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Lock Inference for Java

By Khilan Gudka

Abstract

Atomicity is an important property for concurrent software, as it provides a stronger guarantee against errors caused by unanticipated thread interactions than race-freedom does. However, concurrency control in general is tricky to get right because current techniques are too low-level and error-prone. With the introduction of multicore processors, the problems are compounded. Consequently, a new software abstraction is gaining popularity to take care of concurrency control and the enforcing of atomicity properties, called atomic sections. One possible implementation of their semantics is to acquire a global lock upon entry to each atomic section, ensuring that they execute in mutual exclusion. However, this cripples concurrency, as non-interfering atomic sections cannot run in parallel. Transactional memory is another automated technique for providing atomicity, but relies on the ability to rollback conflicting atomic sections and thus places restrictions on the use of irreversible operations, such as I/O and system calls, or serialises all sections that use such features. Therefore, from a language designer’s point of view, the challenge is to implement atomic sections without compromising performance or expressivity. This thesis explores the technique of lock inference, which infers a set of locks for each atomi

Year: 2012
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