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Practical static race detection for Java parallel loops

TitlePractical static race detection for Java parallel loops
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsRadoi, C., and D. Dig
Conference NameProceedings of the 2013 International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis - ISSTA 2013
Pagination178 - 190
Date Published07/2013
PublisherACM Press
Conference LocationLugano, Switzerland
ISBN Number9781450321594

Despite significant progress in recent years, the important problem of static race detection remains open. Previous techniques took a general approach and looked for races by analyzing the effects induced by low-level concurrency constructs (e.g., java.lang.Thread). But constructs and libraries for expressing parallelism at a higher level (e.g., fork-join, futures, parallel loops) are becoming available in all major programming languages.

We claim that specializing an analysis to take advantage of the extra semantic information provided by the use of these constructs and libraries improves precision and scalability.

We present IteRace, a set of techniques that are specialized to use the intrinsic thread, safety, and data-flow structure of collections and of the new loop-parallelism mechanism to be introduced in Java 8. Our evaluation shows that IteRace is fast and precise enough to be practical. It scales to programs of hundreds of thousands of lines of code and it reports few race warnings, thus avoiding a common pitfall of static analyses. The tool revealed six bugs in real-world applications. We reported four of them, one had already been fixed, and three were new and the developers confirmed and fixed them.


ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award