10. – 13. Dezember 2017, Dagstuhl-Seminar 17502

Testing and Verification of Compilers


Junjie Chen (Peking University, CN)
Alastair F. Donaldson (Imperial College London, GB)
Andreas Zeller (Universität des Saarlandes, DE)
Hongyu Zhang (University of Newcastle, AU)

Auskunft zu diesem Dagstuhl-Seminar erteilt

Dagstuhl Service Team


Dagstuhl Report, Volume 7, Issue 12 Dagstuhl Report
Programm des Dagstuhl-Seminars [pdf]


This report documents the Dagstuhl Seminar 17502 "Testing and Verification of Compilers".

Compilers underpin all software development, but bugs in them can be particularly hard to notice if they result in "silent failure", where a program appears to work but is subtly miscompiled. Thus a compiled program may behave erroneously even when the source form of it appears entirely correct.

Despite the common wisdom that "it is never the compiler's fault", bugs in compilers are in fact relatively common, and finding them is a challenging and active area of research.

This seminar brought together researchers in that area with a broader group of researchers and practitioners in software testing and verification, and in compiler development itself, to share their experiences and discuss the open questions and challenges that the field presents. The goal was to brainstorm new ideas for how to approach these challenges, and to help foster longer-term collaborations between the participants.

The seminar involved a number of talks from participants about their particular areas of work and research, followed by working groups where various specific challenges were discussed. It then concluded with an open panel session on the challenges and concepts of compiler testing and verification.

This report presents the collection of abstracts associated with the participant presentations, followed by notes summarising each discussion session and the concluding panel, which we provide as a resource for researchers who are interested in understanding the state of the art and open problems in this field.

Summary text license
  Creative Commons BY 3.0 Unported license
  David R. MacIver


  • Programming Languages / Compiler
  • Software Engineering
  • Verification / Logic


  • Compiler Testing
  • Compiler Verification
  • Program Analysis
  • Program Optimization
  • Code Generation


In der Reihe Dagstuhl Reports werden alle Dagstuhl-Seminare und Dagstuhl-Perspektiven-Workshops dokumentiert. Die Organisatoren stellen zusammen mit dem Collector des Seminars einen Bericht zusammen, der die Beiträge der Autoren zusammenfasst und um eine Zusammenfassung ergänzt.


Download Übersichtsflyer (PDF).


Es besteht weiterhin die Möglichkeit, eine umfassende Kollektion begutachteter Arbeiten in der Reihe Dagstuhl Follow-Ups zu publizieren.

Dagstuhl's Impact

Bitte informieren Sie uns, wenn eine Veröffentlichung ausgehend von
Ihrem Seminar entsteht. Derartige Veröffentlichungen werden von uns in der Rubrik Dagstuhl's Impact separat aufgelistet  und im Erdgeschoss der Bibliothek präsentiert.