Panagiotis (Pete) Manolios
College of Computer and Information Science
Northeastern University

Monolithic Verification of Deep Pipelines with Collapsed Flushing

Roma Kane, Panagiotis Manolios, and Sudarshan K. Srinivasan.
DATE 2006, Design, Automation, and Test in Europe. © ACM


We introduce collapsed flushing, a new flushing-based refinement map for automatically verifying safety and liveness properties of term-level pipelined machine models. We also present a new method for handling liveness that is both simpler to define and easier to verify than previous approaches. To empirically validate collapsed flushing, we ran extensive experiments which show more than an order-of-magnitude improvement in verification times over standard flushing. Furthermore, by combining collapsed flushing with commitment refinement maps, we can monolithically verify complex pipelined machine models with deep pipelines---a salient feature of state-of-the-art microprocessor designs---that previous approaches cannot handle.

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