Towards a Unified Theory of Operational and Axiomatic Semantics

  title={Towards a Unified Theory of Operational and Axiomatic Semantics},
  author={Grigore Rosu and Andrei Stefanescu},
This paper presents a nine-rule language-independent proof system that takes an operational semantics as axioms and derives program reachability properties, including ones corresponding to Hoare triples. This eliminates the need for language-specific Hoare-style proof rules to verify programs, and, implicitly, the tedious step of proving such proof rules sound for each language separately. The key proof rule is Circularity, which is coinductive in nature and allows for reasoning about… CONTINUE READING

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