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Title The Verified Software Repository: A step towards the Verifying Compiler
Abstract The Verified Software Repository is dedicated to a long-term vision of a future in which all computer systems justify the trust that Society increasingly places in them. This will be accompanied by a substantial reduction in the current high costs of programming error, incurred during the design, development, testing, installation, maintenance, evolution, and retirement of computer software. An important technical contribution to this vision will be a Verifying Compiler: a tool that automatically proves that a program will always meet its requirements, insofar as these have been formalised, without even needing to run it. This has been a challenge for computing research for over thirty years, but the current state of the art now gives grounds for hope that it may be implemented in the foreseeable future. Achievement of the overall vision will depend also on continued progress of research into dependability and software evolution, as envisaged by the UKCRC Grand Challenge project in Dependable Systems Evolution. The Verified Software Repository is a first step towards the realisation of this long-term vision. It will maintain and develop an evolving collection of state-of-the-art tools, together with a representative portfolio of real programs and specifications on which to test, evaluate and develop the tools. It will contribute initially to the inter-working of tools, and eventually to their integration. It will promote transfer of the relevant technology to industrial tools and into software engineering practice in the UK. The Repository will build on the recognised achievements of the UK in practical formal development of safety-critical computer applications, and it will establish the UK as the leading nation in any future international initiative in Verified Software, covering theory, tools, and experimental validation.
Organisation CCLRC , ESC , VSR
Keywords Grand challenges in computer science , Dependable systems evolution , Program verification , Verifying compiler , Software engineering , Engineering , Assertional reasoning , Tools , Verified software repository
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Related Research Object(s): 12350513
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Journal Article Formal Aspects of Computing 18, no. 2 (2006): 143-151. doi:10.1007/s00165-005-0079-4 2006