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Deconstructing Shostak

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2 Author(s)
Ruess, H. ; Comput. Sci. Lab., SRI Int., Menlo Park, CA, USA ; Shankar, N.

Decision procedures for equality in a combination of theories are at the core of a number of verification systems. R.E. Shostak's (J. of the ACM, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 1-12, 1984) decision procedure for equality in the combination of solvable and canonizable theories has been around for nearly two decades. Variations of this decision procedure have been implemented in a number of specification and verification systems, including STP, EHDM, PVS, STeP and SVC. The algorithm is quite subtle and a correctness argument for it has remained elusive. Shostak's algorithm and all previously published variants of it yield incomplete decision procedures. We describe a variant of Shostak's algorithm, along with proofs of termination, soundness and completeness

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Logic in Computer Science, 2001. Proceedings. 16th Annual IEEE Symposium on

Date of Conference:

2001