A tool for verifying software written in Erlang

Fredlund, Lars-Åke and Gurov, Dilian and Noll, Thomas and Dam, Mads and Arts, Thomas and Chugunov, Gennady (2003) A tool for verifying software written in Erlang. International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer (STTT), 4 (4). pp. 405-420. ISSN 1433-2779 (Print) 1433-2787 (Online)

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This paper presents an overview of the main results of the project "Verification of Erlang Programs", which is funded by the Swedish Business Development Agency (NUTEK) and by Ericsson within the ASTEC (Advanced Software TEChnology) initiative. Its main outcome is the Erlang Verification Tool (EVT), a theorem prover which assists in obtaining proofs that Erlang applications satisfy their correctness requirements formulated as behavioural properties in a modal logic with recursion. We give a summary of the verification framework as supported by EVT, discuss reasoning principles essential for successful proofs such as inductive and compositional reasoning, and an efficient treatment of side--effect--free code. The experiences of applying the tool in an industrial case study are summarised, and an approach for supporting verification in the presence of program libraries is outlined. EVT is essentially a classical proof assistant, or theorem proving tool, requiring users to intervene in the proof process at crucial steps such as stating program invariants. However, the tool offers considerable support for automatic proof discovery through higher--level tactics tailored to the particular task of the verification of Erlang programs. In addition, a graphical interface permits easy navigation through proof tableaux, proof reuse, and meaningful feedback about the current proof state, to assist users in taking informed proof decisions.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Formal methods - Software verification - Theorem proving
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Deposited On:15 Jul 2008
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