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Title: Unrealizability Logic
We consider the problem of establishing that a program-synthesis problem is unrealizable (i.e., has no solution in a given search space of programs). Prior work on unrealizability has developed some automatic techniques to establish that a problem is unrealizable; however, these techniques are all black-box , meaning that they conceal the reasoning behind why a synthesis problem is unrealizable. In this paper, we present a Hoare-style reasoning system, called unrealizability logic for establishing that a program-synthesis problem is unrealizable. To the best of our knowledge, unrealizability logic is the first proof system for overapproximating the execution of an infinite set of imperative programs. The logic provides a general, logical system for building checkable proofs about unrealizability. Similar to how Hoare logic distills the fundamental concepts behind algorithms and tools to prove the correctness of programs, unrealizability logic distills into a single logical system the fundamental concepts that were hidden within prior tools capable of establishing that a program-synthesis problem is unrealizable.  more » « less
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Proceedings of the ACM on Programming Languages
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659 to 688
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National Science Foundation
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