Relative Store Fragments for Singleton Abstraction

  • Leandro Facchinetti
  • Zachary PalmerEmail author
  • Scott F. Smith
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10422)


A singleton abstraction occurs in a program analysis when some results of the analysis are known to be exact: an abstract binding corresponds to a single concrete binding. In this paper, we develop a novel approach to constructing singleton abstractions via relative store fragments. Each store fragment is a locally exact store abstraction in that it contains only those abstract variable bindings necessary to address a particular question at a particular program point; it is relative to that program point and the point of view may be shifted. We show how an analysis incorporating relative store fragments achieves flow-, context-, path- and must-alias sensitivity, and can be used as a basis for environment analysis, without any machinery put in place for those specific aims. We build upon recent advances in demand-driven higher-order program analysis to achieve this construction as it is fundamentally tied to demand-driven lookup of variable values.



The authors thank the anonymous reviewers for helpful suggestions which improved the final version of the paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leandro Facchinetti
    • 1
  • Zachary Palmer
    • 2
    Email author
  • Scott F. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceThe Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceSwarthmore CollegeSwarthmoreUSA

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