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Reasoning beyond data-race freedom

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If I read a variable twice, and there are no concurrent writes to that variable, must both reads return the same value? Perhaps surprisingly, the memory models for C++ and Java do not ensure this, due to their weak guarantees in the presence of data races. These models give strong guarantees only for globally data race free programs: a data race on any variable can affect accesses to any other (C++), or to the same variable at other times (C++, Java).

In this talk, I’ll describe our work-in-progress to specify and implement a memory model for OCaml which gives useful guarantees about program behaviour even in the presence of data races, culminating in the “local DRF ” property: the data-race free parts of a program have sequential semantics, even if the rest of the program has races.

This talk is part of the Logic and Semantics Seminar (Computer Laboratory) series.

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