Speaker:John Reynolds
Time:2006-01-10 15:00:00
Place:Room 317-2, Bldg 302, SNU


Conventional semantics for shared-variable concurrency suffers from the "grain of time" problem, i.e., the necessity of specifying a default level of atomicity. We propose a semantics that avoids any such choice by regarding all interference that is not controlled by explicit critical regions as catastrophic. It is based on three principles:

  1. Operations have duration and can overlap one another during execution.
  2. If two overlapping operations touch the same location, the meaning of the program execution is ``wrong''.
  3. If, from a given starting state, execution of a program can give "wrong", then no other possibilities need be considered.

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