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A verified compiler for relaxed-memory concurrency

Participant : Francesco Zappa Nardelli [contact] .

We studied the semantic design and verified compilation of a C-like programming language for concurrent shared-memory computation above x86 multiprocessors. The design of such a language is made surprisingly subtle by several factors: the relaxed-memory behaviour of the hardware, the effects of compiler optimisation on concurrent code, the need to support high-performance concurrent algorithms, and the desire for a reasonably simple programming model. In turn, this complexity makes verified (or verifying) compilation both essential and challenging. This project started in 2010, and in 2012 we submitted a journal version, describing the correctness proof of all the phases of our CompCertTSO compiler (including experimental fence eliminations). This has been accepted for publication in Journal of the ACM [3] .

In collaboration with Jaroslav Sevcik (U. Cambridge), Viktor Vafeiadis (MPI-SWS), Suresh Jagannathan (Purdue U.), Peter Sewell (U. Cambridge).