The Secd Microprocessor: A Verification Case Study Brian T. Graham

ISBN: 9780792392453

Published: May 31st 1992

Hardcover

176 pages


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The Secd Microprocessor: A Verification Case Study  by  Brian T. Graham

The Secd Microprocessor: A Verification Case Study by Brian T. Graham
May 31st 1992 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 176 pages | ISBN: 9780792392453 | 3.35 Mb

This is a milestone in machine-assisted microprocessor verification. Gordon [20] and Hunt [32] led the way with their verifications of sim ple designs, Cohn [12, 13] followed this with the verification of parts of the VIPER microprocessor. This workMoreThis is a milestone in machine-assisted microprocessor verification.

Gordon [20] and Hunt [32] led the way with their verifications of sim ple designs, Cohn [12, 13] followed this with the verification of parts of the VIPER microprocessor. This work illustrates how much these, and other, pioneers achieved in developing tractable models, scalable tools, and a robust methodology.

A condensed review of previous re search, emphasising the behavioural model underlying this style of verification is followed by a careful, and remarkably readable, ac count of the SECD architecture, its formalisation, and a report on the organisation and execution of the automated correctness proof in HOL. This monograph reports on Grahams MSc project, demonstrat ing that - in the right hands - the tools and methodology for formal verification can (and therefore should?) now be applied by someone with little previous expertise in formal methods, to verify a non-trivial microprocessor in a limited timescale.

This is not to belittle Grahams achievement- the production of this proof, work ing as Graham did from the previous literature, goes well beyond a typical MSc project. The achievement is that, with this exposition to hand, an engineer tackling the verification of similar microprocessor designs will have a clear view of the milestones that must be passed on the way, and of the methods to be applied to achieve them.



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