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The SECD Microprocessor

A Verification Case Study

Authors: Graham, Brian T.

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This is a milestone in machine-assisted microprocessor verification. Gordon [20] and Hunt [32] led the way with their verifications of sim­ ple designs, Cohn [12, 13] followed this with the verification of parts of the VIPER microprocessor. This work illustrates how much these, and other, pioneers achieved in developing tractable models, scalable tools, and a robust methodology. A condensed review of previous re­ search, emphasising the behavioural model underlying this style of verification is followed by a careful, and remarkably readable, ac­ count of the SECD architecture, its formalisation, and a report on the organisation and execution of the automated correctness proof in HOL. This monograph reports on Graham's MSc project, demonstrat­ ing that - in the right hands - the tools and methodology for formal verification can (and therefore should?) now be applied by someone with little previous expertise in formal methods, to verify a non-trivial microprocessor in a limited timescale. This is not to belittle Graham's achievement; the production of this proof, work­ ing as Graham did from the previous literature, goes well beyond a typical MSc project. The achievement is that, with this exposition to hand, an engineer tackling the verification of similar microprocessor designs will have a clear view of the milestones that must be passed on the way, and of the methods to be applied to achieve them.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The SECD Microprocessor
Book Subtitle
A Verification Case Study
Authors
Series Title
The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science
Series Volume
178
Copyright
1992
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-3576-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-3576-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-9245-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-6589-1
Series ISSN
0893-3405
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 176
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