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    A Formal Model of Forth Control Words in the Pi-Calculus


    Power, James F. and Sinclair, David (2001) A Formal Model of Forth Control Words in the Pi-Calculus. In: 6th International Workshop on Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems, 16-17 July 2001, Paris, France.

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    Abstract

    In this paper we develop a formal specification of aspects of the Forth programming language. We describe the operation of the Forth compiler as it translates Forth control words, dealing in particular with the interpretation of immediate words during compilation. Our goal here is to provide a basis for the study of safety properties of embedded systems, many of which are constructed using Forth or Forth-like languages. To this end we construct a model of the Forth compiler in the pi-calculus, and have simulated its execution by animating this model using the Pict programming language.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Keywords: Forth; operational semantics; picalculus;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 6448
    Depositing User: Dr. James Power
    Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2015 16:20
    Refereed: Yes
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