SLFHpropHeap predicates

Foundations of Separation Logic
Chapter: "Hprop".
This chapter introduces heap predicates, Separation Logic triples, and the frame rule.
Author: Arthur Charguéraud. License: CC-by 4.0.

Set Implicit Arguments.
From SLF (* Sep *) Require Export SLFExtra.
Import SLFProgramSyntax.
Tweak to simplify the use of definitions and lemmas from Fmap.v.
Arguments Fmap.single {A} {B}.
Arguments Fmap.union {A} {B}.
Arguments Fmap.disjoint {A} {B}.
Arguments Fmap.union_comm_of_disjoint {A} {B}.
Arguments Fmap.union_empty_l {A} {B}.
Arguments Fmap.union_empty_r {A} {B}.
Arguments Fmap.union_assoc {A} {B}.
Arguments Fmap.disjoint_union_eq_l {A} {B}.
Arguments Fmap.disjoint_union_eq_r {A} {B}.

Chapter in a rush

In the programming language that we consider, a concrete memory state is described as a finite map from locations to values.
  • A location has type loc.
  • A value has type val.
  • A state has type state.
Details will be presented in the chapter SLFRules.
To help distinguish between full states and pieces of state, we let the type heap be a synonymous for state but with the intention of representing only a piece of state. Throughout the course, we write s for a full memory state (of type state), and we write h for a piece of memory state (of type heap).
In Separation Logic, a piece of state is described by a "heap predicate", i.e., a predicate over heaps. A heap predicate has type hprop, defined as heapProp, which is equivalent to stateProp.
By convention, throughout the course:
  • H denotes a heap predicate of type hprop; it describes a piece of state,
  • Q denotes a postcondition, of type valhprop; it describes both a result value and a piece of state. Observe that valhprop is equivalent to valstateProp.
This chapter presents the definition of the key heap predicate operators from Separation Logic:
  • \[] denotes the empty heap predicate,
  • \[P] denotes a pure fact,
  • p ~~> v denotes a singleton heap,
  • H1 \* H2 denotes the separating conjunction,
  • Q1 \*+ H2 denotes the separating conjunction, between a postcondition and a heap predicate,
  • \ x, H denotes an existential.
This chapter also introduces the formal definition of triples:
  • a Hoare triple, written hoare t H Q, features a precondition H and a postcondition Q that describe the whole memory state in which the execution of the term t takes place.
  • a Separation Logic triple, written triple t H Q, features a pre- and a postcondition that describes only the piece of the memory state in which the execution of the term t takes place.
This chapter and the following ones exploit a few additional TLC tactics to enable concise proofs.
  • applys is an enhanced version of eapply.
  • applys_eq is a variant of applys that enables matching the arguments of the predicate that appears in the goal "up to equality" rather than "up to conversion".
  • specializes is an enhanced version of specialize.
  • lets and forwards are forward-chaining tactics that enable instantiating a lemma.
What these tactics do should be fairly intuitive where they are used. Note that all exercises can be carried out without using TLC tactics. For details, the chapter UseTactics.v from the "Programming Language Foundations" volume explains the behavior of these tactics.

Syntax and semantics

We assume an imperative programming language with a formal semantics. We do not need to know about the details of the language construct for now. All we need to know is that there exists:
  • a type of terms, written trm,
  • a type of values, written val,
  • a type of states, written state (i.e., finite map from loc to val),
  • a big-step evaluation judgment, written eval h1 t h2 v, asserting that, starting from state s1, the evaluation of the term t terminates in the state s2 and produces the value v.

    Check eval : statetrmstatevalProp.
Remark: the corresponding definitions are described in the chapter SLFRules.
At this point, we don't need to know the exact grammar of terms and values. Let's just give one example to make things concrete. Consider the function: fun x if x then 0 else 1.
In the language that we consider, it can be written in raw syntax as follows.

Definition example_val : val :=
  val_fun "x" (trm_if (trm_var "x") (trm_val (val_int 0)) (trm_val (val_int 1))).
Thanks to a set of coercions and notation, this term can be written in a somewhat more readable way, as follows.

Definition example_val' : trm :=
  Fun "x" :=
    If_ "x" Then 0 Else 1.

Description of the state

Locations, of type loc, denote the addresses of allocated objects. Locations are a particular kind of values.
A state is a finite map from locations to values.
The file Fmap.v provides a self-contained formalization of finite maps, but we do need to know about the details.

Definition state : Type := fmap loc val.
By convention, we use the type state describes a full state of memory, and introduce the type heap to describe just a piece of state.

Definition heap : Type := state.
In particular, the library Fmap.v exports the following definitions.
  • Fmap.empty denotes the empty state,
  • Fmap.single p v denotes a singleton state, that is, a unique cell at location p with contents v,
  • Fmap.union h1 h2 denotes the union of the two states h1 and h2.
  • Fmap.disjoint h1 h2 asserts that h1 and h2 have disjoint domains.
The types of these definitions are as follows.

    Check Fmap.empty : heap.

    Check Fmap.single : locvalheap.

    Check Fmap.union : heapheapheap.

    Check Fmap.disjoint : heapheapProp.
Note that the union operation is commutative only when its two arguments have disjoint domains. Throughout the Separation Logic course, we will only consider disjoint unions, for which commutativity holds.

Heap predicates

In Separation Logic, the state is described using "heap predicates". A heap predicate is a predicate over a piece of state. Let hprop denote the type of heap predicates.

Definition hprop := heap Prop.
Thereafter, let H range over heap predicates.

Implicit Type H : hprop.
An essential aspect of Separation Logic is that all heap predicates defined and used in practice are built using a few basic combinators. In other words, except for the definition of the combinators themselves, we will never define a custom heap predicate directly as a function of the state.
We next describe the most important combinators of Separation Logic. Their use will be illustrated subsequently. For those who followed the "practical Separation Logic course" (files CF*.v), the combinators and the associated notation should already be familiar.
The heap predicate, written \[], characterizes an empty state.

Definition hempty : hprop :=
  fun (h:heap) ⇒ (h = Fmap.empty).

Notation "\[]" := (hempty) (at level 0).
The pure fact predicate, written \[P], characterizes an empty state and moreover asserts that the proposition P is true.

Definition hpure (P:Prop) : hprop :=
  fun (h:heap) ⇒ (h = Fmap.empty) P.

Notation "\[ P ]" := (hpure P) (at level 0, format "\[ P ]").
The singleton heap predicate, written p ~~> v, characterizes a state with a single allocated cell, at location p, storing the value v.

Definition hsingle (p:loc) (v:val) : hprop :=
  fun (h:heap) ⇒ (h = Fmap.single p v).

Notation "p '~~>' v" := (hsingle p v) (at level 32).
The "separating conjunction", written H1 \* H2, characterizes a state that can be decomposed in two disjoint parts, one that satisfies H1, and another that satisfies H2. In the definition below, the two parts are named h1 and h2.

Definition hstar (H1 H2 : hprop) : hprop :=
  fun (h:heap) ⇒ h1 h2, H1 h1
                               H2 h2
                               Fmap.disjoint h1 h2
                               h = Fmap.union h1 h2.

Notation "H1 '\*' H2" := (hstar H1 H2) (at level 41, right associativity).
The existential quantifier for heap predicates, written \ x, H characterizes a heap that satisfies H for some x. The variable x has type A, for some arbitrary type A.
The notation \ x, H stands for hexists (fun x H). The generalized notation \ x1 ... xn, H is also available.
The definition of hexists is a bit technical. It is not essential to master it at this point. Additional explanations are provided near the end of this chapter.

Definition hexists (A:Type) (J:Ahprop) : hprop :=
  fun (h:heap) ⇒ x, J x h.

Notation "'\exists' x1 .. xn , H" :=
  (hexists (fun x1 ⇒ .. (hexists (fun xnH)) ..))
  (at level 39, x1 binder, H at level 50, right associativity,
   format "'[' '\exists' '/ ' x1 .. xn , '/ ' H ']'").

Extensionality for heap predicates

To work in Separation Logic, it is extremely convenient to be able to state equalities between heap predicates. For example, in the next chapter, we will establish the associativity property for the star operator, that is:

Parameter hstar_assoc : H1 H2 H3,
  (H1 \* H2) \* H3 = H1 \* (H2 \* H3).
How can we prove a goal of the form H1 = H2 when H1 and H2 have type hprop, that is, heapProp?
Intuitively, H and H' are equal if and only if they characterize exactly the same set of heaps, that is, if (h:heap), H1 h H2 h.
This reasoning principle, a specific form of extensionality property, is not available by default in Coq. Yet, we can safely assume it if we extend the logic of Coq with a standard axiom called "predicate extensionality".

Axiom predicate_extensionality : (A:Type) (P Q:AProp),
  ( x, P x Q x)
  P = Q.
By specializing P and Q above to the type hprop, we obtain exactly the desired extensionality principle.

Lemma hprop_eq : (H1 H2:hprop),
  ( (h:heap), H1 h H2 h)
  H1 = H2.
Proof using. applys predicate_extensionality. Qed.

Type and syntax for postconditions

A postcondition characterizes both an output value and an output state. In Separation Logic, a postcondition is thus a relation of type val state Prop, which is equivalent to val hprop.
Thereafter, we let Q range over postconditions.

Implicit Type Q : val hprop.
One common operation is to augment a postcondition with a piece of state. This operation is described by the operator Q \*+ H, which is just a convenient notation for fun x (Q x \* H).

Notation "Q \*+ H" := (fun xhstar (Q x) H) (at level 40).
Intuitively, in order to prove that two postconditions Q1 and Q2 are equal, it suffices to show that the heap predicates Q1 v and Q2 v (both of type hprop) are equal for any value v.
Again, the extensionality property that we need is not built-in to Coq. We need the axiom called "functional extensionality", stated next.

Axiom functional_extensionality : A B (f g:AB),
  ( x, f x = g x)
  f = g.
The desired equality property for postconditions follows directly from that axiom.

Lemma qprop_eq : (Q1 Q2:valhprop),
  ( (v:val), Q1 v = Q2 v)
  Q1 = Q2.
Proof using. applys functional_extensionality. Qed.

Separation Logic triples and the frame rule

A Separation Logic triple is a generalization of a Hoare triple that integrate built-in support for an essential rule called "the frame rule". Before we give the definition of a Separation Logic triple, let us first give the definition of a Hoare triple and state the much-desired frame rule.
A (total correctness) Hoare triple, written {H} t {Q} on paper, and here written hoare t H Q, asserts that starting from a state s satisfying the precondition H, the term t evaluates to a value v and to a state s' that, together, satisfy the postcondition Q. It is formalized in Coq as shown below.

Definition hoare (t:trm) (H:hprop) (Q:valhprop) : Prop :=
   (s:state), H s
   (s':state) (v:val), eval s t s' v Q v s'.
Remark: Q has type valhprop, thus Q v has type hprop. Recall that hprop = heapProp. Thus Q v s' has type Prop.
The frame rule asserts that if one can derive a specification of the form triple H t Q for a term t, then one should be able to automatically derive triple (H \* H') t (Q \*+ H') for any H'.
Intuitively, if t executes safely in a heap H, it should behave similarly in any extension of H with a disjoint part H'. Moreover, its evaluation should leave this piece of state H' unmodified throughout the execution of t.
The following definition of a Separation Logic triple builds upon that of a Hoare triple by "baking in" the frame rule.

Definition triple (t:trm) (H:hprop) (Q:valhprop) : Prop :=
   (H':hprop), hoare t (H \* H') (Q \*+ H').
This definition inherently satisfies the frame rule, as we show below. The proof only exploits the associativity of the star operator.

Lemma triple_frame : t H Q H',
  triple t H Q
  triple t (H \* H') (Q \*+ H').
Proof using.
  introv M. unfold triple in ×. rename H' into H1. intros H2.
  specializes M (H1 \* H2).
  (* M matches the goal up to rewriting for associativity. *)
  applys_eq M.
  { rewrite hstar_assoc. auto. }
  { applys functional_extensionality. intros v. rewrite hstar_assoc. auto. }
Qed.

Example of a triple: the increment function

Recall the function incr introduced in the chapter SLFBasic.

Parameter incr : val.
An application of this function, written incr p, is technically a term of the form trm_app (trm_val incr) (trm_val (val_loc p)), where trm_val injects values in the grammar of terms, and val_loc injects locations in the grammar of locations.
The abbreviation incr p parses correctly because trm_app, trm_val, and val_loc are registered as coercions. Let us check this claim with Coq.

Lemma incr_applied : (p:loc) (n:int),
    trm_app (trm_val incr) (trm_val (val_loc p))
  = incr p.
Proof using. reflexivity. Qed.
The operation incr p is specified using a triple as shown below.

Parameter triple_incr : (p:loc) (n:int),
  triple (trm_app incr p)
    (p ~~> n)
    (fun rp ~~> (n+1)).

Additional contents

Example applications of the frame rule

The frame rule asserts that a triple remains true in any extended heap.
Calling incr p in a state where the memory consists of two memory cells, one at location p storing an integer n and one at location q storing an integer m has the effect of updating the contents of the cell p to n+1, while leaving the contents of q unmodified.

Lemma triple_incr_2 : (p q:loc) (n m:int),
  triple (incr p)
    ((p ~~> n) \* (q ~~> m))
    (fun _(p ~~> (n+1)) \* (q ~~> m)).
The above specification lemma is derivable from the specification lemma triple_incr by applying the frame rule to augment both the precondition and the postcondition with q ~~> m.

Proof using.
  intros. lets M: triple_incr p n.
  lets N: triple_frame (q ~~> m) M. apply N.
Qed.
Here, we have framed on q ~~> m, but we could similarly frame on any heap predicate H, as captured by the following specification lemma.

Parameter triple_incr_3 : (p:loc) (n:int) (H:hprop),
  triple (incr p)
    ((p ~~> n) \* H)
    (fun _(p ~~> (n+1)) \* H).
Remark: in practice, we always prefer writing "small-footprint specifications", such as triple_incr, that describe the minimal piece of state necessary for the function to execute. Indeed, other specifications that describe a larger piece of state can be derived by application of the frame rule.

Power of the frame rule with respect to allocation

Consider the specification lemma for an allocation operation. This rule states that, starting from the empty heap, one obtains a single memory cell at some location p with contents v.

Parameter triple_ref : (v:val),
  triple (val_ref v)
    \[]
    (funloc p p ~~> v).
Applying the frame rule to the above specification, and to another memory cell, say l' ~~> v', we obtain:

Parameter triple_ref_with_frame : (l':loc) (v':val) (v:val),
  triple (val_ref v)
    (l' ~~> v')
    (funloc p p ~~> v \* l' ~~> v').
This derived specification captures the fact that the newly allocated cell at address p is distinct from the previously allocated cell at address l'.
More generally, through the frame rule, we can derive that any piece of freshly allocated data is distinct from any piece of previously existing data.
This independence principle is extremely powerful. It is an inherent strength of Separation Logic.

Notation for heap union

Thereafter, to improve readability of statements in proofs, we introduce the following notation for heap union.

Notation "h1 \u h2" := (Fmap.union h1 h2) (at level 37, right associativity).

Introduction and inversion lemmas for basic operators

The following lemmas help getting a better understanding of the meaning of the Separation Logic combinators. For each operator, we present one introduction lemma and one inversion lemma.

Implicit Types P : Prop.
Implicit Types v : val.
The introduction lemmas show how to prove goals of the form H h, for various forms of the heap predicate H.

Lemma hempty_intro :
  \[] Fmap.empty.
Proof using. hnf. auto. Qed.

Lemma hpure_intro : P,
  P
  \[P] Fmap.empty.
Proof using. introv M. hnf. auto. Qed.

Lemma hsingle_intro : p v,
  (p ~~> v) (Fmap.single p v).
Proof using. intros. hnf. auto. Qed.

Lemma hstar_intro : H1 H2 h1 h2,
  H1 h1
  H2 h2
  Fmap.disjoint h1 h2
  (H1 \* H2) (h1 \u h2).
Proof using. intros. × h1 h2. Qed.

Lemma hexists_intro : A (x:A) (J:Ahprop) h,
  J x h
  (\ x, J x) h.
Proof using. introv M. hnf. eauto. Qed.
The inversion lemmas show how to extract information from hypotheses of the form H h, for various forms of the heap predicate H.

Lemma hempty_inv : h,
  \[] h
  h = Fmap.empty.
Proof using. introv M. hnf in M. auto. Qed.

Lemma hpure_inv : P h,
  \[P] h
  P h = Fmap.empty.
Proof using. introv M. hnf in M. autos×. Qed.

Lemma hsingle_inv: p v h,
  (p ~~> v) h
  h = Fmap.single p v.
Proof using. introv M. hnf in M. auto. Qed.

Lemma hstar_inv : H1 H2 h,
  (H1 \* H2) h
   h1 h2, H1 h1 H2 h2 Fmap.disjoint h1 h2 h = h1 \u h2.
Proof using. introv M. hnf in M. eauto. Qed.

Lemma hexists_inv : A (J:Ahprop) h,
  (\ x, J x) h
   x, J x h.
Proof using. introv M. hnf in M. eauto. Qed.

Exercise: 3 stars, standard, recommended (hstar_hpure_l)

Prove that a heap h satisfies \[P] \* H if and only if P is true and h it satisfies H. The proof requires two lemmas on finite maps from Fmap.v:

    Lemma Fmap.union_empty_l : h,
      Fmap.empty \u h = h.

    Lemma Fmap.disjoint_empty_l : h,
      Fmap.disjoint Fmap.empty h.
Hint: begin the proof by appyling propositional_extensionality.

Lemma hstar_hpure_l : P H h,
  (\[P] \* H) h = (P H h).
Proof using. (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

Bonus contents (optional reading)

Alternative, equivalent definitions for Separation Logic triples

We have previously defined triple on top of hoare, with the help of the separating conjunction operator, as: (H':hprop), hoare (H \* H') t (Q \*+ H'). In what follows, we give an equivalent characterization, expressed directly in terms of heaps and heap unions.
The alternative definition of triple t H Q asserts that if h1 satisfies the precondition H and h2 describes the rest of the state, then the evaluation of t produces a value v in a final state made that can be decomposed between a part h1' and h2 unchanged, in such a way that v and h1' together satisfy the postcondition Q. Formally:

Definition triple_lowlevel (t:trm) (H:hprop) (Q:valhprop) : Prop :=
   h1 h2,
  Fmap.disjoint h1 h2
  H h1
   h1' v,
       Fmap.disjoint h1' h2
     eval (h1 \u h2) t (h1' \u h2) v
     Q v h1'.
Let us establish the equivalence between this alternative definition of triple and the original one.

Exercise: 3 stars, standard, recommended (triple_iff_triple_lowlevel)

Prove the equivalence between triple and triple_low_level. Warning: this is probably a very challenging exercise.

Lemma triple_iff_triple_lowlevel : t H Q,
  triple t H Q triple_lowlevel t H Q.
Proof using. (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

Alternative definitions for heap predicates

In what follows, we discuss alternative, equivalent definitions for the fundamental heap predicates. We write these equivalence using equalities of the form H1 = H2. Recall that lemma hprop_eq enables deriving such equalities by invoking predicate extensionality.
The empty heap predicate \[] is equivalent to the pure fact predicate \[True].

Lemma hempty_eq_hpure_true :
  \[] = \[True].
Proof using.
  unfold hempty, hpure. apply hprop_eq. intros h. iff Hh.
  { auto. }
  { jauto. }
Qed.
Thus, hempty could be defined in terms of hpure, as hpure True, written \[True].

Definition hempty' : hprop :=
  \[True].
The pure fact predicate [\P] is equivalent to the existential quantification over a proof of P in the empty heap, that is, to the heap predicate \ (p:P), \[].

Lemma hpure_eq_hexists_proof : P,
  \[P] = (\ (p:P), \[]).
Proof using.
  unfold hempty, hpure, hexists. intros P.
  apply hprop_eq. intros h. iff Hh.
  { destruct Hh as (E&p). p. auto. }
  { destruct Hh as (p&E). auto. }
Qed.
Thus, hpure could be defined in terms of hexists and hempty, as hexists (fun (p:P) hempty), also written \ (p:P), \[].

Definition hpure' (P:Prop) : hprop :=
  \ (p:P), \[].
It is useful to minimize the number of combinators, both for elegance and to reduce the proof effort.
Since we cannot do without hexists, we have a choice between considering either hpure or hempty as primitive, and the other one as derived. The predicate hempty is simpler and appears as more fundamental.
Hence, in the subsequent chapters (and in the CFML tool), we define hpure in terms of hexists and hempty, like in the definition of hpure' shown above. In other words, we assume the definition:

  Definition hpure (P:Prop) : hprop :=
    \ (p:P), \[].

Additional explanations for the definition of \

The heap predicate \ (n:int), p ~~> (val_int n) characterizes a state that contains a single memory cell, at address p, storing the integer value n, for "some" (unspecified) integer n.

  Parameter (p:loc).
  Check (\ (n:int), p ~~> (val_int n)) : hprop.
The type of \, which operates on hprop, is very similar to that of , which operates on Prop.
The notation x, P stands for ex (fun x P), where ex has the following type:

    Check ex : A : Type, (AProp) → Prop.
Likewise, \ x, H stands for hexists (fun x H), where hexists has the following type:

    Check hexists : A : Type, (Ahprop) → hprop.
Remark: the notation for \ is directly adapted from that of , which supports the quantification an arbitrary number of variables, and is defined in Coq.Init.Logic as follows.

    Notation "'exists' x .. y , p" := (ex (fun x ⇒ .. (ex (fun yp)) ..))
      (at level 200, x binder, right associativity,
       format "'[' 'exists' '/ ' x .. y , '/ ' p ']'").

Formulation of the extensionality axioms


Module Extensionality.
To establish extensionality of entailment, we have used the predicate extensionality axiom. In fact, this axiom can be derived by combining the axiom of "functional extensionality" with another one called "propositional extensionality".
The axiom of "propositional extensionality" asserts that two propositions that are logically equivalent (in the sense that they imply each other) can be considered equal.

Axiom propositional_extensionality : (P Q:Prop),
  (P Q)
  P = Q.
The axiom of "functional extensionality" asserts that two functions are equal if they provide equal result for every argument.

Axiom functional_extensionality : A B (f g:AB),
  ( x, f x = g x)
  f = g.

Exercise: 1 star, standard, recommended (predicate_extensionality_derived)

Using the two axioms propositional_extensionality and functional_extensionality, show how to derive predicate_extensionality.

Lemma predicate_extensionality_derived : A (P Q:AProp),
  ( x, P x Q x)
  P = Q.
Proof using. (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

End Extensionality.

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