The reads-from equivalence for the TSO and PSO memory models

Bui TL, Chatterjee K, Gautam T, Pavlogiannis A, Toman V. 2021. The reads-from equivalence for the TSO and PSO memory models. Proceedings of the ACM on Programming Languages. 5(OOPSLA), 164.

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In this work we solve the algorithmic problem of consistency verification for the TSO and PSO memory models given a reads-from map, denoted VTSO-rf and VPSO-rf, respectively. For an execution of n events over k threads and d variables, we establish novel bounds that scale as nk+1 for TSO and as nk+1· min(nk2, 2k· d) for PSO. Moreover, based on our solution to these problems, we develop an SMC algorithm under TSO and PSO that uses the RF equivalence. The algorithm is exploration-optimal, in the sense that it is guaranteed to explore each class of the RF partitioning exactly once, and spends polynomial time per class when k is bounded. Finally, we implement all our algorithms in the SMC tool Nidhugg, and perform a large number of experiments over benchmarks from existing literature. Our experimental results show that our algorithms for VTSO-rf and VPSO-rf provide significant scalability improvements over standard alternatives. Moreover, when used for SMC, the RF partitioning is often much coarser than the standard Shasha-Snir partitioning for TSO/PSO, which yields a significant speedup in the model checking task.
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2021-10-15
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Proceedings of the ACM on Programming Languages
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The research was partially funded by the ERC CoG 863818 (ForM-SMArt) and the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF) through project ICT15-003.
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5
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OOPSLA
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164
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Bui TL, Chatterjee K, Gautam T, Pavlogiannis A, Toman V. The reads-from equivalence for the TSO and PSO memory models. Proceedings of the ACM on Programming Languages. 2021;5(OOPSLA). doi:10.1145/3485541
Bui, T. L., Chatterjee, K., Gautam, T., Pavlogiannis, A., & Toman, V. (2021). The reads-from equivalence for the TSO and PSO memory models. Proceedings of the ACM on Programming Languages. Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3485541
Bui, Truc Lam, Krishnendu Chatterjee, Tushar Gautam, Andreas Pavlogiannis, and Viktor Toman. “The Reads-from Equivalence for the TSO and PSO Memory Models.” Proceedings of the ACM on Programming Languages. Association for Computing Machinery, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1145/3485541.
T. L. Bui, K. Chatterjee, T. Gautam, A. Pavlogiannis, and V. Toman, “The reads-from equivalence for the TSO and PSO memory models,” Proceedings of the ACM on Programming Languages, vol. 5, no. OOPSLA. Association for Computing Machinery, 2021.
Bui TL, Chatterjee K, Gautam T, Pavlogiannis A, Toman V. 2021. The reads-from equivalence for the TSO and PSO memory models. Proceedings of the ACM on Programming Languages. 5(OOPSLA), 164.
Bui, Truc Lam, et al. “The Reads-from Equivalence for the TSO and PSO Memory Models.” Proceedings of the ACM on Programming Languages, vol. 5, no. OOPSLA, 164, Association for Computing Machinery, 2021, doi:10.1145/3485541.
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