Termination Analysis with Compositional Relations

Publication Type:

Conference Paper


22nd International Conference on Computer Aided Verification, Springer, Volume 6174, Edinburgh, p.89-103 (2010)


Modern termination provers rely on a safety checker to construct disjunctively well-founded transition invariants. This safety check is known to be the bottleneck of the procedure. We present an alternative algorithm that uses a light-weight check based on transitivity of ranking relations to prove program termination. We provide an experimental evaluation over a set of 87 Windows drivers, and demonstrate that our algorithm is often able to conclude termination by examining only a small fraction of the program. As a consequence, our algorithm is able to outperform known approaches by multiple orders of magnitude.