Permission Specifications for Common Multithreaded Programming Patterns

Marieke Huisman
INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France

Clément Hurlin
INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France


Multithreading is the next challenge for program verification. To support modular verification of multithreaded programs, one should know when data might be accessed or updated by the different threads in the system. We propose a permission-based annotation system that is designed to do exactly this, i.e. it specifies when a thread can read or write a variable. The annotation system ensures that threads have exclusive access to a variable whenever they have the possibility to write it, thus avoiding data races. Moreover, the annotation system allows to change permissions dynamically throughout the execution. The information from the permission annotations can be used for further verification of the program. This paper shows how the annotation system can be used to specify variable access in several typical multithreaded programming patterns.

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