5th Intl. Competition on Software Verification held at TACAS 2016 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
The results of the competition and a lot of detailed information on SV-COMP 2016 are available in the competition report.
Competition is a driving force for the invention of new methods, technologies, and tools. This web page describes the competition of software-verification tools, which will take place at TACAS.
There are several new and powerful software-verification tools around, but they are very difficult to compare. The reason is that so far no widely distributed benchmark suite of verification tasks was available and most concepts are only validated in research prototypes. This competition has changed this: Now there is an established set of verification tasks for comparing software verifiers, and the tools are publicized on the SV-COMP web site.
Only few projects aim at producing stable tools that can be used by people outside the respective development groups, and the development of such tools is not continuous. Also, PhD students and PostDocs do not adequately benefit from tool development because theoretical papers count more than papers that present technical contributions, like tool papers. Through its visibility, this competition wants to change this, showing off the latest implementation of the research results in our community, and give credits and benefits to researchers and students who spend considerable amounts of time developing verification algorithms and software packages.
Goals of the Competition
- Provide a snapshot of the state-of-the-art in software verification to the community. That means to compare, independently from particular paper projects and specific techniques, different verification tools in terms of precision and performance.
- Increase the visibility and credits that tool developers receive. That means to provide a forum for presentation of tools and discussion of the latest technologies, and to give the students the opportunity to publish about the development work that they have done.
- Establish a set of benchmarks for software verification in the community. This means to create and maintain a set of programs together with explicit properties to check, and to make those publicly available for researchers to be used in performance comparisons when evaluating a new technique.
For questions about the competition, this web page, the benchmarks, or the organization of the competition, please contact the competition chair: Dirk Beyer, University of Passau.
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SV-COMP 2016 is executed on computing servers at the University of Passau (Software Systems Lab), Germany.