A Provably Correct Stackless Intermediate Representation for Java Bytecode

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Executive Summary

The Java virtual machine executes stack-based bytecode. The intensive use of an operand stack has been identified as a major obstacle for static analysis and it is now common for static analysis tools to manipulate a stackless Intermediate Representation (IR) of bytecode programs. This paper provides such a bytecode transformation, describes its semantic correctness and evaluates its performance. The authors provide the semantic foundations for proving that an initial program and its IR behave similarly, in particular with respect to object creation and throwing of exceptions.

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