Carl G. Ritson

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Process-oriented programming is a design methodology in which software applications are constructed from communicating concurrent processes. A typical process-oriented design involves the composition of a large number of small isolated component processes. These concurrent components allow for the scalable parallel execution of the resulting application on(More)
Intel's latest processor microarchitecture, Haswell, adds support for a restricted form of transactional memory to the x86 programming model. We explore how this can be applied to three garbage collection scenarios in Jikes RVM: parallel copying, concurrent copying and bitmap marking. We demonstrate gains in concurrent copying speed over traditional(More)
Process orientation is an approach to concurrency that uses concepts of processes and message-passing communication, with whole systems constructed from layered and dynamically evolving networks of communicating processes. The work described in this paper relates to the automatic model generation and verification of systems developed in process-oriented(More)
Most proposals for on-the-fly garbage collection ignore the question of Java's weak and other reference types. However, we show that reference types are heavily used in DaCapo benchmarks. Of the few collectors that do address this issue, most block mutators, either globally or individually, while processing reference types. We introduce a new framework for(More)
To achieve good multi-core performance, modern microprocessors have weak memory models, rather than enforce sequential consistency. This gives the programmer a wide scope for choosing exactly how to implement various aspects of inter-thread communication through the system's shared memory. However, these choices come with both semantic and performance(More)