Efficient Weakest Preconditions

  • Rustan Leino

MSR-TR-2004-34 |

Desired computer-program properties can be described by logical formulas called verification conditions. Different mathematically-equivalent forms of these verification conditions can have a great impact on the performance of an automatic theorem prover that tries to discharge them. This paper presents a simple weakest-precondition understanding of the ESC/Java technique for generating verification conditions. The new understanding of this technique spotlights the program property that makes the technique work.