The use of shared mutable state, commonly seen in object-oriented systems and in imperative languages, is often problematic due to the potential conflicting interactions between aliases to the same state. This thesis proposes a substructural type system outfitted with a novel lightweight interference control mechanism, rely-guarantee protocols, that enables controlled aliasing of shared resources. By assigning each alias separate roles, encoded in a novel protocol abstraction in the spirit of rely-guarantee reasoning, our type system ensures that challenging uses of shared state will never interfere in an unsafe fashion. In particular, rely-guarantee protocols ensure that each alias will never observe an unexpected value, or type, when inspecting shared memory regardless of how the changes to that shared state (originating from potentially unknown program contexts) are interleaved at run-time.
Jonathan Aldrich (Co-Chair)
Luís Caires (Co-Chair)
António Ravara (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)