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new in 4.8.1

  • New requirements:

    • A breaking change to the API is that parsers for SMT-LIB2 formulas return a vector of
      formulas as opposed to a conjunction of formulas. The vector of formulas correspond to
      the set of "assert" instructions in the SMT-LIB input.
  • New features

    • A parallel mode is available for select theories, including QF_BV.
      By setting parallel.enable=true Z3 will spawn a number of worker threads proportional to the
      number of available CPU cores to apply cube and conquer solving on the goal.
    • The SAT solver by default handle cardinality and PB constraints using a custom plugin
      that operates directly on cardinality and PB constraints.
    • A "cube" interface is exposed over the solver API.
    • Model conversion is first class over the textual API, such that subgoals created from running a
      solver can be passed in text files and a model for the original formula can be recreated from the result.
    • This has also led to changes in how models are tracked over tactic subgoals. The API for
      extracting models from apply_result have been replaced.
    • An optional mode handles xor constraints using a custom xor propagator.
      It is off by default and its value not demonstrated.
    • The SAT solver includes new inprocessing techniques that are available during simplification.
      It performs asymmetric tautology elimination by default, and one can turn on more powerful inprocessing techniques
      (known as ACCE, ABCE, CCE). Asymmetric branching also uses features introduced in Lingeling by exploiting binary implication graphs.
      Use sat.acce=true to enable the full repertoire of inprocessing methods. By default, clauses that are "eliminated" by acce are tagged
      as lemmas (redundant) and are garbage collected if their glue level is high.
    • Substantial overhaul of the spacer horn clause engine.
    • Added basic features to support Lambda bindings.
    • Added model compression to eliminate local function definitions in models when
      inlining them does not incur substantial overhead. The old behavior, where models are left
      uncompressed can be replayed by setting the top-level parameter model_compress=false.
    • Integration of a new solver for linear integer arithmetic and mixed linear integer arithmetic by Lev Nachmanson.
      It incorporates several improvements to QF_LIA solving based on
      . using a better LP engine, which is already the foundation for QF_LRA
      . including cuts based on Hermite Normal Form (thanks to approaches described
      in "cuts from proofs" and "cutting the mix").
      . extracting integer solutions from LP solutions by tightening bounds selectively.
      We use a generalization of Bromberger and Weidenbach that allows avoiding selected
      bounds tighthenings (
      It solves significantly more problems in the QF_LIA category and may at this point also
      be the best solver for your problem as well.
      The new solver is enabled only for select SMT-LIB logics. These include QF_LIA, QF_IDL, and QF_UFLIA.
      Other theories (still) use the legacy solver for arithmetic. You can enable the new solver by setting
      the parameter smt.arith.solver=6 to give it a spin.
  • Removed features:

    • interpolation API
    • duality engine for constrained Horn clauses.
    • pdr engine for constrained Horn clauses. The engine's functionality has been
      folded into spacer as one of optional strategies.
    • long deprecated API functions have been removed from z3_api.h