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Atomizer: a dynamic atomicity checker for multithreaded programs
 In POPL
, 2004
"... Ensuring the correctness of multithreaded programs is difficult, due to the potential for unexpected interactions between concurrent threads. We focus on the fundamental noninterference property of atomicity and present a dynamic analysis for detecting atomicity violations. This analysis combines i ..."
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Ensuring the correctness of multithreaded programs is difficult, due to the potential for unexpected interactions between concurrent threads. We focus on the fundamental noninterference property of atomicity and present a dynamic analysis for detecting atomicity violations. This analysis combines ideas from both Lipton’s theory of reduction and earlier dynamic race detectors such as Eraser. Experimental results demonstrate that this dynamic atomicity analysis is effective for detecting errors due to unintended interactions between threads. In addition, the majority of methods in our benchmarks are atomic, supporting our hypothesis that atomicity is a standard methodology in multithreaded programming. 1 The Need for Atomicity Multiple threads of control are widely used in software development because they help reduce latency and provide better utilization of multiprocessor machines. However, reasoning about the correctness of multithreaded code is complicated by the nondeterministic interleaving of threads and the potential for unexpected interference between concurrent threads. Since exploring all possible interleavings of the executions of the various threads is clearly impractical, methods for specifying and controlling the interference between concurrent threads are crucial for the development of reliable multithreaded software. Much previous work on controlling thread interference has focused on race conditions, which occur when two threads simultaneously access the same data variable, and at least one of the accesses is a write [1]. Unfortunately, the absence of race conditions is not sufficient to ensure the absence of errors due to unexpected interference between threads. As a concrete illustration of
Types for safe locking: Static race detection for Java
 ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems
, 2006
"... This article presents a static racedetection analysis for multithreaded sharedmemory programs, focusing on the Java programming language. The analysis is based on a type system that captures many common synchronization patterns. It supports classes with internal synchronization, classes that requi ..."
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This article presents a static racedetection analysis for multithreaded sharedmemory programs, focusing on the Java programming language. The analysis is based on a type system that captures many common synchronization patterns. It supports classes with internal synchronization, classes that require clientside synchronization, and threadlocal classes. In order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the type system, we have implemented it in a checker and applied it to over 40,000 lines of handannotated Java code. We found a number of race conditions in the standard Java libraries and other test programs. The checker required fewer than 20 additional type annotations per 1,000 lines of code. This article also describes two improvements that facilitate checking much larger programs: an algorithm for annotation inference and a user interface that clarifies warnings generated by the checker. These extensions have enabled us to use the checker for identifying race conditions in largescale software systems with up to 500,000 lines of code.
SOME GEOMETRIC PERSPECTIVES IN CONCURRENCY THEORY
 HOMOLOGY, HOMOTOPY AND APPLICATIONS, VOL.5(2), 2003, PP.95–136
, 2003
"... Concurrency, i.e., the domain in computer science which deals with parallel (asynchronous) computations, has very strong links with algebraic topology; this is what we are developing in this paper, giving a survey of “geometric” models for concurrency. We show that the properties we want to prove on ..."
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Concurrency, i.e., the domain in computer science which deals with parallel (asynchronous) computations, has very strong links with algebraic topology; this is what we are developing in this paper, giving a survey of “geometric” models for concurrency. We show that the properties we want to prove on concurrent systems are stable under some form of deformation, which is almost homotopy. In fact, as the “direction ” of time matters, we have to allow deformation only as long as we do not reverse the direction of time. This calls for a new homotopy theory: “directed ” or dihomotopy. We develop some of the geometric intuition behind this theory and give some hints about the algebraic objects one can associate with it (in particular homology groups). For some historic as well as for some deeper reasons, the theory is at a stage where there is a nice blend between cubical, ωcategorical and topological techniques.
A model category for the homotopy theory of concurrency
 Homology, Homotopy and Applications
"... Abstract. We construct a cofibrantly generated model structure on the category of flows such that any flow is fibrant and such that two cofibrant flows are homotopy equivalent for this model structure if and only if they are Shomotopy equivalent. This result provides an interpretation of the notion ..."
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Abstract. We construct a cofibrantly generated model structure on the category of flows such that any flow is fibrant and such that two cofibrant flows are homotopy equivalent for this model structure if and only if they are Shomotopy equivalent. This result provides an interpretation of the notion of Shomotopy equivalence in the framework of model
Homotopy Invariants of Higher Dimensional Categories and Concurrency in Computer Science
, 1999
"... The strict globular omegacategories formalize the execution paths of a parallel automaton and the homotopies between them. One associates to such (and any) omegacategory C three homology theories. The first one is called the globular homology. It contains the oriented loops of C. The two other one ..."
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The strict globular omegacategories formalize the execution paths of a parallel automaton and the homotopies between them. One associates to such (and any) omegacategory C three homology theories. The first one is called the globular homology. It contains the oriented loops of C. The two other ones are called the negative (resp. positive) corner homology. They contain in a certain manner the branching areas of execution paths or negative corners (resp. the merging areas of execution paths or positive corners) of C. Two natural linear maps called the negative (resp. the positive) Hurewicz morphism from the globular homology to the negative (resp. positive) corner homology are constructed. We explain the reason why these constructions allow the reinterpretation of some geometric problems coming from computer science.
TOPOLOGICAL DEFORMATION OF HIGHER DIMENSIONAL AUTOMATA
 HOMOLOGY, HOMOTOPY AND APPLICATIONS, VOL.5(2), 2003, PP.39–82
, 2003
"... A local pospace is a gluing of topological spaces which are equipped with a closed partial ordering representing the time flow. They are used as a formalization of higher dimensional automata (see for instance [6]) which model concurrent systems in computer science. It is known [11] that there are ..."
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A local pospace is a gluing of topological spaces which are equipped with a closed partial ordering representing the time flow. They are used as a formalization of higher dimensional automata (see for instance [6]) which model concurrent systems in computer science. It is known [11] that there are two distinct notions of deformation of higher dimensional automata, “spatial” and “temporal”, leaving invariant computer scientific properties like presence or absence of deadlocks. Unfortunately, the formalization of these notions is still unknown in the general case of local pospaces. We introduce here a particular kind of local pospace, the “globular CWcomplexes”, for which we formalize these notions of deformations and which are sufficient to formalize
Presheaf Models for Concurrency
, 1999
"... In this dissertation we investigate presheaf models for concurrent computation. Our aim is to provide a systematic treatment of bisimulation for a wide range of concurrent process calculi. Bisimilarity is defined abstractly in terms of open maps as in the work of Joyal, Nielsen and Winskel. Their wo ..."
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In this dissertation we investigate presheaf models for concurrent computation. Our aim is to provide a systematic treatment of bisimulation for a wide range of concurrent process calculi. Bisimilarity is defined abstractly in terms of open maps as in the work of Joyal, Nielsen and Winskel. Their work inspired this thesis by suggesting that presheaf categories could provide abstract models for concurrency with a builtin notion of bisimulation. We show how
Geometry and Concurrency: A User's Guide
, 2000
"... Introduction "Geometry and Concurrency" is not yet a wellestablished domain of research, but is rather made of a collection of seemingly related techniques, algorithms and formalizations, coming from different application areas, accumulated over a long period of time. There is currently ..."
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Introduction "Geometry and Concurrency" is not yet a wellestablished domain of research, but is rather made of a collection of seemingly related techniques, algorithms and formalizations, coming from different application areas, accumulated over a long period of time. There is currently a certain amount of effort made for unifying these (in particular see the article (Gunawardena, 1994)), following the workshop "New Connections between Computer Science and Mathematics" held at the Newton Institute in Cambridge, England in November 1995 (and sponsored by HP/BRIMS). More recently, the first workshop on the very same subject has been held in Aalborg, Denmark (see http://www.math.auc.dk/~raussen/admin/workshop/workshop.html where the articles of this issue, among others, have been first sketched. But what is "Geometry and Concurrency" composed of then? It is an area of research made of techniques which use geometrical reasoning for describing and solving problems
On the Expressiveness of higher dimensional automata
 EXPRESS 2004, ENTCS
, 2005
"... Abstract In this paper I compare the expressive power of several models of concurrency based on their ability to represent causal dependence. To this end, I translate these models, in behaviour preserving ways, into the model of higher dimensional automata, which is the most expressive model under i ..."
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Abstract In this paper I compare the expressive power of several models of concurrency based on their ability to represent causal dependence. To this end, I translate these models, in behaviour preserving ways, into the model of higher dimensional automata, which is the most expressive model under investigation. In particular, I propose four different translations of Petri nets, corresponding to the four different computational interpretations of nets found in the literature. I also extend various equivalence relations for concurrent systems to higher dimensional automata. These include the history preserving bisimulation, which is the coarsest equivalence that fully respects branching time, causality and their interplay, as well as the STbisimulation, a branching time respecting equivalence that takes causality into account to the extent that it is expressible by actions overlapping in time. Through their embeddings in higher dimensional automata, it is now welldefined whether members of different models of concurrency are equivalent.