Speeding Up Logico-Numerical Strategy Iteration (extended version) [article]

David Monniaux, Peter Schrammel
2014 arXiv   pre-print
We introduce an efficient combination of polyhedral analysis and predicate partitioning. Template polyhedral analysis abstracts numerical variables inside a program by one polyhedron per control location, with a priori fixed directions for the faces. The strongest inductive invariant in such an abstract domain may be computed by upward strategy iteration. If the transition relation includes disjunctions and existential quantifiers (a succinct representation for an exponential set of paths),
more » ... invariant can be computed by a combination of strategy iteration and satisfiability modulo theory (SMT) solving. Unfortunately, the above approaches lead to unacceptable space and time costs if applied to a program whose control states have been partitioned according to predicates. We therefore propose a modification of the strategy iteration algorithm where the strategies are stored succinctly, and the linear programs to be solved at each iteration step are simplified according to an equivalence relation. We have implemented the technique in a prototype tool and we demonstrate on a series of examples that the approach performs significantly better than previous strategy iteration techniques.
arXiv:1403.2319v2 fatcat:5skr4iixbbdgnnsla755whel3i