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Shared-memory concurrency in programming languages: Problems, challenges, solutions
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Ori Lahav
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Sunday, 25.12.2016, 10:30
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Room 601 Taub Bld.
With the proliferation of multi-core processors, shared-memory concurrent programming has become increasingly important. Nevertheless, despite decades of research, there are still no adequate answers to the following fundamental questions: 1. What is the right semantics for concurrent programs in higher-level languages? 2. Which reasoning principles apply to realistic shared-memory concurrency? Concerning the first question, the challenge lies in simultaneously allowing efficient implementation on modern hardware with compiler optimizations, while exposing a well-behaved programming model. Both the Java and C/C++ standards tried to address this question, but their solutions were discovered to be flawed. They either allow spurious "out-of-thin-air" program behaviors or incur a prohibitive runtime cost. In the main part of the talk, I will present a solution to this problem based on a novel idea of promises, which supports efficient implementations and useful programming guarantees. As for the second question, I will outline my ongoing efforts to identify (i) logical laws for deductive reasoning about concurrent programs; and (ii) programming disciplines that enable the application of well-established verification techniques. Short Bio: ========== Ori Lahav is a postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS). His research interests include programming languages, formal methods and verification, semantics and logic. Previously, Ori was a postdoctoral researcher at the Programming Languages Group at Tel Aviv University. He obtained his Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University in 2014 under the supervision of Arnon Avron. Ori received a Dan David Prize scholarship for young researchers in 2014, the Kleene award for the best student paper at LICS 2013, and a Wolf Prize for excellent graduate students in 2012.