PPL
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The Parma Polyhedra Library (PPL) is a modern C++ library for the manipulation of numerical information that can be represented by points in some dimensional vector space. For instance, one of the key domains the PPL supports is that of rational convex polyhedra (Section Convex Polyhedra). Such domains are employed in several systems for the analysis and verification of hardware and software components, with applications spanning imperative, functional and logic programming languages, synchronous languages and synchronization protocols, realtime and hybrid systems. Even though the PPL library is not meant to target a particular problem, the design of its interface has been largely influenced by the needs of the above class of applications. That is the reason why the library implements a few operators that are more or less specific to static analysis applications, while lacking some other operators that might be useful when working, e.g., in the field of computational geometry.
The main features of the library are the following:
x + 2*y + 5*z <= 7
when you mean it;In the following section we describe all the domains available to the PPL user. More detailed descriptions of these domains and the operations provided will be found in subsequent sections.
In the final section of this chapter (Section Using the Library), we provide some additional advice on the use of the library.
A semantic geometric descriptor is a subset of . The PPL provides several classes of semantic GDs. These are identified by their C++ class name, together with the class template parameters, if any. These classes include the simple classes:
C_Polyhedron
,NNC_Polyhedron
,BD_Shape<T>
,Octagonal_Shape<T>
,Box<ITV>
, andGrid
,where:
T
is a numeric type chosen among mpz_class
, mpq_class
, signed char
, short
, int
, long
, long
long (or any of the C99 exact width integer equivalents int8_t
, int16_t, and so forth); andITV
is an instance of the Interval
template class.Other semantic GDs, the compound classes, can be constructed (also recursively) from all the GDs classes. These include:
where PSET
, D1
and D2
can be any semantic GD classes and R
is the reduction operation to be applied to the component domains of the product class.
A uniform set of operations is provided for creating, testing and maintaining each of the semantic GDs. However, as many of these depend on one or more syntactic GDs, we first describe the syntactic GDs.
A syntactic geometric descriptor is for defining, modifying and inspecting a semantic GD. There are three kinds of syntactic GDs: basic GDs, constraint GDs and generator GDs. Some of these are generic and some specific. A generic syntactic GD can be used (in the appropriate context) with any semantic GD; clearly, different semantic GDs will usually provide different levels of support for the different subclasses of generic GDs. In contrast, the use of a specific GD may be restricted to apply to a given subset of the semantic GDs (i.e., some semantic GDs provide no support at all for them).
The following basic GDs currently supported by the PPL are:
These classes, which are all generic syntactic GDs, are used to build the constraint and generator GDs as well as support many generic operations on the semantic GDs.
The PPL currently supports the following classes of generic constraint GDs:
Each linear constraint can be further classified to belong to one or more of the following syntactic subclasses:
Note that the subclasses are not disjoint.
Similarly, each linear congruence can be classified to belong to one or more of the following syntactic subclasses:
The library also supports systems, i.e., finite collections, of either linear constraints or linear congruences (but see the note below).
Each semantic GD provides optimal support for some of the subclasses of generic syntactic GDs listed above: here, the word "optimal" means that the considered semantic GD computes the best upward approximation of the exact meaning of the linear constraint or congruence. When a semantic GD operation is applied to a syntactic GD that is not optimally supported, it will either indicate its unsuitability (e.g., by throwing an exception) or it will apply an upward approximation semantics (possibly not the best one).
For instance, the semantic GD of topologically closed convex polyhedra provides optimal support for nonstrict linear inequality and equality constraints, but it does not provide optimal support for strict inequalities. Some of its operations (e.g., add_constraint
and add_congruence
) will throw an exception if supplied with a nontrivial strict inequality constraint or a proper congruence; some other operations (e.g., refine_with_constraint
or refine_with_congruence
) will compute an overapproximation.
Similarly, the semantic GD of rational boxes (i.e., multidimensional intervals) having integral values as interval boundaries provides optimal support for all interval constraints: even though the interval constraint cannot be represented exactly, it will be optimally approximated by the constraint .
The PPL currently supports two classes of generator GDs:
Rays, lines and parameters are specific of the mentioned semantic GDs and, therefore, they cannot be used by other semantic GDs. In contrast, as already mentioned above, points are basic geometric descriptors since they are also used in generic PPL operations.
is_empty()
, is_universe()
, is_topologically_closed()
, is_discrete()
, is_bounded()
, contains_integer_point()
test for the named properties of the semantic GD.
total_memory_in_bytes()
, external_memory_in_bytes()
return the total and external memory size in bytes.
OK()
checks that the semantic GD has a valid internal representation. (Some GDs provide this method with an optional Boolean argument that, when true, requires to also check for nonemptiness.)
space_dimension()
, affine_dimension()
return, respectively, the space and affine dimensions of the GD.
add_space_dimensions_and_embed()
, add_space_dimensions_and_project()
, expand_space_dimension()
, remove_space_dimensions()
, fold_space_dimensions()
, map_space_dimensions()
modify the space dimensions of the semantic GD; where, depending on the operation, the arguments can include the number of space dimensions to be added or removed a variable or set of variables denoting the actual dimensions to be used and a partial function defining a mapping between the dimensions.
contains()
, strictly_contains()
, is_disjoint_from()
compare the semantic GD with an argument semantic GD of the same class.
topological_closure_assign()
, intersection_assign()
, upper_bound_assign()
, difference_assign()
, time_elapse_assign()
, widening_assign()
, concatenate_assign()
, m_swap()
modify the semantic GD, possibly with an argument semantic GD of the same class.
constrains()
, bounds_from_above()
, bounds_from_below()
, maximize()
, minimize()
.
These find information about the bounds of the semantic GD where the argument variable or linear expression define the direction of the bound.
affine_image()
, affine_preimage()
, generalized_affine_image()
, generalized_affine_preimage()
, bounded_affine_image()
, bounded_affine_preimage()
.
These perform several variations of the affine image and preimage operations where, depending on the operation, the arguments can include a variable representing the space dimension to which the transformation will be applied and linear expressions with possibly a relation symbol and denominator value that define the exact form of the transformation.
are the ascii input and output operations.
add_constraint()
, add_constraints()
, add_recycled_constraints()
, add_congruence()
, add_congruences()
, add_recycled_congruences()
.
These methods assume that the given semantic GD provides optimal support for the argument syntactic GD: if that is not the case, an invalid argument exception is thrown.
For add_recycled_constraints()
and add_recycled_congruences()
, the only assumption that can be made on the constraint GD after return (successful or exceptional) is that it can be safely destroyed.
refine_with_constraint()
, refine_with_constraints()
, refine_with_congruence()
, refine_with_congruences()
.
If the argument constraint GD is optimally supported by the semantic GD, the methods behave the same as the corresponding add_*
methods listed above. Otherwise the constraint GD is used only to a limited extent to refine the semantic GD; possibly not at all. Notice that, while repeating an add operation is pointless, this is not true for the refine operations. For example, in those cases where
raises an exception, a fragment of the form
may give more precise results than a single
constraints()
, minimized_constraints()
, congruences()
, minimized_congruences()
.
Returns the indicated system of constraint GDs satisfied by the semantic GD.
can_recycle_constraint_systems()
, can_recycle_congruence_systems()
.
Return true if and only if the semantic GD can recycle the indicated constraint GD.
relation_with()
.
This takes a constraint GD as an argument and returns the relations holding between the semantic GD and the constraint GD. The possible relations are: IS_INCLUDED()
, SATURATES()
, STRICTLY_INTERSECTS()
, IS_DISJOINT()
and NOTHING()
. This operator also can take a polyhedron generator GD as an argument and returns the relation SUBSUMES()
or NOTHING()
that holds between the generator GD and the semantic GD.
The Parma Polyhedra Library, for those cases where an exact result cannot be computed within the specified complexity limits, computes an upward approximation of the exact result. For semantic GDs this means that the computed result is a possibly strict superset of the set of points of that constitutes the exact result. Notice that the PPL does not provide direct support to compute downward approximations (i.e., possibly strict subsets of the exact results). While downward approximations can often be computed from upward ones, the required algorithms and the conditions upon which they are correct are outside the current scope of the PPL. Beware, in particular, of the following possible pitfall: the library provides methods to compute upward approximations of settheoretic difference, which is antitone in its second argument. Applying a difference method to a second argument that is not an exact representation or a downward approximation of reality, would yield a result that, of course, is not an upward approximation of reality. It is the responsibility of the library user to provide the PPL's method with approximations of reality that are consistent with respect to the desired results.
The Parma Polyhedra Library provides support for approximating integer computations using the geometric descriptors it provides. In this section we briefly explain these facilities.
When a geometric descriptor is used to approximate integer quantities, all the points with nonintegral coordinates represent an imprecision of the description. Of course, removing all these points may be impossible (because of convexity) or too expensive. The PPL provides the operator drop_some_non_integer_points
to possibly tighten a descriptor by dropping some points with noninteger coordinates, using algorithms whose complexity is bounded by a parameter. The set of dimensions that represent integer quantities can be optionally specified. It is worth to stress the role of some in the operator name: in general no optimality guarantee is provided.
The Parma Polyhedra Library provides services that allow to compute correct approximations of bounded arithmetic as available in widespread programming languages. Supported bitwidths are 8, 16, 32 and 64 bits, with some limited support for 128 bits. Supported representations are binary unsigned and two's complement signed. Supported overflow behaviors are:
For signed integers the wrapping function is, instead,
One possibility for precisely approximating the semantics of programs that operate on bounded integer variables is to follow the approach described in [SK07]. The idea is to associate space dimensions to the unwrapped values of bounded variables. Suppose j
is a , unsigned program variable associated to a space dimension labeled by the variable . If is constrained by some numerical abstraction to take values in a set , then the program variable j
can only take values in . There are two reasons why this is interesting: firstly, this allows for the retention of relational information by using a single numerical abstraction tracking multiple program variables. Secondly, the integers modulo form a ring of equivalence classes on which addition and multiplication are well defined. This means, e.g., that assignments with affine righthand sides and involving only variables with the same bitwidth and representation can be safely modeled by affine images. While upper bounds and widening can be used without any precaution, anything that can be reconducted to intersection requires a preliminary wrapping phase, where the dimensions corresponding to bounded integer types are brought back to their natural domain. This necessity arises naturally for the analysis of conditionals and conversion operators, as well as in the realization of domain combinations.
The PPL provides a general wrapping operator that is parametric with respect to the set of space dimensions (variables) to be wrapped, the width, representation and overflow behavior of all these variables. An optional constraint system can, when given, improve the precision. This constraint system, which must only depend on variables with respect to which wrapping is performed, is assumed to represent the conditional or looping construct guard with respect to which wrapping is performed. Since wrapping requires the computation of upper bounds and due to nondistributivity of constraint refinement over upper bounds, passing a constraint system in this way can be more precise than refining the result of the wrapping operation afterwards. The general wrapping operator offered by the PPL also allows control of the complexity/precision ratio by means of two additional parameters: an unsigned integer encoding a complexity threshold, with higher values resulting in possibly improved precision; and a Boolean controlling whether space dimensions should be wrapped individually, something that results in much greater efficiency to the detriment of precision, or collectively.
Note that the PPL assumes that any space dimension subject to wrapping is being used to capture the value of bounded integer values. As a consequence the library is free to drop, from the involved numerical abstraction, any point having a noninteger coordinate that corresponds to a space dimension subject to wrapping. It must be stressed that freedom to drop such points does not constitute an obligation to remove all of them (especially because this would be extraordinarily expensive on some numerical abstractions). The PPL provides operators for the more systematic removal of points with nonintegral coordinates.
The wrapping operator will only remove some of these points as a byproduct of its main task and only when this comes at a negligible extra cost.
In this section we introduce convex polyhedra, as considered by the library, in more detail. For more information about the definitions and results stated here see [BRZH02b], [Fuk98], [NW88], and [Wil93].
We denote by the vector space on the field of real numbers , endowed with the standard topology. The set of all nonnegative reals is denoted by . For each , denotes the component of the (column) vector . We denote by the vector of , called the origin, having all components equal to zero. A vector can be also interpreted as a matrix in and manipulated accordingly using the usual definitions for addition, multiplication (both by a scalar and by another matrix), and transposition, denoted by .
The scalar product of , denoted , is the real number
For any , the Minkowski's sum of and is:
For each vector and scalar , where , and for each relation symbol , the linear constraint defines:
Note that each hyperplane can be defined as the intersection of the two closed affine halfspaces and . Also note that, when , the constraint is either a tautology (i.e., always true) or inconsistent (i.e., always false), so that it defines either the whole vector space or the empty set .
The set is a not necessarily closed convex polyhedron (NNC polyhedron, for short) if and only if either can be expressed as the intersection of a finite number of (open or closed) affine halfspaces of or and . The set of all NNC polyhedra on the vector space is denoted .
The set is a closed convex polyhedron (closed polyhedron, for short) if and only if either can be expressed as the intersection of a finite number of closed affine halfspaces of or and . The set of all closed polyhedra on the vector space is denoted .
When ordering NNC polyhedra by the set inclusion relation, the empty set and the vector space are, respectively, the smallest and the biggest elements of both and . The vector space is also called the universe polyhedron.
In theoretical terms, is a lattice under set inclusion and is a sublattice of .
An NNC polyhedron is bounded if there exists a such that:
A bounded polyhedron is also called a polytope.
NNC polyhedra can be specified by using two possible representations, the constraints (or implicit) representation and the generators (or parametric) representation.
In the sequel, we will simply write ``equality'' and ``inequality'' to mean ``linear equality'' and ``linear inequality'', respectively; also, we will refer to either an equality or an inequality as a constraint.
By definition, each polyhedron is the set of solutions to a constraint system, i.e., a finite number of constraints. By using matrix notation, we have
where, for all , and , and are the number of equalities, the number of nonstrict inequalities, and the number of strict inequalities, respectively.
Let be a finite set of vectors. For all scalars , the vector is said to be a linear combination of the vectors in . Such a combination is said to be
We denote by (resp., , , ) the set of all the linear (resp., positive, affine, convex) combinations of the vectors in .
Let , where . We denote by the set of all convex combinations of the vectors in such that for some (informally, we say that there exists a vector of that plays an active role in the convex combination). Note that so that, if ,
It can be observed that is an affine space, is a topologically closed convex cone, is a topologically closed polytope, and is an NNC polytope.
Let be an NNC polyhedron. Then
A point of an NNC polyhedron is a vertex if and only if it cannot be expressed as a convex combination of any other pair of distinct points in . A ray of a polyhedron is an extreme ray if and only if it cannot be expressed as a positive combination of any other pair and of rays of , where , and for all (i.e., rays differing by a positive scalar factor are considered to be the same ray).
Each NNC polyhedron can be represented by finite sets of lines , rays , points and closure points of . The 4tuple is said to be a generator system for , in the sense that
where the symbol ' ' denotes the Minkowski's sum.
When is a closed polyhedron, then it can be represented by finite sets of lines , rays and points of . In this case, the 3tuple is said to be a generator system for since we have
Thus, in this case, every closure point of is a point of .
For any and generator system for , we have if and only if . Also must contain all the vertices of although can be nonempty and have no vertices. In this case, as is necessarily nonempty, it must contain points of that are not vertices. For instance, the halfspace of corresponding to the single constraint can be represented by the generator system such that , , , and . It is also worth noting that the only ray in is not an extreme ray of .
A constraints system for an NNC polyhedron is said to be minimized if no proper subset of is a constraint system for .
Similarly, a generator system for an NNC polyhedron is said to be minimized if there does not exist a generator system for such that , , and .
Any NNC polyhedron can be described by using a constraint system , a generator system , or both by means of the double description pair (DD pair) . The double description method is a collection of wellknown as well as novel theoretical results showing that, given one kind of representation, there are algorithms for computing a representation of the other kind and for minimizing both representations by removing redundant constraints/generators.
Such changes of representation form a key step in the implementation of many operators on NNC polyhedra: this is because some operators, such as intersections and polyhulls, are provided with a natural and efficient implementation when using one of the representations in a DD pair, while being rather cumbersome when using the other.
As indicated above, when an NNC polyhedron is necessarily closed, we can ignore the closure points contained in its generator system (as every closure point is also a point) and represent by the triple . Similarly, can be represented by a constraint system that has no strict inequalities. Thus a necessarily closed polyhedron can have a smaller representation than one that is not necessarily closed. Moreover, operators restricted to work on closed polyhedra only can be implemented more efficiently. For this reason the library provides two alternative ``topological kinds'' for a polyhedron, NNC and C. We shall abuse terminology by referring to the topological kind of a polyhedron as its topology.
In the library, the topology of each polyhedron object is fixed once for all at the time of its creation and must be respected when performing operations on the polyhedron.
Unless it is otherwise stated, all the polyhedra, constraints and/or generators in any library operation must obey the following topologicalcompatibility rules:
Wherever possible, the library provides methods that, starting from a polyhedron of a given topology, build the corresponding polyhedron having the other topology.
The space dimension of an NNC polyhedron (resp., a C polyhedron ) is the dimension of the corresponding vector space . The space dimension of constraints, generators and other objects of the library is defined similarly.
Unless it is otherwise stated, all the polyhedra, constraints and/or generators in any library operation must obey the following (space) dimensioncompatibility rules:
While the space dimension of a constraint, a generator or a system thereof is automatically adjusted when needed, the space dimension of a polyhedron can only be changed by explicit calls to operators provided for that purpose.
A finite set of points is affinely independent if, for all , the system of equations
implies that, for each , .
The maximum number of affinely independent points in is .
A nonempty NNC polyhedron has affine dimension , denoted by , if the maximum number of affinely independent points in is .
We remark that the above definition only applies to polyhedra that are not empty, so that . By convention, the affine dimension of an empty polyhedron is 0 (even though the ``natural'' generalization of the definition above would imply that the affine dimension of an empty polyhedron is ).
An NNC polyhedron is called rational if it can be represented by a constraint system where all the constraints have rational coefficients. It has been shown that an NNC polyhedron is rational if and only if it can be represented by a generator system where all the generators have rational coefficients.
The library only supports rational polyhedra. The restriction to rational numbers applies not only to polyhedra, but also to the other numeric arguments that may be required by the operators considered, such as the coefficients defining (rational) affine transformations.
In this section we briefly describe operations on NNC polyhedra that are provided by the library.
For any pair of NNC polyhedra , the intersection of and , defined as the set intersection , is the biggest NNC polyhedron included in both and ; similarly, the convex polyhedral hull (or polyhull) of and , denoted by , is the smallest NNC polyhedron that includes both and . The intersection and polyhull of any pair of closed polyhedra in is also closed.
In theoretical terms, the intersection and polyhull operators defined above are the binary meet and the binary join operators on the lattices and .
For any pair of NNC polyhedra , the convex polyhedral difference (or polydifference) of and is defined as the smallest convex polyhedron containing the settheoretic difference of and .
In general, even though are topologically closed polyhedra, their polydifference may be a convex polyhedron that is not topologically closed. For this reason, when computing the polydifference of two C polyhedra, the library will enforce the topological closure of the result.
Viewing a polyhedron as a set of tuples (its points), it is sometimes useful to consider the set of tuples obtained by concatenating an ordered pair of polyhedra. Formally, the concatenation of the polyhedra and (taken in this order) is the polyhedron such that
Another way of seeing it is as follows: first embed polyhedron into a vector space of dimension and then add a suitably renamedapart version of the constraints defining .
The library provides two operators for adding a number of space dimensions to an NNC polyhedron , therefore transforming it into a new NNC polyhedron . In both cases, the added dimensions of the vector space are those having the highest indices.
The operator add_space_dimensions_and_embed
embeds the polyhedron into the new vector space of dimension and returns the polyhedron defined by all and only the constraints defining (the variables corresponding to the added dimensions are unconstrained). For instance, when starting from a polyhedron and adding a third space dimension, the result will be the polyhedron
In contrast, the operator add_space_dimensions_and_project
projects the polyhedron into the new vector space of dimension and returns the polyhedron whose constraint system, besides the constraints defining , will include additional constraints on the added dimensions. Namely, the corresponding variables are all constrained to be equal to 0. For instance, when starting from a polyhedron and adding a third space dimension, the result will be the polyhedron
The library provides two operators for removing space dimensions from an NNC polyhedron , therefore transforming it into a new NNC polyhedron where .
Given a set of variables, the operator remove_space_dimensions
removes all the space dimensions specified by the variables in the set. For instance, letting be the singleton set , then after invoking this operator with the set of variables the resulting polyhedron is
Given a space dimension less than or equal to that of the polyhedron, the operator remove_higher_space_dimensions
removes the space dimensions having indices greater than or equal to . For instance, letting defined as before, by invoking this operator with the resulting polyhedron will be
The operator map_space_dimensions
provided by the library maps the dimensions of the vector space according to a partial injective function such that with . Dimensions corresponding to indices that are not mapped by are removed.
If , i.e., if the function is undefined everywhere, then the operator projects the argument polyhedron onto the zerodimension space ; otherwise the result is given by
The operator expand_space_dimension
provided by the library adds new space dimensions to a polyhedron , with , so that dimensions , , , of the result are exact copies of the th space dimension of . More formally,
This operation has been proposed in [GDDetal04].
The operator fold_space_dimensions
provided by the library, given a polyhedron , with , folds a set of space dimensions , with and for each , into space dimension , where . The result is given by
where
and, for , , ,
and, finally, for , , ,
( denotes the cardinality of the finite set ).
This operation has been proposed in [GDDetal04].
For each relation , we denote by the image under of the set ; formally,
Similarly, we denote by the preimage under of , that is
If , then the relation is said to be space dimension preserving.
The relation is said to be an affine relation if there exists such that
where , , and , for each .
As a special case, the relation is an affine function if and only if there exist a matrix and a vector such that,
The set of NNC polyhedra is closed under the application of images and preimages of any space dimension preserving affine relation. The same property holds for the set of closed polyhedra, provided the affine relation makes no use of the strict relation symbols and . Images and preimages of affine relations can be used to model several kinds of transition relations, including deterministic assignments of affine expressions, (affinely constrained) nondeterministic assignments and affine conditional guards.
A space dimension preserving relation can be specified by means of a shorthand notation:
As an example, assuming , the notation , where the primed variable does not occur, is meant to specify the affine relation defined by
The same relation is specified by , since occurs with coefficient 0.
The library allows for the computation of images and preimages of polyhedra under restricted subclasses of space dimension preserving affine relations, as described in the following.
Given a primed variable and an unprimed affine expression , the affine function is defined by
where
and the (resp., ) occur in the st row in (resp., position in ). Thus function maps any vector to
The affine image operator computes the affine image of a polyhedron under . For instance, suppose the polyhedron to be transformed is the square in generated by the set of points . Then, if the primed variable is and the affine expression is (so that , ), the affine image operator will translate to the parallelogram generated by the set of points with height equal to the side of the square and oblique sides parallel to the line . If the primed variable is as before (i.e., ) but the affine expression is (so that ), then the resulting polyhedron is the positive diagonal of the square.
The affine preimage operator computes the affine preimage of a polyhedron under . For instance, suppose now that we apply the affine preimage operator as given in the first example using primed variable and affine expression to the parallelogram ; then we get the original square back. If, on the other hand, we apply the affine preimage operator as given in the second example using primed variable and affine expression to , then the resulting polyhedron is the stripe obtained by adding the line to polyhedron .
Observe that provided the coefficient of the considered variable in the affine expression is nonzero, the affine function is invertible.
Given a primed variable and two unprimed affine expressions and , the bounded affine relation is defined as
Let be the set of floating point numbers representables in a certain format and let be the set of real intervals with bounds in . We can define a floatingpoint interval linear form as:
where , for each .
Given a such linear form and a primed variable the affine form image operator computes the bounded affine image of a polyhedron under , where and are the upper and lower bound of respectively.
Similarly, the generalized affine relation , where and are affine expressions and is a relation symbol, is defined as
When and , then the above affine relation becomes equivalent to the singleupdate affine function (hence the name given to this operator). It is worth stressing that the notation is not symmetric, because the variables occurring in expression are interpreted as primed variables, whereas those occurring in are unprimed; for instance, the transfer relations and are not equivalent in general.
The operator unconstrain
computes the cylindrification [HMT71] of a polyhedron with respect to one of its variables. Formally, the cylindrification of an NNC polyhedron with respect to variable index is defined as follows:
Cylindrification is an idempotent operation; in particular, note that the computed result has the same space dimension of the original polyhedron. A variant of the operator above allows for the cylindrification of a polyhedron with respect to a finite set of variables.
The timeelapse operator has been defined in [HPR97]. Actually, the timeelapse operator provided by the library is a slight generalization of that one, since it also works on NNC polyhedra. For any two NNC polyhedra , the timeelapse between and , denoted , is the smallest NNC polyhedron containing the set
Note that the above set might not be an NNC polyhedron.
The positive timeelapse operator has been defined in [BFM11,BFM13]. The operator provided by the library works on NNC polyhedra. For any two NNC polyhedra , the positive timeelapse between and , denoted , is the NNC polyhedron containing exactly the set
where denotes the set of strictly positive reals. Notice that, differently from the case of the timeelapse operator, the set is always an NNC polyhedron, if and are.
The exact version of the timeelapse operator defined in Section TimeElapse Operator, which may not be an NNC polyhedron, can be computed as the union of two NNC polyhedra, according to the following equation: .
Let be NNC polyhedra. Then:
Notice that an enlargement need not be a simplification, and vice versa; moreover, the identity function is (trivially) a meetpreserving enlargement and simplification.
The library provides a binary operator (simplify_using_context
) for the domain of NNC polyhedra that returns a polyhedron which is a meetpreserving enlargement simplification of its first argument using the second argument as context.
The concept of meetpreserving enlargement and simplification also applies to the other basic domains (boxes, grids, BD and octagonal shapes). See below for a definition of the concept of meetpreserving simplification for powerset domains.
The library provides operators for checking the relation holding between an NNC polyhedron and either a constraint or a generator.
Suppose is an NNC polyhedron and an arbitrary constraint system representing . Suppose also that is a constraint with and the set of points that satisfy . The possible relations between and are as follows.
The polyhedron subsumes the generator if adding to any generator system representing does not change .
The library provides two widening operators for the domain of polyhedra. The first one, that we call H79widening, mainly follows the specification provided in the PhD thesis of N. Halbwachs [Hal79], also described in [HPR97]. Note that in the computation of the H79widening of two polyhedra it is required as a precondition that (the same assumption was implicitly present in the cited papers).
The second widening operator, that we call BHRZ03widening, is an instance of the specification provided in [BHRZ03a]. This operator also requires as a precondition that and it is guaranteed to provide a result which is at least as precise as the H79widening.
Both widening operators can be applied to NNC polyhedra. The user is warned that, in such a case, the results may not closely match the geometric intuition which is at the base of the specification of the two widenings. The reason is that, in the current implementation, the widenings are not directly applied to the NNC polyhedra, but rather to their internal representations. Implementation work is in progress and future versions of the library may provide an even better integration of the two widenings with the domain of NNC polyhedra.
p
and q
, respectively, then the call q.H79_widening_assign(p)
will assign the polyhedron to variable q
. Namely, it is the bigger polyhedron which is overwritten by the result of the widening. The smaller polyhedron is not modified, so as to lead to an easier coding of the usual convergence test ( can be coded as p.contains(q)
). Note that, in the above context, a call such as p.H79_widening_assign(q)
is likely to result in undefined behavior, since the precondition will be missed (unless it happens that ). The same observation holds for all flavors of widenings and extrapolation operators that are implemented in the library and for all the language interfaces.When approximating a fixpoint computation using widening operators, a common tactic to improve the precision of the final result is to delay the application of widening operators. The usual approach is to fix a parameter and only apply widenings starting from the th iteration.
The library also supports an improved widening delay strategy, that we call widening with tokens [BHRZ03a]. A token is a sort of wild card allowing for the replacement of the widening application by the exact upper bound computation: the token is used (and thus consumed) only when the widening would have resulted in an actual precision loss (as opposed to the potential precision loss of the classical delay strategy). Thus, all widening operators can be supplied with an optional argument, recording the number of available tokens, which is decremented when tokens are used. The approximated fixpoint computation will start with a fixed number of tokens, which will be used if and when needed. When there are no tokens left, the widening is always applied.
Besides the two widening operators, the library also implements several extrapolation operators, which differ from widenings in that their use along an upper iteration sequence does not ensure convergence in a finite number of steps.
In particular, for each of the two widenings there is a corresponding limited extrapolation operator, which can be used to implement the widening ``up to'' technique as described in [HPR97]. Each limited extrapolation operator takes a constraint system as an additional parameter and uses it to improve the approximation yielded by the corresponding widening operator. Note that a convergence guarantee can only be obtained by suitably restricting the set of constraints that can occur in this additional parameter. For instance, in [HPR97] this set is fixed once and for all before starting the computation of the upward iteration sequence.
The bounded extrapolation operators further enhance each one of the limited extrapolation operators described above by intersecting the result of the limited extrapolation operation with the box obtained as a result of applying the CC76widening to the smallest boxes enclosing the two argument polyhedra.
The PPL provides support for computations on nonrelational domains, called boxes, and also the interval domains used for their representation.
An interval in is a pair of bounds, called lower and upper. Each bound can be either (1) closed and bounded, (2) open and bounded, or (3) open and unbounded. If the bound is bounded, then it has a value in . For each vector and scalar , and for each relation symbol , the constraint is said to be a interval constraint if there exist an index such that, for all , . Thus each interval constraint that is not a tautology or inconsistent has the form , , , or , with .
Letting be a sequence of intervals and be the vector in with 1 in the 'th position and zeroes in every other position; if the lower bound of the 'th interval in is bounded, the corresponding interval constraint is defined as , where is the value of the bound and is if it is a closed bound and if it is an open bound. Similarly, if the upper bound of the 'th interval in is bounded, the corresponding interval constraint is defined as , where is the value of the bound and is if it is a closed bound and if it is an open bound.
A convex polyhedron is said to be a box if and only if either is the set of solutions to a finite set of interval constraints or and . Therefore any dimensional box in where can be represented by a sequence of intervals in and is a closed polyhedron if every bound in the intervals in is either closed and bounded or open and unbounded.
The library provides a widening operator for boxes. Given two sequences of intervals defining two dimensional boxes, the CC76widening applies, for each corresponding interval and bound, the interval constraint widening defined in [CC76]. For extra precision, this incorporates the widening with thresholds as defined in [BCCetal02] with as the set of default threshold values.
The PPL provides support for computations on numerical domains that, in selected contexts, can achieve a better precision/efficiency ratio with respect to the corresponding computations on a ``fully relational'' domain of convex polyhedra. This is achieved by restricting the syntactic form of the constraints that can be used to describe the domain elements.
For each vector and scalar , and for each relation symbol , the linear constraint is said to be a bounded difference if there exist two indices such that:
A convex polyhedron is said to be a bounded difference shape (BDS, for short) if and only if either can be expressed as the intersection of a finite number of bounded difference constraints or and .
For each vector and scalar , and for each relation symbol , the linear constraint is said to be an octagonal if there exist two indices such that:
A convex polyhedron is said to be an octagonal shape (OS, for short) if and only if either can be expressed as the intersection of a finite number of octagonal constraints or and .
Note that, since any bounded difference is also an octagonal constraint, any BDS is also an OS. The name ``octagonal'' comes from the fact that, in a vector space of dimension 2, a bounded OS can have eight sides at most.
By construction, any BDS or OS is always topologically closed. Under the usual set inclusion ordering, the set of all BDSs (resp., OSs) on the vector space is a lattice having the empty set and the universe as the smallest and the biggest elements, respectively. In theoretical terms, it is a meet sublattice of ; moreover, the lattice of BDSs is a meet sublattice of the lattice of OSs. The least upper bound of a finite set of BDSs (resp., OSs) is said to be their bdshull (resp., octhull).
As far as the representation of the rational inhomogeneous term of each bounded difference or octagonal constraint is concerned, several roundingaware implementation choices are available, including:
The user interface for BDSs and OSs is meant to be as similar as possible to the one developed for the domain of closed polyhedra: in particular, all operators on polyhedra are also available for the domains of BDSs and OSs, even though they are typically characterized by a lower degree of precision. For instance, the bdsdifference and octdifference operators return (the smallest) overapproximations of the settheoretical difference operator on the corresponding domains. In the case of (generalized) images and preimages of affine relations, suitable (possibly notoptimal) overapproximations are computed when the considered relations cannot be precisely modeled by only using bounded differences or octagonal constraints.
For the domains of BDSs and OSs, the library provides a variant of the widening operator for convex polyhedra defined in [CH78]. The implementation follows the specification in [BHMZ05a,BHMZ05b], resulting in an operator which is welldefined on the corresponding domain (i.e., it does not depend on the internal representation of BDSs or OSs), while still ensuring convergence in a finite number of steps.
The library also implements an extension of the widening operator for intervals as defined in [CC76]. The reader is warned that such an extension, even though being welldefined on the domain of BDSs and OSs, is not provided with a convergence guarantee and is therefore an extrapolation operator.
In this section we introduce rational grids as provided by the library. See also [BDHetal05] for a detailed description of this domain.
The library supports two representations for the grids domain; congruence systems and grid generator systems. We first describe linear congruence relations which form the elements of a congruence system.
For any , denotes the congruence .
Let . For each vector and scalars , the notation stands for the linear congruence relation in defined by the set of vectors
when , the relation is said to be proper; (i.e., when ) denotes the equality . is called the frequency or modulus and the base value of the relation. Thus, provided , the relation defines the set of affine hyperplanes
if , defines the universe and the empty set, otherwise.
The set is a rational grid if and only if either is the set of vectors in that satisfy a finite system of congruence relations in or and .
We also say that is described by and that is a congruence system for .
The grid domain is the set of all rational grids described by finite sets of congruence relations in .
If the congruence system describes the , the empty grid, then we say that is inconsistent. For example, the congruence systems meaning that and , for any , meaning that the value of an expression must be both even and odd are both inconsistent since both describe the empty grid.
When ordering grids by the set inclusion relation, the empty set and the vector space (which is described by the empty set of congruence relations) are, respectively, the smallest and the biggest elements of . The vector space is also called the universe grid.
In set theoretical terms, is a lattice under set inclusion.
Let be a finite set of vectors. For all scalars , the vector is said to be a integer combination of the vectors in .
We denote by (resp., ) the set of all the integer (resp., integer and affine) combinations of the vectors in .
Let be a grid. Then
We can generate any rational grid in from a finite subset of its points, parameters and lines; each point in a grid is obtained by adding a linear combination of its generating lines to an integral combination of its parameters and an integral affine combination of its generating points.
If are each finite subsets of and
where the symbol ' ' denotes the Minkowski's sum, then is a rational grid (see Section 4.4 in [Sch99] and also Proposition 8 in [BDHetal05]). The 3tuple is said to be a grid generator system for and we write .
Note that the grid if and only if the set of grid points . If , then where, for some , .
A minimized congruence system for is such that, if is another congruence system for , then . Note that a minimized congruence system for a nonempty grid has at most congruence relations.
Similarly, a minimized grid generator system for is such that, if is another grid generator system for , then and . Note that a minimized grid generator system for a grid has no more than a total of grid lines, parameters and points.
As for convex polyhedra, any grid can be described by using a congruence system for , a grid generator system for , or both by means of the double description pair (DD pair) . The double description method for grids is a collection of theoretical results very similar to those for convex polyhedra showing that, given one kind of representation, there are algorithms for computing a representation of the other kind and for minimizing both representations.
As for convex polyhedra, such changes of representation form a key step in the implementation of many operators on grids such as, for example, intersection and grid join.
The space dimension of a grid is the dimension of the corresponding vector space . The space dimension of congruence relations, grid generators and other objects of the library is defined similarly.
A nonempty grid has affine dimension , denoted by , if the maximum number of affinely independent points in is . The affine dimension of an empty grid is defined to be 0. Thus we have .
In general, the operations on rational grids are the same as those for the other PPL domains and the definitions of these can be found in Section Operations on Convex Polyhedra. Below we just describe those operations that have features or behavior that is in some way special to the grid domain.
As for convex polyhedra (see SingleUpdate Affine Functions), the library provides affine image and preimage operators for grids: given a variable and linear expression , these determine the affine transformation that transforms any point in a grid to
The affine image operator computes the affine image of a grid under . For instance, suppose the grid to be transformed is the nonrelational grid in generated by the set of grid points . Then, if the considered variable is and the linear expression is (so that , ), the affine image operator will translate to the grid generated by the set of grid points which is the grid generated by the grid point and parameters ; or, alternatively defined by the congruence system . If the considered variable is as before (i.e., ) but the linear expression is (so that ), then the resulting grid is the grid containing all the points whose coordinates are integral multiples of 3 and lie on line .
The affine preimage operator computes the affine preimage of a grid under . For instance, suppose now that we apply the affine preimage operator as given in the first example using variable and linear expression to the grid ; then we get the original grid back. If, on the other hand, we apply the affine preimage operator as given in the second example using variable and linear expression to , then the resulting grid will consist of all the points in where the coordinate is an integral multiple of 3.
Observe that provided the coefficient of the considered variable in the linear expression is nonzero, the affine transformation is invertible.
Similarly to convex polyhedra (see Generalized Affine Relations), the library provides two other grid operators that are generalizations of the single update affine image and preimage operators for grids. The generalized affine image operator , where and are affine expressions and , is defined as
Note that, when and , so that the transfer function is an equality, then the above operator is equivalent to the application of the standard affine image of with respect to the variable and the affine expression .
Let be any nonempty grid and be a linear expression. Then if, for some , all the points in satisfy the congruence , then the maximum such that this holds is called the frequency of with respect to .
The frequency operator provided by the library returns both the frequency and a value where and
Observe that the above definition is also applied to other simple objects in the library like polyhedra, octagonal shapes, bdshapes and boxes and in such cases the definition of frequency can be simplified. For instance, the frequency for an object is defined if and only if there is a unique value such that saturates the equality ; in this case the frequency is and the value returned is .
For any two grids , the timeelapse between and , denoted , is the grid
The library provides operators for checking the relation holding between a grid and a congruence, a grid generator, a constraint or a (polyhedron) generator.
Suppose is a grid and an arbitrary congruence system representing . Suppose also that is a congruence relation with . The possible relations between and are as follows.
For the relation between and a constraint, suppose that is a constraint with and the set of points that satisfy . The possible relations between and are as follows.
A grid subsumes a grid generator if adding to any grid generator system representing does not change .
A grid subsumes a (polyhedron) point or closure point if adding the corresponding grid point to any grid generator system representing does not change . A grid subsumes a (polyhedron) ray or line if adding the corresponding grid line to any grid generator system representing does not change .
The operator wrap_assign
provided by the library, allows for the wrapping of a subset of the set of space dimensions so as to fit the given bounded integer type and have the specified overflow behavior. In order to maximize the precision of this operator for grids, the exact behavior differs in some respects from the other simple classes of geometric descriptors.
Suppose is a grid and a subset of the set of space dimensions . Suppose also that the width of the bounded integer type is so that the range of values if the type is unsigned and otherwise. Consider a space dimension and a variable for dimension .
If the value in for the variable is a constant in the range , then it is unchanged. Otherwise the result of the operation on will depend on the specified overflow behavior.
The library provides grid widening operators for the domain of grids. The congruence widening and generator widening follow the specifications provided in [BDHetal05]. The third widening uses either the congruence or the generator widening, the exact rule governing this choice at the time of the call is left to the implementation. Note that, as for the widenings provided for convex polyhedra, all the operations provided by the library for computing a widening of grids require as a precondition that .
This is as for widening with tokens for convex polyhedra.
Besides the widening operators, the library also implements several extrapolation operators, which differ from widenings in that their use along an upper iteration sequence does not ensure convergence in a finite number of steps.
In particular, for each grid widening that is provided, there is a corresponding limited extrapolation operator, which can be used to implement the widening ``up to'' technique as described in [HPR97]. Each limited extrapolation operator takes a congruence system as an additional parameter and uses it to improve the approximation yielded by the corresponding widening operator. Note that, as in the case for convex polyhedra, a convergence guarantee can only be obtained by suitably restricting the set of congruence relations that can occur in this additional parameter.
The PPL provides the finite powerset construction; this takes a preexisting domain and upgrades it to one that can represent disjunctive information (by using a finite number of disjuncts). The construction follows the approach described in [Bag98], also summarized in [BHZ04] where there is an account of generic widenings for the powerset domain (some of which are supported in the pointset powerset domain instantiation of this construction described in Section The Pointset Powerset Domain).
The domain is built from a preexisting baselevel domain which must include an entailment relation ` ', meet operation ` ', a top element ` ' and bottom element ` '.
A set is called nonredundant with respect to ` ' if and only if and . The set of finite nonredundant subsets of (with respect to ` ') is denoted by . The function , called Omegareduction, maps a finite set into its nonredundant counterpart; it is defined, for each , by
where denotes .
As the intended semantics of a powerset domain element is that of disjunction of the semantics of , the finite set is semantically equivalent to the nonredundant set ; and elements of will be called disjuncts. The restriction to the finite subsets reflects the fact that here disjunctions are implemented by explicit collections of disjuncts. As a consequence of this restriction, for any such that , is the (finite) set of the maximal elements of .
The finite powerset domain over a domain is the set of all finite nonredundant sets of and denoted by . The domain includes an approximation ordering ` ' defined so that, for any and , if and only if
Therefore the top element is and the bottom element is the emptyset.
omega_reduce()
, e.g., before performing the output of a powerset element. Note that all the documented operators automatically perform Omegareductions on their arguments, when needed or appropriate.In this section we briefly describe the generic operations on Powerset Domains that are provided by the library for any given baselevel domain .
Given the sets and , the meet and upper bound operators provided by the library returns the set and Omegareduced set union respectively.
Given the powerset element and the baselevel element , the add disjunct operator provided by the library returns the powerset element .
If the given powerset element is not empty, then the collapse operator returns the singleton powerset consisting of an upperbound of all the disjuncts.
The pointset powerset domain provided by the PPL is the finite powerset domain (defined in Section The Powerset Construction) whose baselevel domain is one of the classes of semantic geometric descriptors listed in Section Semantic Geometric Descriptors.
In addition to the operations described for the generic powerset domain in Section Operations on the Powerset Construction, the PPL provides all the generic operations listed in Generic Operations on Semantic Geometric Descriptors. Here we just describe those operations that are particular to the pointset powerset domain.
Let , and be Omegareduced elements of a pointset powerset domain over the same baselevel domain. Then:
The library provides a binary operator (simplify_using_context
) for the pointset powerset domain that returns a powerset which is a powerset meetpreserving, powerset simplification and disjunct meetpreserving simplification of its first argument using the second argument as context.
Notice that, due to the powerset simplification property, in general a meetpreserving powerset simplification is not an enlargement with respect to the ordering defined on the powerset lattice. Because of this, the operator provided by the library is only welldefined when the baselevel domain is not itself a powerset domain.
Given the pointset powersets over the same baselevel domain and with the same space dimension, then we say that geometrically covers if every point (in some disjunct) of is also a point in a disjunct of . If geometrically covers and geometrically covers , then we say that they are geometrically equal.
Given the pointset powerset over a baselevel semantic GD domain , then the pairwise merge operator takes pairs of distinct elements in whose upper bound (denoted here by ) in (using the PPL operator upper_bound_assign()
for ) is the same as their settheoretical union and replaces them by their union. This replacement is done recursively so that, for each pair of distinct disjuncts in the result set, we have .
The library implements a generalization of the extrapolation operator for powerset domains proposed in [BGP99]. The operator BGP99_extrapolation_assign
is made parametric by allowing for the specification of any PPL extrapolation operator for the baselevel domain. Note that, even when the extrapolation operator for the baselevel domain is known to be a widening on , the BGP99_extrapolation_assign
operator cannot guarantee the convergence of the iteration sequence in a finite number of steps (for a counterexample, see [BHZ04]).
The PPL library provides support for the specification of proper widening operators on the pointset powerset domain. In particular, this version of the library implements an instance of the certificatebased widening framework proposed in [BHZ03b].
A finite convergence certificate for an extrapolation operator is a formal way of ensuring that such an operator is indeed a widening on the considered domain. Given a widening operator on the baselevel domain , together with the corresponding convergence certificate, the BHZ03 framework is able to lift this widening on to a widening on the pointset powerset domain; ensuring convergence in a finite number of iterations.
Being highly parametric, the BHZ03 widening framework can be instantiated in many ways. The current implementation provides the templatic operator BHZ03_widening_assign<Certificate, Widening>
which only exploits a fraction of this generality, by allowing the user to specify the baselevel widening function and the corresponding certificate. The widening strategy is fixed and uses two extrapolation heuristics: first, the upper bound operator for the baselevel domain is tried; second, the BGP99 extrapolation operator is tried, possibly applying pairwise merging. If both heuristics fail to converge according to the convergence certificate, then an attempt is made to apply the baselevel widening to the upper bound of the two arguments, possibly improving the result obtained by means of the difference operator for the baselevel domain. For more details and a justification of the overall approach, see [BHZ03b] and [BHZ04].
The library provides several convergence certificates. Note that, for the domain of Polyhedra, while Parma_Polyhedra_Library::BHRZ03_Certificate the "BHRZ03_Certificate" is compatible with both the BHRZ03 and the H79 widenings, H79_Certificate is only compatible with the latter. Note that using different certificates will change the results obtained, even when using the same baselevel widening operator. It is also worth stressing that it is up to the user to see that the widening operator is actually compatible with a given convergence certificate. If such a requirement is not met, then an extrapolation operator will be obtained.
This section describes the PPL abstract domains that are used for approximating floating point computations in software analysis. We follow the approch described in [Min04] and more detailedly in [Min05]. We will denote by the set of all floating point variables in the analyzed program. We will also denote by the set of floating point numbers in the format used by the analyzer (that is, the machine running the PPL) and by the set of floating point numbers in the format used by the machine that is expected to run the analyzed program. Recall that floating point numbers include the infinities and .
Generic concrete floating point expressions on are represented by the Floating_Point_Expression
abstract class. Its concrete derivate classes are:
Cast_Floating_Point_Expression
,Constant_Floating_Point_Expression
,Variable_Floating_Point_Expression
,Opposite_Floating_Point_Expression
, that is the negation (unary minus) of a floating point expression,Sum_Floating_Point_Expression
, that is the sum of two floating point expressions,Difference_Floating_Point_Expression
, that is the difference of two floating point expressions,Multiplication_Floating_Point_Expression
, that is the product of two floating point expressions, andDivision_Floating_Point_Expression
, that is the division of two floating point expressions.The set of all the possible values in of a floating point expression at a given program point in a given abstract store can be overapproximated by a linear form with interval coefficients, that is a linear expression of this kind:
where all are free floating point variables and and all are elements of , defined as the set of all intervals with boundaries in . This operation is called linearization and is performed by the method linearize of floating point expression classes.
Even though the intervals may be open, we will always use closed intervals in the documentation for the sake of simplicity, with the exception of unbounded intervals that have boundaries. We denote the set of all linear forms on by .
The Linear_Form
class provides common algebraic operations on linear forms: you can add or subtract two linear forms, and multiply or divide a linear form by a scalar. We are writing only about interval linear forms in this section, so our scalars will always be intervals with floating point boundaries. The operations on interval linear forms are intuitively defined as follows:
Where and are the corresponding operations on intervals. Note that these operations always round the interval's lower bound towards and the upper bound towards in order to obtain a correct overapproximation.
A (composite) floating point abstract store is used to associate each floating point variable with its currently known approximation. The store is composed by two parts:
An interval abstract store is represented by a Box
with floating point boundaries, while a linear form abstract store is a map of the Standard Template Library. The linearize
method requires both stores as its arguments. Please see the documentation of floating point expression classes for more information.
The linearization of a floating point expression in the composite abstract store will be denoted by . There are two ways a linearization attempt can fail:
Three of the other abstract domains of the PPL ( BD_Shape
, Octagonal_Shape
, and Polyhedron
) provide a few optimized methods to be used in the analysis of floating point computations. They are recognized by the fact that they take interval linear forms and/or an interval abstract stores as their parameters.
Please see the methods' documentation for more information.
When adopting the double description method for the representation of convex polyhedra, the implementation of most of the operators may require an explicit conversion from one of the two representations into the other one, leading to algorithms having a worstcase exponential complexity. However, thanks to the adoption of lazy and incremental computation techniques, the library turns out to be rather efficient in many practical cases.
In earlier versions of the library, a number of operators were introduced in two flavors: a lazy version and an eager version, the latter having the operator name ending with _and_minimize
. In principle, only the lazy versions should be used. The eager versions were added to help a knowledgeable user obtain better performance in particular cases. Basically, by invoking the eager version of an operator, the user is trading laziness to better exploit the incrementality of the inner library computations. Starting from version 0.5, the lazy and incremental computation techniques have been refined to achieve a better integration: as a consequence, the lazy versions of the operators are now almost always more efficient than the eager versions.
One of the cases when an eager computation might still make sense is when the wellknown failfirst principle comes into play. For instance, if you have to compute the intersection of several polyhedra and you strongly suspect that the result will become empty after a few of these intersections, then you may obtain a better performance by calling the eager version of the intersection operator, since the minimization process also enforces an emptiness check. Note anyway that the same effect can be obtained by interleaving the calls of the lazy operator with explicit emptiness checks.
_and_minimize
) of these operators is deprecated; this is in preparation of their complete removal, which will occur starting from version 0.11.For future versions of the PPL library all practical instantiations for the disjuncts for a pointset_powerset and component domains for the partially_reduced_product domains will be fully supported. However, for version 0.10, these compound domains should not themselves occur as one of their argument domains. Therefore their use comes with the following warning.
Pointset_Powerset<PSET>
and Partially_Reduced_Product<D1, D2, R>
should only be used with the following instantiations for the disjunct domain template PSET
and component domain templates D1
and D2:
C_Polyhedron
, NNC_Polyhedron
, Grid
, Octagonal_Shape<T>
, BD_Shape<T>
, Box<T>
.The PPL library is mainly a collection of socalled ``concrete data types'': while providing the user with a clean and friendly interface, these types are not meant to — i.e., they should not — be used polymorphically (since, e.g., most of the destructors are not declared virtual
). In practice, this restriction means that the library types should not be used as public base classes to be derived from. A user willing to extend the library types, adding new functionalities, often can do so by using containment instead of inheritance; even when there is the need to override a protected
method, nonpublic inheritance should suffice.
Most operators of the library depend on one or more parameters that are declared ``const'', meaning that they will not be changed by the application of the considered operator. Due to the adoption of lazy computation techniques, in many cases such a constcorrectness guarantee only holds at the semantic level, whereas it does not necessarily hold at the implementation level. For a typical example, consider the extraction from a polyhedron of its constraint system representation. While this operation is not going to change the polyhedron, it might actually invoke the internal conversion algorithm and modify the generators representation of the polyhedron object, e.g., by reordering the generators and removing those that are detected as redundant. Thus, any previously computed reference to the generators of the polyhedron (be it a direct reference object or an indirect one, such as an iterator) will no longer be valid. For this reason, code fragments such as the following should be avoided, as they may result in undefined behavior:
As a rule of thumb, if a polyhedron plays any role in a computation (even as a const parameter), then any previously computed reference to parts of the polyhedron may have been invalidated. Note that, in the example above, the computation of the constraint system could have been placed after the uses of the iterator i
and the reference p
. Anyway, if really needed, it is always possible to take a copy of, instead of a reference to, the parts of interest of the polyhedron; in the case above, one may have taken a copy of the generator system by replacing the second line of code with the following:
The same observations, modulo syntactic sugar, apply to the operators defined in the C interface of the library.
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