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On the fly MHP analysis
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May-Happen-in-Parallel (MHP) analysis forms the basis for many problems of program analysis and program understanding. MHP analysis can also be used by IDEs (integrated-development-environments) to help programmers to refactor parallel-programs, identify racy programs, understand which parts of the program run in parallel, and so on. Since the code keeps changing in the IDE, re-computing the MHP information after every change can be an expensive affair. In this manuscript, we propose a novel scheme to perform incremental MHP analysis (on the fly) of programs written in task parallel languages like X10 to keep the MHP information up to date, in an IDE environment.

The key insight of our proposed approach to maintain the MHP information up to date is that we need not rebuild (from scratch) every data structure related to MHP information, after each modification (addition or deletion of statements) in the source code. The idea is to reuse the old MHP information as much as possible and incrementally recompute the MHP information (of a small set of statements) which depends on the statement added/removed. We introduce two new algorithms that deal with addition and removal of parallel constructs like finish, async, atomic, and sequential constructs like loop, if, if-else and other sequential statements, on the fly. Our evaluation shows that our algorithms run much faster than the repeated invocations of the fastest known MHP analysis for X10 programs [Sankar et al. 2016].

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JournalProceedings of the 25th ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming
Open AccessNo