From Operational Semantics to Denotational Semantics for Verilog

  • Zhu Huibiao
  • Jonathan P. Bowen
  • He Jifeng
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2144)


This paper presents the derivation of a denotational semantics from an operational semantics for a subset of the widely used hardware description language Verilog. Our aim is to build an equivalence between the operational and denotational semantics. We propose a discrete time semantic model for Verilog. Algebraic laws are also investigated in this paper, with the ultimate aim of providing a unified set of semantic views for Verilog.


Operational Semantic Sequential Composition Transitional Condition Atomic Action Denotational Semantic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhu Huibiao
    • 1
  • Jonathan P. Bowen
    • 1
  • He Jifeng
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Applied Formal MethodsSouth Bank UniversityLondonUK
  2. 2.United Nations University, UNU/IISTMacauChina

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