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The Silently Shifting Semicolon

Authors Daniel Marino, Todd Millstein, Madanlal Musuvathi, Satish Narayanasamy, Abhayendra Singh

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Daniel Marino
Todd Millstein
Madanlal Musuvathi
Satish Narayanasamy
Abhayendra Singh

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Daniel Marino, Todd Millstein, Madanlal Musuvathi, Satish Narayanasamy, and Abhayendra Singh. The Silently Shifting Semicolon. In 1st Summit on Advances in Programming Languages (SNAPL 2015). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 32, pp. 177-189, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2015)


Memory consistency models for modern concurrent languages have largely been designed from a system-centric point of view that protects, at all costs, optimizations that were originally designed for sequential programs. The result is a situation that, when viewed from a programmer's standpoint, borders on absurd. We illustrate this unfortunate situation with a brief fable and then examine the opportunities to right our path.
  • memory consistency models; sequential consistency; safe programming languages; data races


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