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A Formal Study of Slicing for Multi-threaded Programs with JVM Concurrency Primitives

  • John Hatcliff
  • James Corbett
  • Matthew Dwyer
  • Stefan Sokolowski
  • Hongjun Zheng
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1694)

Abstract

Previous work has shown that program slicing can be a useful step in model-checking software systems. We are interested in applying these techniques to construct models of multi-threaded Java programs. Past work does not address the concurrency primitives found in Java, nor does it provide the rigorous notions of slice correctness that are necessary for reasoning about programs with non-deterministic behaviour and potentially infinite computation traces.

In this paper, we define the semantics of a simple multi-threaded language with concurrency primitives matching those found in the Java Virtual Machine, we propose a bisimulation-based notion of correctness for slicing in this setting, we identify notions of dependency that are relevant for slicing multi-threaded Java programs, and we use these dependencies to specify a program slicer for the language presented in the paper. Finally, we discuss how these dependencies can be refined to take into account common programming idioms of concurrent Java software.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Hatcliff
    • 1
  • James Corbett
    • 2
  • Matthew Dwyer
    • 1
  • Stefan Sokolowski
    • 1
  • Hongjun Zheng
    • 1
  1. 1.SAnToS LaboratoryKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA
  2. 2.University of HawaiiUSA

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