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ICFP 2019
Sun 18 - Fri 23 August 2019 Berlin, Germany
Mon 19 Aug 2019 13:30 - 13:52 at Aurora Borealis - Verified Compilation Chair(s): Ralf Jung

It is a neat result from functional programming that libraries of parser combinators can support rapid construction of decoders for quite a range of formats. With a little more work, the same combinator program can denote both a decoder and an encoder. Unfortunately, the real world is full of gnarly formats, as with the packet formats that make up the standard Internet protocol stack. Most past parser-combinator approaches cannot handle these formats, and the few exceptions require redundancy – one part of the natural grammar needs to be hand-translated into hints in multiple parts of a parser program. We show how to recover very natural and nonredundant format specifications, covering all popular network packet formats and generating both decoders and encoders automatically. The catch is that we use the Coq proof assistant to derive both kinds of artifacts using tactics, automatically, in a way that guarantees that they form inverses of each other. We used our approach to reimplement packet processing for a full Internet protocol stack, inserting our replacement into the OCaml-based MirageOS unikernel, resulting in minimal performance degradation.

Mon 19 Aug
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13:30 - 15:00: Research Papers - Verified Compilation at Aurora Borealis
Chair(s): Ralf JungMPI-SWS
icfp-2019-papers13:30 - 13:52
Benjamin DelawarePurdue University, Sorawit Suriyakarn, Clément Pit-ClaudelMIT CSAIL, Qianchuan YePurdue University, Adam ChlipalaMassachusetts Institute of Technology
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icfp-2019-papers13:52 - 14:15
Zoe ParaskevopoulouPrinceton University, Andrew AppelPrinceton
icfp-2019-papers14:15 - 14:37
Thomas Van StrydonckKULeuven, Frank PiessensKU Leuven, Dominique DevrieseVrije Universiteit Brussel
icfp-2019-papers14:37 - 15:00
Daniel PattersonNortheastern University, Amal AhmedNortheastern University, USA