The annual conference and AGM of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing starts on Monday 27th April 2015 at Queen Mary University London.
Professor’s Meyer’s talk, titled “Can Concurrency Become Easy?” has the following abstract:
“Most software today needs to be concurrent, taking advantage of multicore and distributed computing platforms, or just of multithreading. Building concurrent applications remains a black art; with the standard multithreading mechanisms, the constant risk of data races and deadlocks threatens the execution of all applications. To try to avoid these pitfalls and produce applications that are both efficient and safe, programmers have few tools and little guidance; testing, in particular, is of little help.
The “Concurrency Made Easy” ERC Advanced Investigator Project, building on the SCOOP model of concurrent computation, proposes a concurrency approach that strays as little as possible from established principles of sequential object-oriented programming. The aim is to allow developers to get the full performance of concurrent applications while continuing to reason about their programs in the classical way. I will present these techniques, the current state of their implementation, examples of applications, and the perspective these developments offer for the future of programming.”
Here’s to another excellent conference!