2015 10th Joint Meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE 2015), August 30 – September 4, 2015, Bergamo, Italy

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Java and Object-Oriented Programming
Research Papers
Alabastro B, Chair: Andrea Arcuri
Efficient and Reasonable Object-Oriented Concurrency
Scott West, Sebastian Nanz, and Bertrand Meyer
(Google, Switzerland; ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
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Abstract: Making threaded programs safe and easy to reason about is one of the chief difficulties in modern programming. This work provides an efficient execution model for SCOOP, a concurrency approach that provides not only data-race freedom but also pre/postcondition reasoning guarantees between threads. The extensions we propose influence both the underlying semantics to increase the amount of concurrent execution that is possible, exclude certain classes of deadlocks, and enable greater performance. These extensions are used as the basis of an efficient runtime and optimization pass that improve performance 15x over a baseline implementation. This new implementation of SCOOP is, on average, also 2x faster than other well-known safe concurrent languages. The measurements are based on both coordination-intensive and data-manipulation-intensive benchmarks designed to offer a mixture of workloads.


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