22 Feb 2022
Dear SMT-COMP participants, dear SMT-LIB community,
We are happy to announce the plans for the upcoming SMT competition
The main intended changes are listed below. We would be delighted to receive community’s feedback on the suggestions.
We plan a proof exhibition track. Teams would submit proof-producing solvers together with proof checkers for their proof formats. We would compile and present the results, as well as assemble a panel of non-organizer experts to do a qualitative assessment for the proof-producing solver, proof format, and proof checker.
We intend to change the rules for the benchmarks to be used in the model validation, unsat core and proof exhibition tracks. Rather than just considering the annotated status, we would also consider unknown benchmarks whose status was determined with confidence in the single query track of the current year.
We will split the quantifier free logics with datatypes (QF_UFDT and QF_DT) into their own division.
We want to change the rules so that (as before) we will not run non-competitive logics, even if they are in competitive divisions.
We plan to add new divisions to the model validation track. We will aim for QF_FP and the combination with other supported theories (QF_UFFP, QF_BVFP, etc.).
We intend to change the model validator from pysmt to Dolmen.
The motivation for a proof exhibition track, rather than a proof validation track, is to be less prescriptive and more descriptive for how SMT-COMP will approach proofs. Proper comparison for competition would require a standard, or at least a common solution, that the community does not have yet. However by incentivizing to showcase their solutions we hope to move towards that.
The motivation for including unknown benchmarks into the tracks that require statuses is to be able to select new or old benchmarks without an official status but that nevertheless can have their status determined with confidence.
We want to separate datatypes from arrays and uninterpreted functions because few solvers have support for the former. Similarly, considering logics to be non-competitive even in a competitive division is intended to favor less the solvers that support more logics.
For the model validation track, we continue in the tradition of successively increasing the supported logics. Floating points should be relatively simple to produce models to. What may be more challenging is validating them, which is the motivation for changing pysmt by Dolmen. We expect Dolmen to be easier to extend and more performant. Guillaume Bury has been kind enough to help us in this transition.
The organizing team