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Modular Heap Analysis for Higher-Order Programs

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Static Analysis (SAS 2012)

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We consider the problem of computing summaries for procedures that soundly capture the effect of calling a procedure on program state that includes a mutable heap. Such summaries are the basis for a compositional program analysis and key to scalability. Higher order procedures contain callbacks (indirect calls to procedures specified by callers). The use of such callbacks and higher-order features are becoming increasingly widespread and commonplace even in mainstream imperative languages such as C # and Java. Such callbacks complicate compositional analysis and the construction of procedure summaries. We present an abstract-interpretation based approach to computing summaries (of a procedure’s effect on a mutable heap) in the presence of callbacks in a simple imperative language. We present an empirical evaluation of our approach.

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Madhavan, R., Ramalingam, G., Vaswani, K. (2012). Modular Heap Analysis for Higher-Order Programs. In: Miné, A., Schmidt, D. (eds) Static Analysis. SAS 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7460. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-33125-1_25

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