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2012 ACM SIGPLAN Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

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Congratulations to Dan Marino (Ph.D. 2011) and his advisor Todd Millstein.  Dan is the recipient of the 2012 ACM SIGPLAN Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award.  This award is presented annually to the author of the outstanding doctoral dissertation in the area of programming languages.  The citation reads as follows: 
 
This dissertation addresses the problem of obtaining reliable results from concurrent programs. As a first step, the dissertation presents LiteRace, which uses sampling to dynamically detect race conditions. As a second step, the dissertation presents DRFx, which is a memory model that enforces sequential consistency, where hardware and software share responsibility for detecting violations of sequential consistency. Finally, the dissertation presents the design of an optimizing compiler that preserves sequential consistency. The dissertation thus demonstrates how a revised distribution of responsibilities among programmers, programming languages, and hardware can help detect and avoid concurrency violations. The committee was impressed with the dissertation's broad vision for both the problems of concurrency and the possible solutions.