Mohamed Faouzi Atig, Ahmed Bouajjani, and Shaz Qadeer
Context-bounded analysis has been shown to be both efficient and
effective at finding bugs in concurrent programs. According to its original definition,
context-bounded analysis explores all behaviors of a concurrent program
up to some fixed number of context switches between threads. This definition is
inadequate for programs that create threads dynamically because bounding the
number of context switches in a computation also bounds the number of threads
involved in the computation. In this paper, we propose a more general definition
of context-bounded analysis useful for programs with dynamic thread creation.
The idea is to bound the number of context switches for each thread instead of
bounding the number of switches of all threads. We consider several variants
based on this new definition, and we establish decidability and complexity results
for the analysis induced by them.
In Conference on Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems
Publisher Springer Verlag
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