Well-Measuring Programs

Cook, Phil, Fidge, Colin J., & Hemer, David (2006) Well-Measuring Programs. In Han, Jun & Staples, Mark (Eds.) Australian Software Engineering Conference (ASWEC 2006), 2006, Sydney.

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Abstract

Any program that measures quantities from its physical environment must compute using correct and consistent units of measurement. Such a program is described here as well-measuring. In many systems, particularly embedded control software, paying inadequate attention to units of measurement can result in catastrophe. Unfortunately, current programming languages and tools provide little aid to the programmer attempting to establish or verify the well-measuring property. We present a program analysis technique for inferring and checking the units used within a program. The technique combines traditional Hindley-Milner-style type inference with the use of Static Single Assignment (SSA) form to
enable analysis of imperative programs.

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ID Code: 5405
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Software engineering, Program analysis, Units of measurement
DOI: 10.1109/ASWEC.2006.56
ISSN: 1530-0803
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 IEEE
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Deposited On: 08 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:23

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