Patrick Bahr IT University of Copenhagen

Monadic Compiler Calculation (Functional Pearl)

Patrick Bahr and Graham Hutton
Proc. ACM Program. Lang., 6(ICFP), 2022.


Bahr and Hutton recently developed a new approach to calculating correct compilers directly from specifications of their correctness. However, the methodology only considers converging behaviour of the source language, which means that the compiler could potentially produce arbitrary, erroneous code for source programs that diverge. In this article, we show how the methodology can naturally be extended to support the calculation of compilers that address both convergent and divergent behaviour simultaneously, without the need for separate reasoning for each aspect. Our approach is based on the use of the partiality monad to make divergence explicit, together with the use of strong bisimilarity to support equational-style calculations, but also generalises to other forms of effect by changing the underlying monad.

Categories: Compilers, Formal Verification

Tags: Program Calculation, Verified Compiler, Virtual Machine, Agda, Bisimulation, Monad