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A Survey on Static Data Race Detection Methods


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Mälardalen Real-Time Research Centre, Mälardalen University




In this paper, we have conducted a survey on the methods used by various static data race detection tools. Static race detection techniques need to (i) identify what the possible conflicting memory accesses are, and in which pro- gram statements these conflicting accesses occur, (ii) identify the conflicting ac- cesses that are simultaneous, (iii) generate warnings, and (iv) reduce false pos- itives. Analysis of locksets, for programs having lock based synchronization, is an essential component in order to detect if two potential conflicting accesses are simultaneous or not. We have considered the tools Warlock [15], RacerX [1], Chord [8], Relay [17], and the static race detection methods of Kahlon et al. [2, 3]; we have studied how the above four essential requirements are analyzed in the previously mentioned tools. Scalability, soundness, and precision of the tools are compared, and finally classification of race warnings provided by some dy- namic race detection tools are provided. We believe that this classification helps us understand why some race warnings are harmful and why some others are not.


author = {Abu Naser Masud},
title = {A Survey on Static Data Race Detection Methods},
month = {March},
year = {2016},
publisher = {M{\"a}lardalen Real-Time Research Centre, M{\"a}lardalen University},
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