Plausible Sealing for Gradual Parametricity: Supporting Artifact [article]

Elizabeth Labrada Deniz, Matías Toro, Éric Tanter, Dominique Devriese
2022 Zenodo  
This is the artifact accompanying the paper "Plausible Sealing for Gradual Parametricity", to be published at OOPSLA 2022. Graduality and parametricity have proven to be extremely challenging notions to bring together. Intuitively, enforcing parametricity gradually requires possibly sealing values in order to detect violations of uniform behavior. Toro et al. (2019) argue that the two notions are incompatible in the context of System F, where sealing is transparently driven by potentially
more » ... ise type information, while New et al. (2020) reconcile both properties at the cost of abandoning the syntax of System F and requiring user-provided sealing annotations, which are not subject to graduality guarantees. Furthermore, all current proposals rely on a global form of dynamic sealing in order to enforce parametric behavior at runtime, which weakens parametric reasoning and breaks equivalences in the static language. Based on the observation that the tension between graduality and parametricity comes from the early commitment to seal values based on type information, we propose plausible sealing as a new intermediate language mechanism that allows postponing such decisions to runtime. We propose an intermediate language for gradual parametricity, Funky, which supports plausible sealing in a simplified setting where polymorphism is restricted to instantiations with base and variable types. We prove that Funky satisfies both parametricity and graduality, mechanizing key lemmas in Agda. Additionally, we avoid global dynamic sealing and instead propose a novel lexically-scoped form of sealing realized using a representation of evidence inspired by the category of spans. As a consequence, Funky satisfies a standard formulation of parametricity that does not break System F equivalences. In order to show the practicality of plausible sealing, we describe a translation from Funk, a source language without explicit sealing, to Funky, that takes care of inse [...]
doi:10.5281/zenodo.6341550 fatcat:dquixd363jd2ri65v43jpabdqm