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Automatic Mutual Exclusion

We propose a new way of using transactional memory which ensures that by default a program is correctly synchronized.


This project is exploring a new concurrent programming model, Automatic Mutual Exclusion (AME). In contrast to lock-based programming, and to other programming models built over software transactional memory (STM), we arrange that all shared state is implicitly protected unless the programmer explicitly specifies otherwise. An AME program is composed from serializable atomic fragments. We include features allowing the programmer to delimit and manage the fragments to achieve appropriate program structure and performance. The resulting programming model makes it easier to write correct code than incorrect code. It favors correctness over performance for simple programs, while allowing advanced programmers the expressivity they need.

We are currently evaluating the model using a C#-based implementation.