David Monniaux

David Monniaux
University of Grenoble, France


Computing over convex polyhedra using VPL


Convex polyhedra occur in a variety of mathematical and computer science contexts, including static program analysis and some advanced compilation schemes. The usual approach to computing over them is the “dual description”, both as the convex hull of a set of generators
(vertices, for bounded polyhedra) and as the solution of a system of linear equalities and inequalities (the constraints). This approach hasmany advantages but suffers from two drawbacks: the generator representation is exponential in the dimension in some common cases in program analysis (thus users tended to drastically limit the dimension), and it is difficult to check the final result without somehow checking the correctness of the full algorithm of conversion between descriptions.

In contrast, with a constraint-only representation, it is possible to provide, along with each constraint of the result polyhedron, a certificate of its soundness. This is sufficient to certify that the computed result contains the ideal result, which is enough to certify that many program analyses are correct.

In this talk I will discuss:
– The “conventional” constraint-only algorithms based on Fourier-Motzkin elimination.
– Our newer approach based on parametric linear programming.
– How to obtain trustable, exact results from parallel efficient code implemented using floating-point arithmetic and untrusted solvers.
– Other applications of parametric linear programming.

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David Monniaux defended his PhD in 2001 in Paris. Since then, he has worked as a researcher at CNRS, first in Paris and then in Grenoble. He was one of the designers of the Astrée static analyzer, now used in the aerospace and automotive industries. He is interested in static program analysis, formal methods, computations over polyhedra and other numerical constraints, and security.