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Using shared memory abstractions to design eager sequentializations for weak memory models

Tomasco, Ermenegildo, Nguyen, Truc, Fischer, Bernd, La Torre, Salvatore and Parlato, Gennaro (2017) Using shared memory abstractions to design eager sequentializations for weak memory models In SEFM 2017: Software Engineering and Formal Methods. vol. 10469, Springer., pp. 185-202. (Submitted). (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-66197-1_12).

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Sequentialization is one of the most promising approaches for the symbolic analysis of concurrent programs. However, existing sequentializations assume sequential consistency, which modern hardware architectures no longer guarantee. In this paper, we describe an approach to embed weak memory models within eager sequentializations. Our approach is based on the separation of intra-thread computations from inter-thread communications by means of a shared memory abstraction (SMA). We give details of SMA implementations for the SC, TSO, and PSO memory models that are based on the idea of individual memory unwindings. We use our approach to implement a new, efficient BMC-based bug finding tool for multi-threaded C programs under SC, TSO, or PSO based on these SMAs, and show experimentally that it is competitive to existing tools.

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Submitted date: 1 March 2017
Accepted/In Press date: 29 May 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 13 August 2017
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science, Electronic & Software Systems


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Date deposited: 09 Jun 2017 09:15
Last modified: 11 Oct 2017 16:31

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Author: Ermenegildo Tomasco
Author: Truc Nguyen
Author: Bernd Fischer
Author: Salvatore La Torre
Author: Gennaro Parlato

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