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Fast and Precise Points-to Analysis

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3 Author(s)
Lundberg, J. ; Sch. of Math. & Syst. Eng., Vaxjo Univ., Vaxjo ; Gutzmann, T. ; Lowe, W.

Many software engineering applications require points-to analysis. Client applications range from optimizing compilers to program development and testing environments to reverse-engineering tools. In this paper, we present a new context-sensitive approach to points-to analysis where calling contexts are distinguished by the points-to sets analyzed for their target expressions. Compared to other well-known context-sensitive techniques, it is faster - twice as fast as the call string approach and by an order of magnitude faster than the object-sensitive technique - and requires less memory. At the same time, it provides higher precision than the call string technique and is similar in precision to the object-sensitive technique. These statements are confirmed by experiments.

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Source Code Analysis and Manipulation, 2008 Eighth IEEE International Working Conference on

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28-29 Sept. 2008