Generating Tests to Verify Machine Descriptions
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AbstractWith the ending of Moore's Law, people are increasingly turning to other ways to leverage performance. x86 has been an industry standard for decades, but in recent years RISC ISAs like ARM and specialized hardware like FPGAs and GPUs are becoming widely used. Because of this, the already labor-intensive task of porting an operating system to different hardware needs a better solution. One possible approach to making porting easier is code synthesis through machine-level and semantic descriptions of hardware. Therefore, it is crucial that machine descriptions accurately reflect the hardware that they attempt to describe. Given a machine description, we generate a suite of tests that, when executed on the target platform, provides assurance that the description accurately reflects the platform's expected behavior.
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