The img package

Methods for performing image computations.

By Rajeev Ranjan, Tom Shiple, Abelardo Pardo


The image package is used to compute the image (forward or backward) of a set under a vector of functions. The functions are given by a graph of multi-valued functions (MVFs). This graph is built using the partition package. Each vertex in this graph has an MVF and an MDD id. The fanins of a vertex v give those vertices upon which the MVF at v depends. The vector of functions to use for an image computation, the "roots", is specified by an array of (names of) vertices of the graph. The domain variables are the variables over which "from" sets are defined for forward images, and "to" sets are defined for backward images. The range variables are the variables over which "to" sets are defined for forward images, and "from" sets are defined for backward images. The quantify variables are additional variables over which the functions are defined; this set is disjoint from domain variables. These variables are existentially quantified from the results of backward image computation.

Computing images is fundamental to many symbolic analysis techniques, and methods for computing images efficiently is an area of ongoing research. For this reason, the image package has been designed with lots of flexibility to easily allow new methods to be integrated (to add a new method, see the instructions in imgInt.h). Applications that use the image package can switch among different image methods simply by specifying the method type in the image initialization routine. By using the returned structure (Img_ImageInfo_t) from the initialization routine, all subsequent (forward or backward) image computations will be done using the specified method.

VIS users can control which image method is used by appropriately setting the "image_method" flag. Also, VIS users can set flags to control parameters for different image computation methods. Because the user has the ability to change the values of these flags, Img_ImageInfo_t structs should be freed and re-initialized whenever the VIS user changes the value of these flags.

Following are descriptions of the methods implemented. In the descriptions, x=x_1,...x_n is the set of domain variables, u=u_1,...,u_k is the set of quantify variables, y=y_1,...,y_m is the set of range variables, and f=f_1(x,u),...,f_m(x,u) is the set of functions under which we wish to compute images.

Monolithic: This is the most naive approach possible. A single relation T(x,y) is constructed during the initialization phase, using the computation (exists u (prod_i(y_i = f_i(x,u)))). To compute the forward image, where fromUpperBound=U(x), fromLowerBound=L(x), and toCareSet=C(y), we first compute a set A(x) between U(x) and L(x). Then, T(x,y) is simplified with respect to A(x) and C(y) to get T*. Finally, x is quantified from T* to produce the final answer. Backward images are computed analogously. The monolithic method does not recognize any user-settable flags for image computation.

IWLS95: This technique is based on the early quantification heuristic. The initialization process consists of following steps:

For forward and backward image computation the corresponding routines are called with appropriate ordering of clusters and early quantification schedule.


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