# Primitive objects¶

## Primitive Integers¶

The language of terms features 63-bit machine integers as values. The type of
such a value is *axiomatized*; it is declared through the following sentence
(excerpt from the `PrimInt63`

module):

This type can be understood as representing either unsigned or signed integers,
depending on which module is imported or, more generally, which scope is open.
`Uint63`

and `uint63_scope`

refer to the unsigned version, while `Sint63`

and `sint63_scope`

refer to the signed one.

The `PrimInt63`

module declares the available operators for this type.
For instance, equality of two unsigned primitive integers can be determined using
the `Uint63.eqb`

function, declared and specified as follows:

The complete set of such operators can be found in the `PrimInt63`

module.
The specifications and notations are in the `Uint63`

and `Sint63`

modules.

These primitive declarations are regular axioms. As such, they must be trusted and are listed by the
`Print Assumptions`

command, as in the following example.

- From Coq Require Import Uint63.
- [Loading ML file coq-core.plugins.ring ... done] [Loading ML file coq-core.plugins.zify ... done] [Loading ML file coq-core.plugins.micromega ... done]
- Lemma one_minus_one_is_zero : (1 - 1 = 0)%uint63.
- 1 goal ============================ (1 - 1)%uint63 = 0%uint63
- Proof. apply eqb_correct; vm_compute; reflexivity. Qed.
- No more goals.

- Print Assumptions one_minus_one_is_zero.
- Axioms: sub : int -> int -> int eqb_correct : forall i j : int, (i =? j)%uint63 = true -> i = j eqb : int -> int -> bool

The reduction machines implement dedicated, efficient rules to reduce the applications of these primitive operations.

The extraction of these primitives can be customized similarly to the extraction
of regular axioms (see Program extraction). Nonetheless, the `ExtrOCamlInt63`

module can be used when extracting to OCaml: it maps the Coq primitives to types
and functions of a `Uint63`

module (including signed functions for
`Sint63`

despite the name). That OCaml module is not produced by extraction.
Instead, it has to be provided by the user (if they want to compile or execute
the extracted code). For instance, an implementation of this module can be taken
from the kernel of Coq.

Literal values (at type `Uint63.int`

) are extracted to literal OCaml values
wrapped into the `Uint63.of_int`

(resp. `Uint63.of_int64`

) constructor on
64-bit (resp. 32-bit) platforms. Currently, this cannot be customized (see the
function `Uint63.compile`

from the kernel).

## Primitive Floats¶

The language of terms features Binary64 floating-point numbers as values.
The type of such a value is *axiomatized*; it is declared through the
following sentence (excerpt from the `PrimFloat`

module):

This type is equipped with a few operators, that must be similarly declared.
For instance, the product of two primitive floats can be computed using the
`PrimFloat.mul`

function, declared and specified as follows:

where `Prim2SF`

is defined in the `FloatOps`

module.

The set of such operators is described in section Floats library.

These primitive declarations are regular axioms. As such, they must be trusted, and are listed by the
`Print Assumptions`

command.

The reduction machines (`vm_compute`

, `native_compute`

) implement
dedicated, efficient rules to reduce the applications of these primitive
operations, using the floating-point processor operators that are assumed
to comply with the IEEE 754 standard for floating-point arithmetic.

The extraction of these primitives can be customized similarly to the extraction
of regular axioms (see Program extraction). Nonetheless, the `ExtrOCamlFloats`

module can be used when extracting to OCaml: it maps the Coq primitives to types
and functions of a `Float64`

module. Said OCaml module is not produced by
extraction. Instead, it has to be provided by the user (if they want to compile
or execute the extracted code). For instance, an implementation of this module
can be taken from the kernel of Coq.

Literal values (of type `Float64.t`

) are extracted to literal OCaml
values (of type `float`

) written in hexadecimal notation and
wrapped into the `Float64.of_float`

constructor, e.g.:
`Float64.of_float (0x1p+0)`

.

## Primitive Arrays¶

The language of terms features persistent arrays as values. The type of
such a value is *axiomatized*; it is declared through the following sentence
(excerpt from the `PArray`

module):

This type is equipped with a few operators, that must be similarly declared.
For instance, elements in an array can be accessed and updated using the
`PArray.get`

and `PArray.set`

functions, declared and specified as
follows:

The rest of these operators can be found in the `PArray`

module.

These primitive declarations are regular axioms. As such, they must be trusted and are listed by the
`Print Assumptions`

command.

The reduction machines (`vm_compute`

, `native_compute`

) implement
dedicated, efficient rules to reduce the applications of these primitive
operations.

The extraction of these primitives can be customized similarly to the extraction
of regular axioms (see Program extraction). Nonetheless, the `ExtrOCamlPArray`

module can be used when extracting to OCaml: it maps the Coq primitives to types
and functions of a `Parray`

module. Said OCaml module is not produced by
extraction. Instead, it has to be provided by the user (if they want to compile
or execute the extracted code). For instance, an implementation of this module
can be taken from the kernel of Coq (see `kernel/parray.ml`

).

Coq's primitive arrays are persistent data structures. Semantically, a set operation
`t.[i <- a]`

represents a new array that has the same values as `t`

, except
at position `i`

where its value is `a`

. The array `t`

still exists, can
still be used and its values were not modified. Operationally, the implementation
of Coq's primitive arrays is optimized so that the new array `t.[i <- a]`

does not
copy all of `t`

. The details are in section 2.3 of [CF07].
In short, the implementation keeps one version of `t`

as an OCaml native array and
other versions as lists of modifications to `t`

. Accesses to the native array
version are constant time operations. However, accesses to versions where all the cells of
the array are modified have O(n) access time, the same as a list. The version that is kept as the native array
changes dynamically upon each get and set call: the current list of modifications
is applied to the native array and the lists of modifications of the other versions
are updated so that they still represent the same values.