CS Talk - Chung-Kil Hur, Seoul National Univeristy

Event time: 
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 4:00pm
AKW 400 See map
51 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

CS Talk

Chung-Kil Hur, Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Seoul National University

Host: Zhong Shao

A Promising Semantics for Relaxed-Memory Concurrency


The “promising semantics” is an operational semantics for relaxed-memory concurrency that can account for concurrency features of major programming languages such as C/C++ and Java.  The semantics is promising since (1) it adequately balances the conflicting desiderata of programmers, compilers, and hardware, which has been a long standing open problem; (2) it is (arguably) simple and easy to understand because it is a standard interleaving operational semantics with just two new notions: “view” and “promise”; and (3) most results are fully formalized in Coq.

In this talk, I will introduce (1) the basics of relaxed memory concurrency, (2) the challenges with defining its model, and (3) the promising semantics showing how it solves the challenges. I assume no prior knowledge of relaxed memory concurrency

This is published at POPL’17 and joint work with Jeehoon Kang from Seoul National University, and Ori Lahav, VIktor Vafeiadis and Derek Dreyer from MPI-SWS.


Chung-Kil Hur is an associate professor in Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Seoul National University. Previously he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS) and Laboratoire PPS. He obtained a Ph.D. from University of Cambridge and a B.Sc. in both Computer Science and Mathematics from Korea Advanced Institute ofScience and Technology (KAIST). His research interests are in C/C++/LLVM semantics, relaxed memory concurrency, software (esp. compiler) verification, interactive theorem proving, category theory, probabilistic programming and Beyesian inference.