Refining Data Flow Information Using Infeasible Paths

@inproceedings{Bodk1997RefiningDF,
  title={Refining Data Flow Information Using Infeasible Paths},
  author={Rastislav Bod{\'i}k and Rajiv Gupta and Mary Lou Soffa},
  booktitle={ESEC / SIGSOFT FSE},
  year={1997}
}
Experimental evidence indicates that large programs exhibit significant amount of branch correlation amenable to compile-time detection. Branch correlation gives rise to infeasible paths, which in turn make data flow information overly conservative. For example, def-use pairs that always span infeasible paths cannot be tested by any program input, preventing 100% defuse, testing coverage. We present an algorithm for identifying infeasible program paths and a data flow analysis technique that… CONTINUE READING
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