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ALF – A Language for WCET Flow Analysis


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Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Worst-Case Execution Time Analysis (WCET09)




Static Worst-Case Execution Time (WCET) analysis derives upper bounds for the execution times of programs. Such bounds are crucial when designing and verifying real-time systems. A key component in static WCET analysis is the flow analysis, which derives bounds on the number of times different code entities can be executed. Examples of flow information derived by a flow analysis are loop bounds and infeasible paths. Flow analysis can be performed on source code, intermediate code, or binary code: for the latter, there is a proliferation of instruction sets. Thus, flow analysis must deal with many code formats. However, the basic flow analysis techniques are more or less the same regardless of the code format. Thus, an interesting option is to define a common code format for flow analysis, which also allows for easy translation from the other formats. Flow analyses for this common format will then be portable, in principle supporting all types of code formats which can be translated to this format. Further, a common format simplifies the development of flow analyses, since only one specific code format needs to be targeted. This paper presents such a common code format, the ALF language (ARTIST2 Language for WCET Flow Analysis).


author = {Jan Gustafsson and Andreas Ermedahl and Bj{\"o}rn Lisper and Christer Sandberg and Linus K{\"a}llberg},
title = {ALF – A Language for WCET Flow Analysis},
editor = {Niklas Holsti},
month = {June},
year = {2009},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Worst-Case Execution Time Analysis (WCET09)},
publisher = {OCG},
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