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Preface This manual describes the first prototype of a new kind of system which we call a Formal Digital Library (FDL). We designed the system and assembled the prototype as part of a research project sponsored by the Office of Naval Research entitled Building Interactive Digital Libraries of Formal Algorithmic Knowledge. A key purpose of the prototype… (More)

The application of modern functional languages and supporting verification technology to a scaled-down but realistic microprocessor is described. The model is of an infinite stream of machine instructions consuming an infinite stream of interrupt signals and is specified at two levels: instruction and hardware design. A correctness criterion is stated for… (More)

For twenty years the Nuprl (" new pearl ") system has been used to develop software systems and formal theories of computational mathematics. It has also been used to explore and implement computational type theory (CTT) – a formal theory of computation closely related to Martin-Löf's intuitionistic type theory (ITT) and to the calculus of inductive… (More)

The paper presents and evaluates Nysiad, 1 a system that implements a new technique for transforming a scalable distributed system or network protocol tolerant only of crash failures into one that tolerates arbitrary failures, including such failures as freeloading and malicious attacks. The technique assigns to each host a certain number of guard hosts,… (More)

Working in a higher-order, abstract logic of events, we define event classes, a generalization of interfaces, and propagation rules that specify information flow between event classes. We propose a general definition of a component as a scheme, parameterized by a set of input classes, that defines a set of output classes and propagation rules. The… (More)

- Mark BICKFORD
- 2008

Formal methods tools have greatly influenced our ability to increase the reliability of software and hardware systems by revealing errors and clarifying critical concepts. In this article we show how a rich specification language and a theorem prover for it have contributed to the design and implementation of verifiably correct adaptive protocols. The… (More)

As we see a growing variety of network and application behaviors, it becomes more important that protocols adapt to their surroundings. Building adaptive protocols is complicated, and therefore we have considered building hybrid protocols that switch between specialized protocols. In this paper, we show for which communication properties this is a correct… (More)

We describe a generic switching protocol for the construction of hybrid protocols and prove it correct with the Nuprl proof development system. For this purpose we introduce the concept of meta-properties and use them to formally characterize communication properties that can be preserved by switching. We also identify switching in-variants that an… (More)

There is a well-established theory and practice for creating correct-by-construction functional programs by extracting them from constructive proofs of assertions of the form ∀x : A.∃y : B.R(x, y). There have been several efforts to extend this methodology to concurrent programs, say by using linear logic, but there is no practice and the results are… (More)