Sandrine Blazy

University of Rennes - IRISA


Deductive verification provides very strong guarantees that software is bug-free. Since the verification is usually done at the source level, the compiler becomes a weak link in the production of software. Verifying the compiler itself provides guarantees that no errors are introduced during compilation.

This course introduces the basics of verified compilation, using the Coq theorem prover. These have been extended to build CompCert, a fully verified compiler for C that is actually usable on real source code and that produces decent target code on real-world architectures. More generally, this approach opens the way to the verification of software tools involved in the production and verification of software.

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