Efficient Execution in an Automated Reasoning Environment

D. A. Greve, M. Kaufmann, P. Manolios, J S. Moore, S. Ray, J. L. Ruiz-Reina, R. Sumners, D. Vroon, and M. Wilding

Technical Report TR-06-59, Department of Computer Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, November 2006.


Abstract

We describe a method to permit the user of a mathematical logic to write elegant logical definitions while allowing sound and efficient execution. We focus on the ACL2 logic and automated reasoning environment. ACL2 is used by industrial researchers to describe microprocessor designs and other complicated digital systems. Properties of the designs can be formally established with the theorem prover. But because ACL2 is also a functional programming language, the formal models can be executed as simulation engines. We implement features that afford these dual applications, namely formal proof and execution on industrial test suites. In particular, the features allow the user to install, in a logically sound way, alternative executable counterparts for logically-defined functions. These alternatives are often much more efficient than the logically equivalent terms they replace. We discuss several applications of these features.

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