Yet Another Pointer Analysis for LLVM

Yapall is a precise and scalable pointer analysis for LLVM. The output of Yapall can be used for a variety of program analysis tasks, including:

  • Creation of callgraphs with precise handling of indirect function calls and virtual method calls
  • Precise inter-procedural control- and data-flow analysis
  • Answering may-alias queries

Yapall is k-callsite sensitive for configurable k, field-, array-, and flow-insensitive, and performs on-the-fly callgraph construction. Yapall is written using Ascent and so is highly parallel.


To understand Yapall and how it works, you may want to review:

  • The pointer analysis tutorial of Smaragdakis and Balatsouras

  • Bravenboer, M. and Smaragdakis, Y., 2009, October. Strictly declarative specification of sophisticated points-to analyses. In Proceedings of the 24th ACM SIGPLAN conference on Object oriented programming systems languages and applications (pp. 243-262).

  • Balatsouras, G. and Smaragdakis, Y., 2016, September. Structure-sensitive points-to analysis for C and C++. In International Static Analysis Symposium (pp. 84-104). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.