STORM: Static Unit Checking of Concurrent Programs

Zvonimir Rakamaric. ACM Student Research Competition at the 32nd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2010), Cape Town, South Africa.
Silver Medal Winner in the Competition.
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Abstract: Concurrency is inherent in today’s software. Unexpected interactions between concurrently executing threads often cause subtle bugs in concurrent programs. Such bugs are hard to discover using traditional testing techniques since they require executing a program on a particular unit test (i.e. input) through a particular thread interleaving. A promising solution to this problem is static program analysis since it can simultaneously check a concurrent program on all inputs as well as through all possible thread interleavings. This paper describes a scalable, automatic, and precise approach to static unit checking of concurrent programs implemented in a tool called STORM. STORM has been applied on a number of real-world Windows device drivers, and the tool found a previously undiscovered concurrency bug in a driver from Microsoft’s Driver Development Kit.


  author = {Zvonimir Rakamari\'c},
  title = {{STORM}: {S}tatic Unit Checking of Concurrent Programs},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 32nd ACM/IEEE International
    Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2010) - Volume 2},
  publisher = {ACM},
  editor = {Jeff Kramer and Judith Bishop and Premkumar T. Devanbu and
    Sebasti{\'a}n Uchitel},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {519--520},