq Correct! Verification of Type Checking and Erasure for Coq, in Coq
Matthieu Sozeau, Simon Boulier, Yannick Forster, Nicolas Tabareau, and Théo Winterhalter (Inria, France; IRIF, France; CNRS, France; University of Paris Diderot, France; Saarland University, Germany) Coq is built around a welldelimited kernel that perfoms typechecking for definitions in a variant of the Calculus of Inductive Constructions (CIC). Although the metatheory of CIC is very stable and reliable, the correctness of its implementation in Coq is less clear. Indeed, implementing an efficient type checker for CIC is a rather complex task, and many parts of the code rely on implicit invariants which can easily be broken by further evolution of the code. Therefore, on average, one critical bug has been found every year in Coq. This paper presents the first implementation of a type checker for the kernel of Coq (without the module system and template polymorphism), which is proven correct in Coq with respect to its formal specification and axiomatisation of part of its metatheory. Note that because of Gödel's incompleteness theorem, there is no hope to prove completely the correctness of the specification of Coq inside Coq (in particular strong normalisation or canonicity), but it is possible to prove the correctness of the implementation assuming the correctness of the specification, thus moving from a trusted code base (TCB) to a trusted theory base (TTB) paradigm. Our work is based on the MetaCoq project which provides metaprogramming facilities to work with terms and declarations at the level of this kernel. Our type checker is based on the specification of the typing relation of the Polymorphic, Cumulative Calculus of Inductive Constructions (PCUIC) at the basis of Coq and the verification of a relatively efficient and sound typechecker for it. In addition to the kernel implementation, an essential feature of Coq is the socalled extraction: the production of executable code in functional languages from Coq definitions. We present a verified version of this subtle typeandproof erasure step, therefore enabling the verified extraction of a safe typechecker for Coq. @Article{POPL20p8, author = {Matthieu Sozeau and Simon Boulier and Yannick Forster and Nicolas Tabareau and Théo Winterhalter}, title = {Coq Coq Correct! Verification of Type Checking and Erasure for Coq, in Coq}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {8}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371076}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Su, Zhendong 
POPL '20: "Detecting FloatingPoint Errors ..."
Detecting FloatingPoint Errors via Atomic Conditions
Daming Zou, Muhan Zeng, Yingfei Xiong, Zhoulai Fu, Lu Zhang, and Zhendong Su (Peking University, China; IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark; ETH Zurich, Switzerland) This paper tackles the important, difficult problem of detecting program inputs that trigger large floatingpoint errors in numerical code. It introduces a novel, principled dynamic analysis that leverages the mathematically rigorously analyzed condition numbers for atomic numerical operations, which we call atomic conditions, to effectively guide the search for large floatingpoint errors. Compared with existing approaches, our work based on atomic conditions has several distinctive benefits: (1) it does not rely on highprecision implementations to act as approximate oracles, which are difficult to obtain in general and computationally costly; and (2) atomic conditions provide accurate, modular search guidance. These benefits in combination lead to a highly effective approach that detects more significant errors in realworld code (e.g., widelyused numerical library functions) and achieves several orders of speedups over the stateoftheart, thus making error analysis significantly more practical. We expect the methodology and principles behind our approach to benefit other floatingpoint program analysis tasks such as debugging, repair and synthesis. To facilitate the reproduction of our work, we have made our implementation, evaluation data and results publicly available on GitHub at https://github.com/FPAnalysis/atomiccondition. @Article{POPL20p60, author = {Daming Zou and Muhan Zeng and Yingfei Xiong and Zhoulai Fu and Lu Zhang and Zhendong Su}, title = {Detecting FloatingPoint Errors via Atomic Conditions}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {60}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371128}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Sundar, Samanvitha 
POPL '20: "Does Blame Shifting Work? ..."
Does Blame Shifting Work?
Lukas Lazarek, Alexis King, Samanvitha Sundar, Robert Bruce Findler, and Christos Dimoulas (Northwestern University, USA) Contract systems, especially of the higherorder flavor, go hand in hand with blame. The pragmatic purpose of blame is to narrow down the code that a programmer needs to examine to locate the bug when the contract system discovers a contract violation. Or so the literature on higherorder contracts claims. In reality, however, there is neither empirical nor theoretical evidence that connects blame with the location of bugs. The reputation of blame as a tool for weeding out bugs rests on anecdotes about how programmers use contracts to shift blame and their attention from one part of a program to another until they discover the source of the problem. This paper aims to fill the apparent gap and shed light to the relation between blame and bugs. To that end, we introduce an empirical methodology for investigating whether, for a given contract system, it is possible to translate blame information to the location of bugs in a systematic manner. Our methodology is inspired by how programmers attempt to increase the precision of the contracts of a blamed component in order to shift blame to another component, which becomes the next candidate for containing the bug. In particular, we construct a framework that enables us to ask for a contract system whether (i) the process of blame shifting causes blame to eventually settle to the component that contains the bug; and (ii) every shift moves blame ``closer'' to the faulty component. Our methodology offers a rigorous means for evaluating the pragmatics of contract systems, and we employ it to analyze Racket's contract system. Along the way, we uncover subtle points about the pragmatic meaning of contracts and blame in Racket: (i) the expressiveness of Racket's offtheshelf contract language is not sufficient to narrow down the blamed portion of the code to the faulty component in all cases; and (ii) contracts that trigger state changes (even unexpectedly, perhaps in the runtime system's data structures or caches) interfere with program evaluation in subtle ways and thus blame shifting can lead programmers on a detour when searching for a bug. These points highlight how evaluations such as ours suggest fixes to language design. @Article{POPL20p65, author = {Lukas Lazarek and Alexis King and Samanvitha Sundar and Robert Bruce Findler and Christos Dimoulas}, title = {Does Blame Shifting Work?}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {65}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371133}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Sweet, Ian 
POPL '20: "A Language for Probabilistically ..."
A Language for Probabilistically Oblivious Computation
David Darais, Ian Sweet, Chang Liu, and Michael Hicks (University of Vermont, USA; University of Maryland, USA; Citadel Securities, USA) An oblivious computation is one that is free of direct and indirect information leaks, e.g., due to observable differences in timing and memory access patterns. This paper presents Lambda Obliv, a core language whose type system enforces obliviousness. Prior work on typeenforced oblivious computation has focused on deterministic programs. Lambda Obliv is new in its consideration of programs that implement probabilistic algorithms, such as those involved in cryptography. Lambda Obliv employs a substructural type system and a novel notion of probability region to ensure that information is not leaked via the observed distribution of visible events. Probability regions support reasoning about probabilistic correlation and independence between values, and our use of probability regions is motivated by a source of unsoundness that we discovered in the type system of ObliVM, a language for implementing state of the art oblivious algorithms. We prove that Lambda Obliv's type system enforces obliviousness and show that it is expressive enough to typecheck advanced treebased oblivious RAMs. @Article{POPL20p50, author = {David Darais and Ian Sweet and Chang Liu and Michael Hicks}, title = {A Language for Probabilistically Oblivious Computation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {50}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371118}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Tabareau, Nicolas 
POPL '20: "The Fire Triangle: How to ..."
The Fire Triangle: How to Mix Substitution, Dependent Elimination, and Effects
PierreMarie Pédrot and Nicolas Tabareau (Inria, France) There is a critical tension between substitution, dependent elimination and effects in type theory. In this paper, we crystallize this tension in the form of a nogo theorem that constitutes the fire triangle of type theory. To release this tension, we propose ∂CBPV, an extension of callbypushvalue (CBPV) —a general calculus of effects—to dependent types. Then, by extending to ∂CBPV the wellknown decompositions of callbyname and callbyvalue into CBPV, we show why, in presence of effects, dependent elimination must be restricted in callbyname, and substitution must be restricted in callbyvalue. To justify ∂CBPV and show that it is general enough to interpret many kinds of effects, we define various effectful syntactic translations from ∂CBPV to MartinLöf type theory: the reader, weaning and forcing translations. @Article{POPL20p58, author = {PierreMarie Pédrot and Nicolas Tabareau}, title = {The Fire Triangle: How to Mix Substitution, Dependent Elimination, and Effects}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {58}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371126}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search POPL '20: "Coq Coq Correct! Verification ..." Coq Coq Correct! Verification of Type Checking and Erasure for Coq, in Coq Matthieu Sozeau, Simon Boulier, Yannick Forster, Nicolas Tabareau, and Théo Winterhalter (Inria, France; IRIF, France; CNRS, France; University of Paris Diderot, France; Saarland University, Germany) Coq is built around a welldelimited kernel that perfoms typechecking for definitions in a variant of the Calculus of Inductive Constructions (CIC). Although the metatheory of CIC is very stable and reliable, the correctness of its implementation in Coq is less clear. Indeed, implementing an efficient type checker for CIC is a rather complex task, and many parts of the code rely on implicit invariants which can easily be broken by further evolution of the code. Therefore, on average, one critical bug has been found every year in Coq. This paper presents the first implementation of a type checker for the kernel of Coq (without the module system and template polymorphism), which is proven correct in Coq with respect to its formal specification and axiomatisation of part of its metatheory. Note that because of Gödel's incompleteness theorem, there is no hope to prove completely the correctness of the specification of Coq inside Coq (in particular strong normalisation or canonicity), but it is possible to prove the correctness of the implementation assuming the correctness of the specification, thus moving from a trusted code base (TCB) to a trusted theory base (TTB) paradigm. Our work is based on the MetaCoq project which provides metaprogramming facilities to work with terms and declarations at the level of this kernel. Our type checker is based on the specification of the typing relation of the Polymorphic, Cumulative Calculus of Inductive Constructions (PCUIC) at the basis of Coq and the verification of a relatively efficient and sound typechecker for it. In addition to the kernel implementation, an essential feature of Coq is the socalled extraction: the production of executable code in functional languages from Coq definitions. We present a verified version of this subtle typeandproof erasure step, therefore enabling the verified extraction of a safe typechecker for Coq. @Article{POPL20p8, author = {Matthieu Sozeau and Simon Boulier and Yannick Forster and Nicolas Tabareau and Théo Winterhalter}, title = {Coq Coq Correct! Verification of Type Checking and Erasure for Coq, in Coq}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {8}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371076}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Thakur, Aditya V. 
POPL '20: "Deterministic Parallel Fixpoint ..."
Deterministic Parallel Fixpoint Computation
Sung Kook Kim, Arnaud J. Venet, and Aditya V. Thakur (University of California at Davis, USA; Facebook, USA) Abstract interpretation is a general framework for expressing static program analyses. It reduces the problem of extracting properties of a program to computing an approximation of the least fixpoint of a system of equations. The de facto approach for computing this approximation uses a sequential algorithm based on weak topological order (WTO). This paper presents a deterministic parallel algorithm for fixpoint computation by introducing the notion of weak partial order (WPO). We present an algorithm for constructing a WPO in almostlinear time. Finally, we describe Pikos, our deterministic parallel abstract interpreter, which extends the sequential abstract interpreter IKOS. We evaluate the performance and scalability of Pikos on a suite of 1017 C programs. When using 4 cores, Pikos achieves an average speedup of 2.06x over IKOS, with a maximum speedup of 3.63x. When using 16 cores, Pikos achieves a maximum speedup of 10.97x. @Article{POPL20p14, author = {Sung Kook Kim and Arnaud J. Venet and Aditya V. Thakur}, title = {Deterministic Parallel Fixpoint Computation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {14}, numpages = {33}, doi = {10.1145/3371082}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Thiemann, Peter 
POPL '20: "LabelDependent Session Types ..."
LabelDependent Session Types
Peter Thiemann and Vasco T. Vasconcelos (University of Freiburg, Germany; University of Lisbon, Portugal) Session types have emerged as a typing discipline for communication protocols. Existing calculi with session types come equipped with many different primitives that combine communication with the introduction or elimination of the transmitted value. We present a foundational session type calculus with a lightweight operational semantics. It fully decouples communication from the introduction and elimination of data and thus features a single communication reduction, which acts as a rendezvous between senders and receivers. We achieve this decoupling by introducing labeldependent session types, a minimalist valuedependent session type system with subtyping. The system is sufficiently powerful to simulate existing functional session type systems. Compared to such systems, labeldependent session types place fewer restrictions on the code. We further introduce primitive recursion over natural numbers at the type level, thus allowing to describe protocols whose behaviour depends on numbers exchanged in messages. An algorithmic type checking system is introduced and proved equivalent to its declarative counterpart. The new calculus showcases a novel lightweight integration of dependent types and linear typing, with has uses beyond session type systems. @Article{POPL20p67, author = {Peter Thiemann and Vasco T. Vasconcelos}, title = {LabelDependent Session Types}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {67}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371135}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Timany, Amin 
POPL '20: "The Future is Ours: Prophecy ..."
The Future is Ours: Prophecy Variables in Separation Logic
Ralf Jung, Rodolphe Lepigre, Gaurav Parthasarathy, Marianna Rapoport, Amin Timany, Derek Dreyer, and Bart Jacobs (MPISWS, Germany; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; University of Waterloo, Canada; KU Leuven, Belgium) Early in the development of Hoare logic, Owicki and Gries introduced auxiliary variables as a way of encoding information about the history of a program’s execution that is useful for verifying its correctness. Over a decade later, Abadi and Lamport observed that it is sometimes also necessary to know in advance what a program will do in the future. To address this need, they proposed prophecy variables, originally as a proof technique for refinement mappings between state machines. However, despite the fact that prophecy variables are a clearly useful reasoning mechanism, there is (surprisingly) almost no work that attempts to integrate them into Hoare logic. In this paper, we present the first account of prophecy variables in a Hoarestyle program logic that is flexible enough to verify logical atomicity (a relative of linearizability) for classic examples from the concurrency literature like RDCSS and the HerlihyWing queue. Our account is formalized in the Iris framework for separation logic in Coq. It makes essential use of ownership to encode the exclusive right to resolve a prophecy, which in turn enables us to enforce soundness of prophecies with a very simple set of proof rules. @Article{POPL20p45, author = {Ralf Jung and Rodolphe Lepigre and Gaurav Parthasarathy and Marianna Rapoport and Amin Timany and Derek Dreyer and Bart Jacobs}, title = {The Future is Ours: Prophecy Variables in Separation Logic}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {45}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371113}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Trieu, Alix 
POPL '20: "Formal Verification of a ConstantTime ..."
Formal Verification of a ConstantTime Preserving C Compiler
Gilles Barthe, Sandrine Blazy, Benjamin Grégoire, Rémi Hutin, Vincent Laporte, David Pichardie, and Alix Trieu (MPI for Security and Privacy, Germany; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; University of Rennes, France; Inria, France; CNRS, France; IRISA, France; Aarhus University, Denmark) Timing sidechannels are arguably one of the main sources of vulnerabilities in cryptographic implementations. One effective mitigation against timing sidechannels is to write programs that do not perform secretdependent branches and memory accesses. This mitigation, known as "cryptographic constanttime", is adopted by several popular cryptographic libraries. This paper focuses on compilation of cryptographic constanttime programs, and more specifically on the following question: is the code generated by a realistic compiler for a constanttime source program itself provably constanttime? Surprisingly, we answer the question positively for a mildly modified version of the CompCert compiler, a formally verified and moderately optimizing compiler for C. Concretely, we modify the CompCert compiler to eliminate sources of potential leakage. Then, we instrument the operational semantics of CompCert intermediate languages so as to be able to capture cryptographic constanttime. Finally, we prove that the modified CompCert compiler preserves constanttime. Our mechanization maximizes reuse of the CompCert correctness proof, through the use of new proof techniques for proving preservation of constanttime. These techniques achieve complementary tradeoffs between generality and tractability of proof effort, and are of independent interest. @Article{POPL20p7, author = {Gilles Barthe and Sandrine Blazy and Benjamin Grégoire and Rémi Hutin and Vincent Laporte and David Pichardie and Alix Trieu}, title = {Formal Verification of a ConstantTime Preserving C Compiler}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {7}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371075}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Turner, Milo 
POPL '20: "Dependent Type Systems as ..."
Dependent Type Systems as Macros
Stephen Chang, Michael Ballantyne, Milo Turner, and William J. Bowman (Northeastern University, USA; PLT Group, USA; University of British Columbia, Canada) We present Turnstile+, a highlevel, macrosbased metaDSL for building dependently typed languages. With it, programmers may rapidly prototype and iterate on the design of new dependently typed features and extensions. Or they may create entirely new DSLs whose dependent type ``power'' is tailored to a specific domain. Our framework's support of languageoriented programming also makes it suitable for experimenting with systems of interacting components, e.g., a proof assistant and its companion DSLs. This paper explains the implementation details of Turnstile+, as well as how it may be used to create a widevariety of dependently typed languages, from a lightweight one with indexed types, to a full spectrum proof assistant, complete with a tactic system and extensions for features like sized types and SMT interaction. @Article{POPL20p3, author = {Stephen Chang and Michael Ballantyne and Milo Turner and William J. Bowman}, title = {Dependent Type Systems as Macros}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {3}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371071}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Vafeiadis, Viktor 
POPL '20: "Persistency Semantics of the ..."
Persistency Semantics of the Intelx86 Architecture
Azalea Raad, John Wickerson, Gil Neiger, and Viktor Vafeiadis (MPISWS, Germany; Imperial College London, UK; Intel Labs, USA) Emerging nonvolatile memory (NVM) technologies promise the durability of disks with the performance of RAM. To describe the persistency guarantees of NVM, several memory persistency models have been proposed in the literature. However, the persistency semantics of the ubiquitous x86 architecture remains unexplored to date. To close this gap, we develop the Px86 (‘persistent x86’) model, formalising the persistency semantics of Intelx86 for the first time. We formulate Px86 both operationally and declaratively, and prove that the two characterisations are equivalent. To demonstrate the application of Px86, we develop two persistent libraries over Px86: a persistent transactional library, and a persistent variant of the Michael–Scott queue. Finally, we encode our declarative Px86 model in Alloy and use it to generate persistency litmus tests automatically. @Article{POPL20p11, author = {Azalea Raad and John Wickerson and Gil Neiger and Viktor Vafeiadis}, title = {Persistency Semantics of the Intelx86 Architecture}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {11}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371079}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info 

Vandenbroucke, Alexander 
POPL '20: "PλωNK: Functional Probabilistic ..."
PλωNK: Functional Probabilistic NetKAT
Alexander Vandenbroucke and Tom Schrijvers (KU Leuven, Belgium) This work presents PλωNK, a functional probabilistic network programming language that extends Probabilistic NetKAT (PNK). Like PNK, it enables probabilistic modelling of network behaviour, by providing probabilistic choice and infinite iteration (to simulate looping network packets). Yet, unlike PNK, it also offers abstraction and higherorder functions to make programming much more convenient. The formalisation of PλωNK is challenging for two reasons: Firstly, network programming induces multiple side effects (in particular, parallelism and probabilistic choice) which need to be carefully controlled in a functional setting. Our system uses an explicit syntax for thunks and sequencing which makes the interplay of these effects explicit. Secondly, measure theory, the standard domain for formalisations of (continuous) probablistic languages, does not admit higherorder functions. We address this by leveraging ωQuasi Borel Spaces (ωQBSes), a recent advancement in the domain theory of probabilistic programming languages. We believe that our work is not only useful for bringing abstraction to PNK, but that—as part of our contribution—we have developed the metatheory for a probabilistic language that combines advanced features like higherorder functions, iteration and parallelism, which may inform similar metatheoretic efforts. @Article{POPL20p39, author = {Alexander Vandenbroucke and Tom Schrijvers}, title = {PλωNK: Functional Probabilistic NetKAT}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {39}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371107}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info 

Vandikas, Anthony 
POPL '20: "Reductions for Safety Proofs ..."
Reductions for Safety Proofs
Azadeh Farzan and Anthony Vandikas (University of Toronto, Canada) Program reductions are used widely to simplify reasoning about the correctness of concurrent and distributed programs. In this paper, we propose a general approach to proof simplification of concurrent programs based on exploring generic classes of reductions. We introduce two classes of sound program reductions, study their theoretical properties, show how they can be effectively used in algorithmic verification, and demonstrate that they are very effective in producing proofs of a diverse class of programs without targeting specific syntactic properties of these programs. The most novel contribution of this paper is the introduction of the concept of context in the definition of program reductions. We demonstrate how commutativity of program steps in some program contexts can be used to define a generic class of sound reductions which can be used to automatically produce proofs for programs whose complete FloydHoare style proofs are theoretically beyond the reach of automated verification technology of today. @Article{POPL20p13, author = {Azadeh Farzan and Anthony Vandikas}, title = {Reductions for Safety Proofs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {13}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371081}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Van Muylder, Antoine 
POPL '20: "The Next 700 Relational Program ..."
The Next 700 Relational Program Logics
Kenji Maillard, Cătălin Hriţcu, Exequiel Rivas, and Antoine Van Muylder (Inria, France; ENS, France; University of Paris, France) We propose the first framework for defining relational program logics for arbitrary monadic effects. The framework is embedded within a relational dependent type theory and is highly expressive. At the semantic level, we provide an algebraic presentation of relational specifications as a class of relative monads, and link computations and specifications by introducing relational effect observations, which map pairs of monadic computations to relational specifications in a way that respects the algebraic structure. For an arbitrary relational effect observation, we generically define the core of a sound relational program logic, and explain how to complete it to a fullfledged logic for the monadic effect at hand. We show that this generic framework can be used to define relational program logics for effects as diverse as state, inputoutput, nondeterminism, and discrete probabilities. We, moreover, show that by instantiating our framework with state and unbounded iteration we can embed a variant of Benton's Relational Hoare Logic, and also sketch how to reconstruct Relational Hoare Type Theory. Finally, we identify and overcome conceptual challenges that prevented previous relational program logics from properly dealing with control effects, and are the first to provide a relational program logic for exceptions. @Article{POPL20p4, author = {Kenji Maillard and Cătălin Hriţcu and Exequiel Rivas and Antoine Van Muylder}, title = {The Next 700 Relational Program Logics}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {4}, numpages = {33}, doi = {10.1145/3371072}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Vasconcelos, Vasco T. 
POPL '20: "LabelDependent Session Types ..."
LabelDependent Session Types
Peter Thiemann and Vasco T. Vasconcelos (University of Freiburg, Germany; University of Lisbon, Portugal) Session types have emerged as a typing discipline for communication protocols. Existing calculi with session types come equipped with many different primitives that combine communication with the introduction or elimination of the transmitted value. We present a foundational session type calculus with a lightweight operational semantics. It fully decouples communication from the introduction and elimination of data and thus features a single communication reduction, which acts as a rendezvous between senders and receivers. We achieve this decoupling by introducing labeldependent session types, a minimalist valuedependent session type system with subtyping. The system is sufficiently powerful to simulate existing functional session type systems. Compared to such systems, labeldependent session types place fewer restrictions on the code. We further introduce primitive recursion over natural numbers at the type level, thus allowing to describe protocols whose behaviour depends on numbers exchanged in messages. An algorithmic type checking system is introduced and proved equivalent to its declarative counterpart. The new calculus showcases a novel lightweight integration of dependent types and linear typing, with has uses beyond session type systems. @Article{POPL20p67, author = {Peter Thiemann and Vasco T. Vasconcelos}, title = {LabelDependent Session Types}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {67}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371135}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Vazou, Niki 
POPL '20: "Liquidate Your Assets: Reasoning ..."
Liquidate Your Assets: Reasoning about Resource Usage in Liquid Haskell
Martin A. T. Handley, Niki Vazou, and Graham Hutton (University of Nottingham, UK; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain) Liquid Haskell is an extension to the type system of Haskell that supports formal reasoning about program correctness by encoding logical properties as refinement types. In this article, we show how Liquid Haskell can also be used to reason about program efficiency in the same setting. We use the system's existing verification machinery to ensure that the results of our cost analysis are valid, together with custom invariants for particular program contexts to ensure that the results of our analysis are precise. To illustrate our approach, we analyse the efficiency of a wide range of popular data structures and algorithms, and in doing so, explore various notions of resource usage. Our experience is that reasoning about efficiency in Liquid Haskell is often just as simple as reasoning about correctness, and that the two can naturally be combined. @Article{POPL20p24, author = {Martin A. T. Handley and Niki Vazou and Graham Hutton}, title = {Liquidate Your Assets: Reasoning about Resource Usage in Liquid Haskell}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {24}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371092}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Venet, Arnaud J. 
POPL '20: "Deterministic Parallel Fixpoint ..."
Deterministic Parallel Fixpoint Computation
Sung Kook Kim, Arnaud J. Venet, and Aditya V. Thakur (University of California at Davis, USA; Facebook, USA) Abstract interpretation is a general framework for expressing static program analyses. It reduces the problem of extracting properties of a program to computing an approximation of the least fixpoint of a system of equations. The de facto approach for computing this approximation uses a sequential algorithm based on weak topological order (WTO). This paper presents a deterministic parallel algorithm for fixpoint computation by introducing the notion of weak partial order (WPO). We present an algorithm for constructing a WPO in almostlinear time. Finally, we describe Pikos, our deterministic parallel abstract interpreter, which extends the sequential abstract interpreter IKOS. We evaluate the performance and scalability of Pikos on a suite of 1017 C programs. When using 4 cores, Pikos achieves an average speedup of 2.06x over IKOS, with a maximum speedup of 3.63x. When using 16 cores, Pikos achieves a maximum speedup of 10.97x. @Article{POPL20p14, author = {Sung Kook Kim and Arnaud J. Venet and Aditya V. Thakur}, title = {Deterministic Parallel Fixpoint Computation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {14}, numpages = {33}, doi = {10.1145/3371082}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Viswanathan, Mahesh 
POPL '20: "Deciding Memory Safety for ..."
Deciding Memory Safety for SinglePass HeapManipulating Programs
Umang Mathur, Adithya Murali, Paul Krogmeier, P. Madhusudan, and Mahesh Viswanathan (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, USA) We investigate the decidability of automatic program verification for programs that manipulate heaps, and in particular, decision procedures for proving memory safety for them. We extend recent work that identified a decidable subclass of uninterpreted programs to a class of aliasaware programs that can update maps. We apply this theory to develop verification algorithms for memory safety— determining if a heapmanipulating program that allocates and frees memory locations and manipulates heap pointers does not dereference an unallocated memory location. We show that this problem is decidable when the initial allocated heap forms a forest datastructure and when programs are streamingcoherent, which intuitively restricts programs to make a single pass over a datastructure. Our experimental evaluation on a set of library routines that manipulate forest datastructures shows that common singlepass algorithms on datastructures often fall in the decidable class, and that our decision procedure is efficient in verifying them. @Article{POPL20p35, author = {Umang Mathur and Adithya Murali and Paul Krogmeier and P. Madhusudan and Mahesh Viswanathan}, title = {Deciding Memory Safety for SinglePass HeapManipulating Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {35}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371103}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Walker, David 
POPL '20: "Abstract Interpretation of ..."
Abstract Interpretation of Distributed Network Control Planes
Ryan Beckett, Aarti Gupta, Ratul Mahajan, and David Walker (Microsoft Research, USA; Princeton University, USA; University of Washington, USA; Intentionet, USA) The control plane of most computer networks runs distributed routing protocols that determine if and how traffic is forwarded. Errors in the configuration of network control planes frequently knock down critical online services, leading to economic damage for service providers and significant hardship for users. Validation via aheadoftime simulation can help find configuration errors but such techniques are expensive or even intractable for large industrial networks. We explore the use of abstract interpretation to address this fundamental scaling challenge and find that the right abstractions can reduce the asymptotic complexity of network simulation. Based on this observation, we build a tool called ShapeShifter for reachability analysis. On a suite of 127 production networks from a large cloud provider, ShapeShifter provides an asymptotic improvement in runtime and memory over the stateoftheart simulator. These gains come with a minimal loss in precision. Our abstract analysis accurately predicts reachability for all destinations for 95% of the networks and for most destinations for the remaining 5%. We also find that abstract interpretation of network control planes not only speeds up existing analyses but also facilitates new kinds of analyses. We illustrate this advantage through a new destination "hijacking" analysis for the border gateway protocol (BGP), the globallydeployed routing protocol. @Article{POPL20p42, author = {Ryan Beckett and Aarti Gupta and Ratul Mahajan and David Walker}, title = {Abstract Interpretation of Distributed Network Control Planes}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {42}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371110}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Wang, Chenglong 
POPL '20: "Visualization by Example ..."
Visualization by Example
Chenglong Wang, Yu Feng, Rastislav Bodik, Alvin Cheung, and Isil Dillig (University of Washington, USA; University of California at Santa Barbara, USA; University of California at Berkeley, USA; University of Texas at Austin, USA) While visualizations play a crucial role in gaining insights from data, generating useful visualizations from a complex dataset is far from an easy task. In particular, besides understanding the functionality provided by existing visualization libraries, generating the desired visualization also requires reshaping and aggregating the underlying data as well as composing different visual elements to achieve the intended visual narrative. This paper aims to simplify visualization tasks by automatically synthesizing the required program from simple visual sketches provided by the user. Specifically, given an input data set and a visual sketch that demonstrates how to visualize a very small subset of this data, our technique automatically generates a program that can be used to visualize the entire data set. From a program synthesis perspective, automating visualization tasks poses several challenges that are not addressed by prior techniques. First, because many visualization tasks require data wrangling in addition to generating plots from a given table, we need to decompose the endtoend synthesis task into two separate subproblems. Second, because the intermediate specification that results from the decomposition is necessarily imprecise, this makes the data wrangling task particularly challenging in our context. In this paper, we address these problems by developing a new compositional visualizationbyexample technique that (a) decomposes the endtoend task into two different synthesis problems over different DSLs and (b) leverages bidirectional program analysis to deal with the complexity that arises from having an imprecise intermediate specification. We have implemented our visualizationbyexample approach in a tool called Viser and evaluate it on over 80 visualization tasks collected from online forums and tutorials. Viser can solve 84 of these benchmarks within a 600 second time limit, and, for those tasks that can be solved, the desired visualization is among the top5 generated by Viser in 70% of the cases. @Article{POPL20p49, author = {Chenglong Wang and Yu Feng and Rastislav Bodik and Alvin Cheung and Isil Dillig}, title = {Visualization by Example}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {49}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371117}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Wang, Peixin 
POPL '20: "Proving Expected Sensitivity ..."
Proving Expected Sensitivity of Probabilistic Programs with Randomized VariableDependent Termination Time
Peixin Wang, Hongfei Fu, Krishnendu Chatterjee, Yuxin Deng, and Ming Xu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China; IST Austria, Austria; East China Normal University, China; Pengcheng Laboratory, China) The notion of program sensitivity (aka Lipschitz continuity) specifies that changes in the program input result in proportional changes to the program output. For probabilistic programs the notion is naturally extended to expected sensitivity. A previous approach develops a relational program logic framework for proving expected sensitivity of probabilistic while loops, where the number of iterations is fixed and bounded. In this work, we consider probabilistic while loops where the number of iterations is not fixed, but randomized and depends on the initial input values. We present a sound approach for proving expected sensitivity of such programs. Our sound approach is martingalebased and can be automated through existing martingalesynthesis algorithms. Furthermore, our approach is compositional for sequential composition of while loops under a mild side condition. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach on several classical examples from Gambler's Ruin, stochastic hybrid systems and stochastic gradient descent. We also present experimental results showing that our automated approach can handle various probabilistic programs in the literature. @Article{POPL20p25, author = {Peixin Wang and Hongfei Fu and Krishnendu Chatterjee and Yuxin Deng and Ming Xu}, title = {Proving Expected Sensitivity of Probabilistic Programs with Randomized VariableDependent Termination Time}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {25}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371093}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Wang, Ziteng 
POPL '20: "Program Synthesis by TypeGuided ..."
Program Synthesis by TypeGuided Abstraction Refinement
Zheng Guo, Michael James, David Justo, Jiaxiao Zhou, Ziteng Wang, Ranjit Jhala, and Nadia Polikarpova (University of California at San Diego, USA) We consider the problem of typedirected componentbased synthesis where, given a set of (typed) components and a query type, the goal is to synthesize a term that inhabits the query. Classical approaches based on proof search in intuitionistic logics do not scale up to the standard libraries of modern languages, which span hundreds or thousands of components. Recent graph reachability based methods proposed for Java do scale, but only apply to monomorphic data and components: polymorphic data and components infinitely explode the size of the graph that must be searched, rendering synthesis intractable. We introduce typeguided abstraction refinement (TYGAR), a new approach for scalable typedirected synthesis over polymorphic datatypes and components. Our key insight is that we can overcome the explosion by building a graph over abstract types which represent a potentially unbounded set of concrete types. We show how to use graph reachability to search for candidate terms over abstract types, and introduce a new algorithm that uses proofs of untypeability of illtyped candidates to iteratively refine the abstraction until a welltyped result is found. We have implemented TYGAR in H+, a tool that takes as input a set of Haskell libraries and a query type, and returns a Haskell term that uses functions from the provided libraries to implement the query type. Our support for polymorphism allows H+ to work with higherorder functions and type classes, and enables more precise queries due to parametricity. We have evaluated H+ on 44 queries using a set of popular Haskell libraries with a total of 291 components. H+ returns an interesting solution within the first five results for 32 out of 44 queries. Our results show that TYGAR allows H+ to rapidly return welltyped terms, with the median time to first solution of just 1.4 seconds. Moreover, we observe that gains from iterative refinement over exhaustive enumeration are more pronounced on harder queries. @Article{POPL20p12, author = {Zheng Guo and Michael James and David Justo and Jiaxiao Zhou and Ziteng Wang and Ranjit Jhala and Nadia Polikarpova}, title = {Program Synthesis by TypeGuided Abstraction Refinement}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {12}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371080}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Westrick, Sam 
POPL '20: "Disentanglement in NestedParallel ..."
Disentanglement in NestedParallel Programs
Sam Westrick, Rohan Yadav, Matthew Fluet, and Umut A. Acar (Carnegie Mellon University, USA; Rochester Institute of Technology, USA) Nested parallelism has proved to be a popular approach for programming the rapidly expanding range of multicore computers. It allows programmers to express parallelism at a high level and relies on a runtime system and a scheduler to deliver efficiency and scalability. As a result, many programming languages and extensions that support nested parallelism have been developed, including in C/C++, Java, Haskell, and ML. Yet, writing efficient and scalable nested parallel programs remains challenging, primarily due to difficult concurrency bugs arising from destructive updates or effects. For decades, researchers have argued that functional programming can simplify writing parallel programs by allowing more control over effects but functional programs continue to underperform in comparison to parallel programs written in lowerlevel languages. The fundamental difficulty with functional languages is that they have high demand for memory, and this demand only grows with parallelism. In this paper, we identify a memory property, called disentanglement, of nestedparallel programs, and propose memory management techniques for improved efficiency and scalability. Disentanglement allows for (destructive) effects as long as concurrently executing threads do not gain knowledge of the memory objects allocated by each other. We formally define disentanglement by considering an MLlike higherorder language with mutable references and presenting a dynamic semantics for it that enables reasoning about computation graphs of nested parallel programs. Based on this graph semantics, we formalize a classic correctness propertydeterminacy race freedomand prove that it implies disentanglement. This establishes that disentanglement applies to a relatively broad class of parallel programs. We then propose memory management techniques for nestedparallel programs that take advantage of disentanglement for improved efficiency and scalability. We show that these techniques are practical by extending the MLton compiler for Standard ML to support this form of nested parallelism. Our empirical evaluation shows that our techniques are efficient and scale well. @Article{POPL20p47, author = {Sam Westrick and Rohan Yadav and Matthew Fluet and Umut A. Acar}, title = {Disentanglement in NestedParallel Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {47}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371115}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Wickerson, John 
POPL '20: "Persistency Semantics of the ..."
Persistency Semantics of the Intelx86 Architecture
Azalea Raad, John Wickerson, Gil Neiger, and Viktor Vafeiadis (MPISWS, Germany; Imperial College London, UK; Intel Labs, USA) Emerging nonvolatile memory (NVM) technologies promise the durability of disks with the performance of RAM. To describe the persistency guarantees of NVM, several memory persistency models have been proposed in the literature. However, the persistency semantics of the ubiquitous x86 architecture remains unexplored to date. To close this gap, we develop the Px86 (‘persistent x86’) model, formalising the persistency semantics of Intelx86 for the first time. We formulate Px86 both operationally and declaratively, and prove that the two characterisations are equivalent. To demonstrate the application of Px86, we develop two persistent libraries over Px86: a persistent transactional library, and a persistent variant of the Michael–Scott queue. Finally, we encode our declarative Px86 model in Alloy and use it to generate persistency litmus tests automatically. @Article{POPL20p11, author = {Azalea Raad and John Wickerson and Gil Neiger and Viktor Vafeiadis}, title = {Persistency Semantics of the Intelx86 Architecture}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {11}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371079}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info 

Winterhalter, Théo 
POPL '20: "Coq Coq Correct! Verification ..."
Coq Coq Correct! Verification of Type Checking and Erasure for Coq, in Coq
Matthieu Sozeau, Simon Boulier, Yannick Forster, Nicolas Tabareau, and Théo Winterhalter (Inria, France; IRIF, France; CNRS, France; University of Paris Diderot, France; Saarland University, Germany) Coq is built around a welldelimited kernel that perfoms typechecking for definitions in a variant of the Calculus of Inductive Constructions (CIC). Although the metatheory of CIC is very stable and reliable, the correctness of its implementation in Coq is less clear. Indeed, implementing an efficient type checker for CIC is a rather complex task, and many parts of the code rely on implicit invariants which can easily be broken by further evolution of the code. Therefore, on average, one critical bug has been found every year in Coq. This paper presents the first implementation of a type checker for the kernel of Coq (without the module system and template polymorphism), which is proven correct in Coq with respect to its formal specification and axiomatisation of part of its metatheory. Note that because of Gödel's incompleteness theorem, there is no hope to prove completely the correctness of the specification of Coq inside Coq (in particular strong normalisation or canonicity), but it is possible to prove the correctness of the implementation assuming the correctness of the specification, thus moving from a trusted code base (TCB) to a trusted theory base (TTB) paradigm. Our work is based on the MetaCoq project which provides metaprogramming facilities to work with terms and declarations at the level of this kernel. Our type checker is based on the specification of the typing relation of the Polymorphic, Cumulative Calculus of Inductive Constructions (PCUIC) at the basis of Coq and the verification of a relatively efficient and sound typechecker for it. In addition to the kernel implementation, an essential feature of Coq is the socalled extraction: the production of executable code in functional languages from Coq definitions. We present a verified version of this subtle typeandproof erasure step, therefore enabling the verified extraction of a safe typechecker for Coq. @Article{POPL20p8, author = {Matthieu Sozeau and Simon Boulier and Yannick Forster and Nicolas Tabareau and Théo Winterhalter}, title = {Coq Coq Correct! Verification of Type Checking and Erasure for Coq, in Coq}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {8}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371076}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Wolff, Sebastian 
POPL '20: "Pointer Life Cycle Types for ..."
Pointer Life Cycle Types for LockFree Data Structures with Memory Reclamation
Roland Meyer and Sebastian Wolff (TU Braunschweig, Germany) We consider the verification of lockfree data structures that manually manage their memory with the help of a safe memory reclamation (SMR) algorithm. Our first contribution is a type system that checks whether a program properly manages its memory. If the type check succeeds, it is safe to ignore the SMR algorithm and consider the program under garbage collection. Intuitively, our types track the protection of pointers as guaranteed by the SMR algorithm. There are two design decisions. The type system does not track any shape information, which makes it extremely lightweight. Instead, we rely on invariant annotations that postulate a protection by the SMR. To this end, we introduce angels, ghost variables with an angelic semantics. Moreover, the SMR algorithm is not hardcoded but a parameter of the type system definition. To achieve this, we rely on a recent specification language for SMR algorithms. Our second contribution is to automate the type inference and the invariant check. For the type inference, we show a quadratictime algorithm. For the invariant check, we give a sourcetosource translation that links our programs to offtheshelf verification tools. It compiles away the angelic semantics. This allows us to infer appropriate annotations automatically in a guessandcheck manner. To demonstrate the effectiveness of our typebased verification approach, we check linearizability for various list and set implementations from the literature with both hazard pointers and epochbased memory reclamation. For many of the examples, this is the first time they are verified automatically. For the ones where there is a competitor, we obtain a speedup of up to two orders of magnitude. @Article{POPL20p68, author = {Roland Meyer and Sebastian Wolff}, title = {Pointer Life Cycle Types for LockFree Data Structures with Memory Reclamation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {68}, numpages = {36}, doi = {10.1145/3371136}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Xia, Liyao 
POPL '20: "Interaction Trees: Representing ..."
Interaction Trees: Representing Recursive and Impure Programs in Coq
Liyao Xia, Yannick Zakowski, Paul He, ChungKil Hur, Gregory Malecha, Benjamin C. Pierce, and Steve Zdancewic (University of Pennsylvania, USA; Seoul National University, South Korea; BedRock Systems, USA) Interaction trees (ITrees) are a generalpurpose data structure for representing the behaviors of recursive programs that interact with their environments. A coinductive variant of “free monads,” ITrees are built out of uninterpreted events and their continuations. They support compositional construction of interpreters from event handlers, which give meaning to events by defining their semantics as monadic actions. ITrees are expressive enough to represent impure and potentially nonterminating, mutually recursive computations, while admitting a rich equational theory of equivalence up to weak bisimulation. In contrast to other approaches such as relationally specified operational semantics, ITrees are executable via code extraction, making them suitable for debugging, testing, and implementing software artifacts that are amenable to formal verification. We have implemented ITrees and their associated theory as a Coq library, mechanizing classic domain and categorytheoretic results about program semantics, iteration, monadic structures, and equational reasoning. Although the internals of the library rely heavily on coinductive proofs, the interface hides these details so that clients can use and reason about ITrees without explicit use of Coq’s coinduction tactics. To showcase the utility of our theory, we prove the terminationsensitive correctness of a compiler from a simple imperative source language to an assemblylike target whose meanings are given in an ITreebased denotational semantics. Unlike previous results using operational techniques, our bisimulation proof follows straightforwardly by structural induction and elementary rewriting via an equational theory of combinators for controlflow graphs. @Article{POPL20p51, author = {Liyao Xia and Yannick Zakowski and Paul He and ChungKil Hur and Gregory Malecha and Benjamin C. Pierce and Steve Zdancewic}, title = {Interaction Trees: Representing Recursive and Impure Programs in Coq}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {51}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371119}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Xie, Ningning 
POPL '20: "Kind Inference for Datatypes ..."
Kind Inference for Datatypes
Ningning Xie, Richard A. Eisenberg, and Bruno C. d. S. Oliveira (University of Hong Kong, China; Bryn Mawr College, USA; Tweag I/O, UK) In recent years, languages like Haskell have seen a dramatic surge of new features that significantly extends the expressive power of their type systems. With these features, the challenge of kind inference for datatype declarations has presented itself and become a worthy research problem on its own. This paper studies kind inference for datatypes. Inspired by previous research on typeinference, we offer declarative specifications for what datatype declarations should be accepted, both for Haskell98 and for a more advanced system we call PolyKinds, based on the extensions in modern Haskell, including a limited form of dependent types. We believe these formulations to be novel and without precedent, even for Haskell98. These specifications are complemented with implementable algorithmic versions. We study soundness, completeness and the existence of principal kinds in these systems, proving the properties where they hold. This work can serve as a guide both to language designers who wish to formalize their datatype declarations and also to implementors keen to have principled inference of principal types. @Article{POPL20p53, author = {Ningning Xie and Richard A. Eisenberg and Bruno C. d. S. Oliveira}, title = {Kind Inference for Datatypes}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {53}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371121}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Xiong, Yingfei 
POPL '20: "Detecting FloatingPoint Errors ..."
Detecting FloatingPoint Errors via Atomic Conditions
Daming Zou, Muhan Zeng, Yingfei Xiong, Zhoulai Fu, Lu Zhang, and Zhendong Su (Peking University, China; IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark; ETH Zurich, Switzerland) This paper tackles the important, difficult problem of detecting program inputs that trigger large floatingpoint errors in numerical code. It introduces a novel, principled dynamic analysis that leverages the mathematically rigorously analyzed condition numbers for atomic numerical operations, which we call atomic conditions, to effectively guide the search for large floatingpoint errors. Compared with existing approaches, our work based on atomic conditions has several distinctive benefits: (1) it does not rely on highprecision implementations to act as approximate oracles, which are difficult to obtain in general and computationally costly; and (2) atomic conditions provide accurate, modular search guidance. These benefits in combination lead to a highly effective approach that detects more significant errors in realworld code (e.g., widelyused numerical library functions) and achieves several orders of speedups over the stateoftheart, thus making error analysis significantly more practical. We expect the methodology and principles behind our approach to benefit other floatingpoint program analysis tasks such as debugging, repair and synthesis. To facilitate the reproduction of our work, we have made our implementation, evaluation data and results publicly available on GitHub at https://github.com/FPAnalysis/atomiccondition. @Article{POPL20p60, author = {Daming Zou and Muhan Zeng and Yingfei Xiong and Zhoulai Fu and Lu Zhang and Zhendong Su}, title = {Detecting FloatingPoint Errors via Atomic Conditions}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {60}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371128}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Xu, Ming 
POPL '20: "Proving Expected Sensitivity ..."
Proving Expected Sensitivity of Probabilistic Programs with Randomized VariableDependent Termination Time
Peixin Wang, Hongfei Fu, Krishnendu Chatterjee, Yuxin Deng, and Ming Xu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China; IST Austria, Austria; East China Normal University, China; Pengcheng Laboratory, China) The notion of program sensitivity (aka Lipschitz continuity) specifies that changes in the program input result in proportional changes to the program output. For probabilistic programs the notion is naturally extended to expected sensitivity. A previous approach develops a relational program logic framework for proving expected sensitivity of probabilistic while loops, where the number of iterations is fixed and bounded. In this work, we consider probabilistic while loops where the number of iterations is not fixed, but randomized and depends on the initial input values. We present a sound approach for proving expected sensitivity of such programs. Our sound approach is martingalebased and can be automated through existing martingalesynthesis algorithms. Furthermore, our approach is compositional for sequential composition of while loops under a mild side condition. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach on several classical examples from Gambler's Ruin, stochastic hybrid systems and stochastic gradient descent. We also present experimental results showing that our automated approach can handle various probabilistic programs in the literature. @Article{POPL20p25, author = {Peixin Wang and Hongfei Fu and Krishnendu Chatterjee and Yuxin Deng and Ming Xu}, title = {Proving Expected Sensitivity of Probabilistic Programs with Randomized VariableDependent Termination Time}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {25}, numpages = {30}, doi = {10.1145/3371093}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Functional 

Yadav, Rohan 
POPL '20: "Disentanglement in NestedParallel ..."
Disentanglement in NestedParallel Programs
Sam Westrick, Rohan Yadav, Matthew Fluet, and Umut A. Acar (Carnegie Mellon University, USA; Rochester Institute of Technology, USA) Nested parallelism has proved to be a popular approach for programming the rapidly expanding range of multicore computers. It allows programmers to express parallelism at a high level and relies on a runtime system and a scheduler to deliver efficiency and scalability. As a result, many programming languages and extensions that support nested parallelism have been developed, including in C/C++, Java, Haskell, and ML. Yet, writing efficient and scalable nested parallel programs remains challenging, primarily due to difficult concurrency bugs arising from destructive updates or effects. For decades, researchers have argued that functional programming can simplify writing parallel programs by allowing more control over effects but functional programs continue to underperform in comparison to parallel programs written in lowerlevel languages. The fundamental difficulty with functional languages is that they have high demand for memory, and this demand only grows with parallelism. In this paper, we identify a memory property, called disentanglement, of nestedparallel programs, and propose memory management techniques for improved efficiency and scalability. Disentanglement allows for (destructive) effects as long as concurrently executing threads do not gain knowledge of the memory objects allocated by each other. We formally define disentanglement by considering an MLlike higherorder language with mutable references and presenting a dynamic semantics for it that enables reasoning about computation graphs of nested parallel programs. Based on this graph semantics, we formalize a classic correctness propertydeterminacy race freedomand prove that it implies disentanglement. This establishes that disentanglement applies to a relatively broad class of parallel programs. We then propose memory management techniques for nestedparallel programs that take advantage of disentanglement for improved efficiency and scalability. We show that these techniques are practical by extending the MLton compiler for Standard ML to support this form of nested parallelism. Our empirical evaluation shows that our techniques are efficient and scale well. @Article{POPL20p47, author = {Sam Westrick and Rohan Yadav and Matthew Fluet and Umut A. Acar}, title = {Disentanglement in NestedParallel Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {47}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371115}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Yang, Hongseok 
POPL '20: "Towards Verified Stochastic ..."
Towards Verified Stochastic Variational Inference for Probabilistic Programs
Wonyeol Lee, Hangyeol Yu, Xavier Rival, and Hongseok Yang (KAIST, South Korea; Inria, France; ENS, France; CNRS, France; PSL University, France) Probabilistic programming is the idea of writing models from statistics and machine learning using program notations and reasoning about these models using generic inference engines. Recently its combination with deep learning has been explored intensely, which led to the development of so called deep probabilistic programming languages, such as Pyro, Edward and ProbTorch. At the core of this development lie inference engines based on stochastic variational inference algorithms. When asked to find information about the posterior distribution of a model written in such a language, these algorithms convert this posteriorinference query into an optimisation problem and solve it approximately by a form of gradient ascent or descent. In this paper, we analyse one of the most fundamental and versatile variational inference algorithms, called score estimator or REINFORCE, using tools from denotational semantics and program analysis. We formally express what this algorithm does on models denoted by programs, and expose implicit assumptions made by the algorithm on the models. The violation of these assumptions may lead to an undefined optimisation objective or the loss of convergence guarantee of the optimisation process. We then describe rules for proving these assumptions, which can be automated by static program analyses. Some of our rules use nontrivial facts from continuous mathematics, and let us replace requirements about integrals in the assumptions, such as integrability of functions defined in terms of programs' denotations, by conditions involving differentiation or boundedness, which are much easier to prove automatically (and manually). Following our general methodology, we have developed a static program analysis for the Pyro programming language that aims at discharging the assumption about what we call modelguide support match. Our analysis is applied to the eight representative modelguide pairs from the Pyro webpage, which include sophisticated neural network models such as AIR. It finds a bug in one of these cases, reveals a nonstandard use of an inference engine in another, and shows that the assumptions are met in the remaining six cases. @Article{POPL20p16, author = {Wonyeol Lee and Hangyeol Yu and Xavier Rival and Hongseok Yang}, title = {Towards Verified Stochastic Variational Inference for Probabilistic Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {16}, numpages = {33}, doi = {10.1145/3371084}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Ying, Mingsheng 
POPL '20: "Relational Proofs for Quantum ..."
Relational Proofs for Quantum Programs
Gilles Barthe, Justin Hsu, Mingsheng Ying, Nengkun Yu, and Li Zhou (MPI for Security and Privacy, Germany; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; University of WisconsinMadison, USA; University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Institute of Software at Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; Tsinghua University, China) Relational verification of quantum programs has many potential applications in quantum and postquantum security and other domains. We propose a relational program logic for quantum programs. The interpretation of our logic is based on a quantum analogue of probabilistic couplings. We use our logic to verify nontrivial relational properties of quantum programs, including uniformity for samples generated by the quantum Bernoulli factory, reliability of quantum teleportation against noise (bit and phase flip), security of quantum onetime pad and equivalence of quantum walks. @Article{POPL20p21, author = {Gilles Barthe and Justin Hsu and Mingsheng Ying and Nengkun Yu and Li Zhou}, title = {Relational Proofs for Quantum Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {21}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371089}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Yoon, ManKi 
POPL '20: "Virtual Timeline: A Formal ..."
Virtual Timeline: A Formal Abstraction for Verifying Preemptive Schedulers with Temporal Isolation
Mengqi Liu, Lionel Rieg, Zhong Shao, Ronghui Gu, David Costanzo, JungEun Kim, and ManKi Yoon (Yale University, USA; Grenoble Alps University, France; CNRS, France; Grenoble INP, France; VERIMAG, France; Columbia University, USA) The reliability and security of safetycritical realtime systems are of utmost importance because the failure of these systems could incur severe consequences (e.g., loss of lives or failure of a mission). Such properties require strong isolation between components and they rely on enforcement mechanisms provided by the underlying operating system (OS) kernel. In addition to spatial isolation which is commonly provided by OS kernels to various extents, it also requires temporal isolation, that is, properties on the schedule of one component (e.g., schedulability) are independent of behaviors of other components. The strict isolation between components relies critically on algorithmic properties of the concrete implementation of the scheduler, such as timely provision of time slots, obliviousness to preemption, etc. However, existing work either only reasons about an abstract model of the scheduler, or proves properties of the scheduler implementation that are not rich enough to establish the isolation between different components. In this paper, we present a novel compositional framework for reasoning about algorithmic properties of the concrete implementation of preemptive schedulers. In particular, we use virtual timeline, a variant of the supply bound function used in realtime scheduling analysis, to specify and reason about the scheduling of each component in isolation. We show that the properties proved on this abstraction carry down to the generated assembly code of the OS kernel. Using this framework, we successfully verify a realtime OS kernel, which extends mCertiKOS, a singleprocessor nonpreemptive kernel, with userlevel preemption, a verified timer interrupt handler, and a verified realtime scheduler. We prove that in the absence of microarchitecturallevel timing channels, this new kernel enjoys temporal and spatial isolation on top of the functional correctness guarantee. All the proofs are implemented in the Coq proof assistant. @Article{POPL20p20, author = {Mengqi Liu and Lionel Rieg and Zhong Shao and Ronghui Gu and David Costanzo and JungEun Kim and ManKi Yoon}, title = {Virtual Timeline: A Formal Abstraction for Verifying Preemptive Schedulers with Temporal Isolation}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {20}, numpages = {31}, doi = {10.1145/3371088}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Functional 

Yu, Hangyeol 
POPL '20: "Towards Verified Stochastic ..."
Towards Verified Stochastic Variational Inference for Probabilistic Programs
Wonyeol Lee, Hangyeol Yu, Xavier Rival, and Hongseok Yang (KAIST, South Korea; Inria, France; ENS, France; CNRS, France; PSL University, France) Probabilistic programming is the idea of writing models from statistics and machine learning using program notations and reasoning about these models using generic inference engines. Recently its combination with deep learning has been explored intensely, which led to the development of so called deep probabilistic programming languages, such as Pyro, Edward and ProbTorch. At the core of this development lie inference engines based on stochastic variational inference algorithms. When asked to find information about the posterior distribution of a model written in such a language, these algorithms convert this posteriorinference query into an optimisation problem and solve it approximately by a form of gradient ascent or descent. In this paper, we analyse one of the most fundamental and versatile variational inference algorithms, called score estimator or REINFORCE, using tools from denotational semantics and program analysis. We formally express what this algorithm does on models denoted by programs, and expose implicit assumptions made by the algorithm on the models. The violation of these assumptions may lead to an undefined optimisation objective or the loss of convergence guarantee of the optimisation process. We then describe rules for proving these assumptions, which can be automated by static program analyses. Some of our rules use nontrivial facts from continuous mathematics, and let us replace requirements about integrals in the assumptions, such as integrability of functions defined in terms of programs' denotations, by conditions involving differentiation or boundedness, which are much easier to prove automatically (and manually). Following our general methodology, we have developed a static program analysis for the Pyro programming language that aims at discharging the assumption about what we call modelguide support match. Our analysis is applied to the eight representative modelguide pairs from the Pyro webpage, which include sophisticated neural network models such as AIR. It finds a bug in one of these cases, reveals a nonstandard use of an inference engine in another, and shows that the assumptions are met in the remaining six cases. @Article{POPL20p16, author = {Wonyeol Lee and Hangyeol Yu and Xavier Rival and Hongseok Yang}, title = {Towards Verified Stochastic Variational Inference for Probabilistic Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {16}, numpages = {33}, doi = {10.1145/3371084}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Yu, Nengkun 
POPL '20: "Relational Proofs for Quantum ..."
Relational Proofs for Quantum Programs
Gilles Barthe, Justin Hsu, Mingsheng Ying, Nengkun Yu, and Li Zhou (MPI for Security and Privacy, Germany; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; University of WisconsinMadison, USA; University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Institute of Software at Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; Tsinghua University, China) Relational verification of quantum programs has many potential applications in quantum and postquantum security and other domains. We propose a relational program logic for quantum programs. The interpretation of our logic is based on a quantum analogue of probabilistic couplings. We use our logic to verify nontrivial relational properties of quantum programs, including uniformity for samples generated by the quantum Bernoulli factory, reliability of quantum teleportation against noise (bit and phase flip), security of quantum onetime pad and equivalence of quantum walks. @Article{POPL20p21, author = {Gilles Barthe and Justin Hsu and Mingsheng Ying and Nengkun Yu and Li Zhou}, title = {Relational Proofs for Quantum Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {21}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371089}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Zakowski, Yannick 
POPL '20: "Interaction Trees: Representing ..."
Interaction Trees: Representing Recursive and Impure Programs in Coq
Liyao Xia, Yannick Zakowski, Paul He, ChungKil Hur, Gregory Malecha, Benjamin C. Pierce, and Steve Zdancewic (University of Pennsylvania, USA; Seoul National University, South Korea; BedRock Systems, USA) Interaction trees (ITrees) are a generalpurpose data structure for representing the behaviors of recursive programs that interact with their environments. A coinductive variant of “free monads,” ITrees are built out of uninterpreted events and their continuations. They support compositional construction of interpreters from event handlers, which give meaning to events by defining their semantics as monadic actions. ITrees are expressive enough to represent impure and potentially nonterminating, mutually recursive computations, while admitting a rich equational theory of equivalence up to weak bisimulation. In contrast to other approaches such as relationally specified operational semantics, ITrees are executable via code extraction, making them suitable for debugging, testing, and implementing software artifacts that are amenable to formal verification. We have implemented ITrees and their associated theory as a Coq library, mechanizing classic domain and categorytheoretic results about program semantics, iteration, monadic structures, and equational reasoning. Although the internals of the library rely heavily on coinductive proofs, the interface hides these details so that clients can use and reason about ITrees without explicit use of Coq’s coinduction tactics. To showcase the utility of our theory, we prove the terminationsensitive correctness of a compiler from a simple imperative source language to an assemblylike target whose meanings are given in an ITreebased denotational semantics. Unlike previous results using operational techniques, our bisimulation proof follows straightforwardly by structural induction and elementary rewriting via an equational theory of combinators for controlflow graphs. @Article{POPL20p51, author = {Liyao Xia and Yannick Zakowski and Paul He and ChungKil Hur and Gregory Malecha and Benjamin C. Pierce and Steve Zdancewic}, title = {Interaction Trees: Representing Recursive and Impure Programs in Coq}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {51}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371119}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Zdancewic, Steve 
POPL '20: "Interaction Trees: Representing ..."
Interaction Trees: Representing Recursive and Impure Programs in Coq
Liyao Xia, Yannick Zakowski, Paul He, ChungKil Hur, Gregory Malecha, Benjamin C. Pierce, and Steve Zdancewic (University of Pennsylvania, USA; Seoul National University, South Korea; BedRock Systems, USA) Interaction trees (ITrees) are a generalpurpose data structure for representing the behaviors of recursive programs that interact with their environments. A coinductive variant of “free monads,” ITrees are built out of uninterpreted events and their continuations. They support compositional construction of interpreters from event handlers, which give meaning to events by defining their semantics as monadic actions. ITrees are expressive enough to represent impure and potentially nonterminating, mutually recursive computations, while admitting a rich equational theory of equivalence up to weak bisimulation. In contrast to other approaches such as relationally specified operational semantics, ITrees are executable via code extraction, making them suitable for debugging, testing, and implementing software artifacts that are amenable to formal verification. We have implemented ITrees and their associated theory as a Coq library, mechanizing classic domain and categorytheoretic results about program semantics, iteration, monadic structures, and equational reasoning. Although the internals of the library rely heavily on coinductive proofs, the interface hides these details so that clients can use and reason about ITrees without explicit use of Coq’s coinduction tactics. To showcase the utility of our theory, we prove the terminationsensitive correctness of a compiler from a simple imperative source language to an assemblylike target whose meanings are given in an ITreebased denotational semantics. Unlike previous results using operational techniques, our bisimulation proof follows straightforwardly by structural induction and elementary rewriting via an equational theory of combinators for controlflow graphs. @Article{POPL20p51, author = {Liyao Xia and Yannick Zakowski and Paul He and ChungKil Hur and Gregory Malecha and Benjamin C. Pierce and Steve Zdancewic}, title = {Interaction Trees: Representing Recursive and Impure Programs in Coq}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {51}, numpages = {32}, doi = {10.1145/3371119}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Zeng, Muhan 
POPL '20: "Detecting FloatingPoint Errors ..."
Detecting FloatingPoint Errors via Atomic Conditions
Daming Zou, Muhan Zeng, Yingfei Xiong, Zhoulai Fu, Lu Zhang, and Zhendong Su (Peking University, China; IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark; ETH Zurich, Switzerland) This paper tackles the important, difficult problem of detecting program inputs that trigger large floatingpoint errors in numerical code. It introduces a novel, principled dynamic analysis that leverages the mathematically rigorously analyzed condition numbers for atomic numerical operations, which we call atomic conditions, to effectively guide the search for large floatingpoint errors. Compared with existing approaches, our work based on atomic conditions has several distinctive benefits: (1) it does not rely on highprecision implementations to act as approximate oracles, which are difficult to obtain in general and computationally costly; and (2) atomic conditions provide accurate, modular search guidance. These benefits in combination lead to a highly effective approach that detects more significant errors in realworld code (e.g., widelyused numerical library functions) and achieves several orders of speedups over the stateoftheart, thus making error analysis significantly more practical. We expect the methodology and principles behind our approach to benefit other floatingpoint program analysis tasks such as debugging, repair and synthesis. To facilitate the reproduction of our work, we have made our implementation, evaluation data and results publicly available on GitHub at https://github.com/FPAnalysis/atomiccondition. @Article{POPL20p60, author = {Daming Zou and Muhan Zeng and Yingfei Xiong and Zhoulai Fu and Lu Zhang and Zhendong Su}, title = {Detecting FloatingPoint Errors via Atomic Conditions}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {60}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371128}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Zhang, Lu 
POPL '20: "Detecting FloatingPoint Errors ..."
Detecting FloatingPoint Errors via Atomic Conditions
Daming Zou, Muhan Zeng, Yingfei Xiong, Zhoulai Fu, Lu Zhang, and Zhendong Su (Peking University, China; IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark; ETH Zurich, Switzerland) This paper tackles the important, difficult problem of detecting program inputs that trigger large floatingpoint errors in numerical code. It introduces a novel, principled dynamic analysis that leverages the mathematically rigorously analyzed condition numbers for atomic numerical operations, which we call atomic conditions, to effectively guide the search for large floatingpoint errors. Compared with existing approaches, our work based on atomic conditions has several distinctive benefits: (1) it does not rely on highprecision implementations to act as approximate oracles, which are difficult to obtain in general and computationally costly; and (2) atomic conditions provide accurate, modular search guidance. These benefits in combination lead to a highly effective approach that detects more significant errors in realworld code (e.g., widelyused numerical library functions) and achieves several orders of speedups over the stateoftheart, thus making error analysis significantly more practical. We expect the methodology and principles behind our approach to benefit other floatingpoint program analysis tasks such as debugging, repair and synthesis. To facilitate the reproduction of our work, we have made our implementation, evaluation data and results publicly available on GitHub at https://github.com/FPAnalysis/atomiccondition. @Article{POPL20p60, author = {Daming Zou and Muhan Zeng and Yingfei Xiong and Zhoulai Fu and Lu Zhang and Zhendong Su}, title = {Detecting FloatingPoint Errors via Atomic Conditions}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {60}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371128}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Zhao, David 
POPL '20: "ProvenanceGuided Synthesis ..."
ProvenanceGuided Synthesis of Datalog Programs
Mukund Raghothaman, Jonathan Mendelson, David Zhao, Mayur Naik, and Bernhard Scholz (University of Southern California, USA; University of Pennsylvania, USA; University of Sydney, Australia) We propose a new approach to synthesize Datalog programs from inputoutput specifications. Our approach leverages query provenance to scale the counterexampleguided inductive synthesis (CEGIS) procedure for program synthesis. In each iteration of the procedure, a SAT solver proposes a candidate Datalog program, and a Datalog solver evaluates the proposed program to determine whether it meets the desired specification. Failure to satisfy the specification results in additional constraints to the SAT solver. We propose efficient algorithms to learn these constraints based on “why” and “why not” provenance information obtained from the Datalog solver. We have implemented our approach in a tool called ProSynth and present experimental results that demonstrate significant improvements over the stateoftheart, including in synthesizing invented predicates, reducing running times, and in decreasing variances in synthesis performance. On a suite of 40 synthesis tasks from three different domains, ProSynth is able to synthesize the desired program in 10 seconds on average per task—an order of magnitude faster than baseline approaches—and takes only under a second each for 28 of them. @Article{POPL20p62, author = {Mukund Raghothaman and Jonathan Mendelson and David Zhao and Mayur Naik and Bernhard Scholz}, title = {ProvenanceGuided Synthesis of Datalog Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {62}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371130}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Zhou, Jiaxiao 
POPL '20: "Program Synthesis by TypeGuided ..."
Program Synthesis by TypeGuided Abstraction Refinement
Zheng Guo, Michael James, David Justo, Jiaxiao Zhou, Ziteng Wang, Ranjit Jhala, and Nadia Polikarpova (University of California at San Diego, USA) We consider the problem of typedirected componentbased synthesis where, given a set of (typed) components and a query type, the goal is to synthesize a term that inhabits the query. Classical approaches based on proof search in intuitionistic logics do not scale up to the standard libraries of modern languages, which span hundreds or thousands of components. Recent graph reachability based methods proposed for Java do scale, but only apply to monomorphic data and components: polymorphic data and components infinitely explode the size of the graph that must be searched, rendering synthesis intractable. We introduce typeguided abstraction refinement (TYGAR), a new approach for scalable typedirected synthesis over polymorphic datatypes and components. Our key insight is that we can overcome the explosion by building a graph over abstract types which represent a potentially unbounded set of concrete types. We show how to use graph reachability to search for candidate terms over abstract types, and introduce a new algorithm that uses proofs of untypeability of illtyped candidates to iteratively refine the abstraction until a welltyped result is found. We have implemented TYGAR in H+, a tool that takes as input a set of Haskell libraries and a query type, and returns a Haskell term that uses functions from the provided libraries to implement the query type. Our support for polymorphism allows H+ to work with higherorder functions and type classes, and enables more precise queries due to parametricity. We have evaluated H+ on 44 queries using a set of popular Haskell libraries with a total of 291 components. H+ returns an interesting solution within the first five results for 32 out of 44 queries. Our results show that TYGAR allows H+ to rapidly return welltyped terms, with the median time to first solution of just 1.4 seconds. Moreover, we observe that gains from iterative refinement over exhaustive enumeration are more pronounced on harder queries. @Article{POPL20p12, author = {Zheng Guo and Michael James and David Justo and Jiaxiao Zhou and Ziteng Wang and Ranjit Jhala and Nadia Polikarpova}, title = {Program Synthesis by TypeGuided Abstraction Refinement}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {12}, numpages = {28}, doi = {10.1145/3371080}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search Info Artifacts Available Artifacts Reusable 

Zhou, Li 
POPL '20: "Relational Proofs for Quantum ..."
Relational Proofs for Quantum Programs
Gilles Barthe, Justin Hsu, Mingsheng Ying, Nengkun Yu, and Li Zhou (MPI for Security and Privacy, Germany; IMDEA Software Institute, Spain; University of WisconsinMadison, USA; University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Institute of Software at Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; Tsinghua University, China) Relational verification of quantum programs has many potential applications in quantum and postquantum security and other domains. We propose a relational program logic for quantum programs. The interpretation of our logic is based on a quantum analogue of probabilistic couplings. We use our logic to verify nontrivial relational properties of quantum programs, including uniformity for samples generated by the quantum Bernoulli factory, reliability of quantum teleportation against noise (bit and phase flip), security of quantum onetime pad and equivalence of quantum walks. @Article{POPL20p21, author = {Gilles Barthe and Justin Hsu and Mingsheng Ying and Nengkun Yu and Li Zhou}, title = {Relational Proofs for Quantum Programs}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {21}, numpages = {29}, doi = {10.1145/3371089}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 

Zou, Daming 
POPL '20: "Detecting FloatingPoint Errors ..."
Detecting FloatingPoint Errors via Atomic Conditions
Daming Zou, Muhan Zeng, Yingfei Xiong, Zhoulai Fu, Lu Zhang, and Zhendong Su (Peking University, China; IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark; ETH Zurich, Switzerland) This paper tackles the important, difficult problem of detecting program inputs that trigger large floatingpoint errors in numerical code. It introduces a novel, principled dynamic analysis that leverages the mathematically rigorously analyzed condition numbers for atomic numerical operations, which we call atomic conditions, to effectively guide the search for large floatingpoint errors. Compared with existing approaches, our work based on atomic conditions has several distinctive benefits: (1) it does not rely on highprecision implementations to act as approximate oracles, which are difficult to obtain in general and computationally costly; and (2) atomic conditions provide accurate, modular search guidance. These benefits in combination lead to a highly effective approach that detects more significant errors in realworld code (e.g., widelyused numerical library functions) and achieves several orders of speedups over the stateoftheart, thus making error analysis significantly more practical. We expect the methodology and principles behind our approach to benefit other floatingpoint program analysis tasks such as debugging, repair and synthesis. To facilitate the reproduction of our work, we have made our implementation, evaluation data and results publicly available on GitHub at https://github.com/FPAnalysis/atomiccondition. @Article{POPL20p60, author = {Daming Zou and Muhan Zeng and Yingfei Xiong and Zhoulai Fu and Lu Zhang and Zhendong Su}, title = {Detecting FloatingPoint Errors via Atomic Conditions}, journal = {Proc. ACM Program. Lang.}, volume = {4}, number = {POPL}, articleno = {60}, numpages = {27}, doi = {10.1145/3371128}, year = {2020}, } Publisher's Version Article Search 
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