|Classes:||Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30pm–5:20pm
SOS B48 · https://usc.zoom.us/j/99799680225
Note the Zoom classroom we will be using for class!
|Instructor:||Mukund Raghothaman (email@example.com)|
|Office hours:||Fridays, 3:30pm–5:20pm, or by appointment · https://usc.zoom.us/j/93842877280|
This course is about the theory and practice of algorithmic program verification. We will discuss how programmers can prove that their code is correct, and how this process may be automated. We will study SAT and SMT solvers, and learn how to use them and how they work. These are sophisticated reasoning engines, and their use increasingly impacting other areas of computer science. We will see how they can be used to build automatic program synthesizers, which produce code that is correct-by-construction. [Syllabus]
Prerequisites: First, the course will expect a certain amount of mathematical maturity from its students, at least at the level of CSCI 170, and preferably at the level of CSCI 270. Second, we will be reasoning about code: we expect that the student will already be proficient in writing it.
Note: The syllabus and schedule listed on this webpage are tentative, and may be updated as the course progresses. Please check back regularly!
The course will consist of four homework assignments and an open-ended project, graded equally. The homework assignments are intended to develop familiarity with the material covered in class. In the project, you will apply and extend ideas from the course to a research problem of your choice. The project may be done either alone or in pairs. Please consult the instructor for feedback while choosing project topics.
|Jan 10||Course introduction, motivation, logistics.
|Jan 12||Propositional logic, satisfiability and validity.
|Jan 17||No class. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.|
|Jan 19||No class. Mukund at POPL.|
|Jan 24||Propositional logic, contd.|
|Jan 26||Basics of SAT solvers: DPLL and unit propagation|
|Jan 31||Solving Horn-SAT and 2-SAT in polynomial time.|
|Feb 2||Conflict-Driven Clause Learning.|
|Feb 7||CDCL (contd.), and introduction to Satisfiability Modulo Theories.|
|Feb 9||SMT: Solvers for LRA and difference logic.|
|Feb 14||SMT: Difference logic, DPLL(T), and theory of equality.|
|Feb 16||SMT: EUF and the Nelson-Oppen procedure.|
|Feb 21||No class. President's Day.|
|Feb 23||Introduction to program synthesis.|
|Feb 28||Specifying user intent with SyGuS.|
|Mar 2||Introduction to counter-example guided inductive synthesis (CEGIS).|
|Mar 7||The Enumerative SyGuS solver.|
|Mar 9||Stochastic and constraint-based SyGuS solvers.|
|Mar 14||No class. Spring Break.|
|Mar 16||No class. Spring Break.|
|Mar 21||The program verification problem for a simple programming language.|
|Mar 23||Hoare triples, weakest preconditions, and strongest postconditions.|
|Mar 28||Verification conditions.|
|Mar 30||Invariants and verifying programs with loops.|
|Apr 4||Proving that programs terminate.|
|Apr 6||Proving program termination, contd.|
|Apr 11||Proving program termination, contd.|
|Apr 13||Introduction to predicate abstraction.|
|Apr 18||Predicate abstraction, contd.|
|Apr 20||Predicate abstraction, concl.|
|Apr 25||Student project presentations.|
|Apr 27||Course recap and research outlook.|
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Note on collaborative work: For collaborative projects, students are expected to have equal distribution of work. If there is any perceived imbalance in the collaborative project, the student should bring this to the attention of the instructor or the teaching assistant.
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