Separation Predicates: A Taste of Separation Logic in First-Order Logic

  • François Bobot
  • Jean-Christophe Filliâtre
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This paper introduces separation predicates, a technique to reuse some ideas from separation logic in the framework of program verification using a traditional first-order logic. The purpose is to benefit from existing specification languages, verification condition generators, and automated theorem provers. Separation predicates are automatically derived from user-defined inductive predicates. We illustrate this idea on a non-trivial case study, namely the composite pattern, which is specified in C/ACSL and verified in a fully automatic way using SMT solvers Alt-Ergo, CVC3, and Z3.


Memory State Predicate Symbol Struct Node Composite Pattern Automate Theorem Prover 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • François Bobot
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jean-Christophe Filliâtre
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.LRIUniv Paris-Sud, CNRSOrsayFrance
  2. 2.ProValINRIAOrsayFrance

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