Fri 21 - Thu 27 October 2011 Portland, Oregon, United States

Observationally Cooperative Multithreading (OCM) is a new approach to shared-memory parallelism. It addresses a key problem of mainstream concurrency control mechanisms - they can be prohibitively hard to reason about and debug. Programmers using OCM simply write code as if they were using the cooperative multithreading model (CM) for uniprocessors. The underlying OCM implementation then optimizes execution - running threads in parallel when possible - in such a way that the results are consistent with CM. In addition to providing easier reasoning and debugging, OCM is also highly adaptable in terms of its underlying concurrency-control mechanism. Programmers using OCM have the capability to take a finished program and choose the strategy (e.g., locks or transactions) that provides optimal performance.