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nvestigating Java Concurrency Using Abstract State Machines

  • Yuri Gurevich
  • Wolfram Schulte
  • Charles Wallace
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1912)

Abstract

We present a mathematically precise, platform-independent model of Java concurrency using the Abstract State Machine method. We cover all aspects of Java threads and synchronization, gradually adding details to the model in a series of steps. We motivate and explain each concurrency feature, and point out subtleties, inconsistencies and ambiguities in the official, informal Java specification.

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Main Memory Load Action Read Action Execution Engine Store Action 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuri Gurevich
    • 1
  • Wolfram Schulte
    • 1
  • Charles Wallace
    • 2
  1. 1.Microsoft ResearchRedmondUSA
  2. 2.University of DelawareNewarkUSA

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