John Boyland
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Checking interference with fractional permissions


We describe a type system for checking interference using the concept of linear capabilities (which we call “permissions”).  Our innovations include the concept of “fractional” permissions:  reads can be permitted with fractional permissions whereas writes require complete permissions.  This distinction expresses the fact that reads on the same state do not conflict with each other.  One may give shared read access at one point while still retaining write permission afterwards.  We give an operational semantics of a simple imperative language with structured parallelism and prove that the permission system enables parallelism to proceed with deterministic results.

Principles of Programming Seminars

Friday, September 19, 2003
3:30 p.m.
Wean Hall 8220