[cover] Susan Stepney.
High Integrity Compilation : a case study .

Prentice-Hall, 1993.

ISBN 0-13-381039-9

This book illustrates a route for mathematically specifying and rigorously implementing a high assurance compiler suitable for use in developing high integrity applications. It explains the various techniques used at each stage of the development: denotational semantics, to capture the meaning of the source and target languages: Z, to specify the meanings and perform the correctness proofs; Prolog, to implement directly from the specification. It is illustrated throughout by a fully worked case study developing a compiler for a small language.

Although the case study in the book covers only a small language, the techniques described have been used to develop a compiler for a full safety critical language, including functions, procedures, modules, and separate compilation .

The book is very well written and I thought the asides were particularly valuable as they give the reader guidance as to why certain paths are taken (or rejected).

-- Professor Gordon A. Rose

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction and Background
    1. Introduction
    2. Specifying a Language---by Example
    3. Using Prolog
  2. Tosca---the High Level Language
    1. Tosca---Syntax
    2. A Running Example---the 'Square' Program
    3. Partitioning the Specification
    4. Tosca---States and Environments
    5. Tosca---Semantics
    6. Calculating the Meanings of Programs
  3. The Correct Compiler
    1. Aida---the Target Language
    2. The Templates---Operational Semantics
    3. The 'Square' Example, Compiled
    4. The Proofs---Calculating the Meaning of the Templates
    5. The Prolog Implementation
  4. Winding Up
    1. Further Considerations
    2. Concluding Remarks
  5. Appendices
    1. Bibliography
    2. Recursive Definition of Loops
    3. Z's Free Type Construct
    4. Glossary of Notation

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  author = "Susan Stepney",
  title = "High Integrity Compilation : a case study",
  publisher = "Prentice-Hall",
  year = 1993