Formal Methods, Tools, Verification, Security
Highly-Parallel Systems, New Math, and New Tools,
Richard Shoup, 2011 [slides-PDF]
Abstract: The appalling state of most software produced today is largely the
result of the continual free lunch that has been provided by semiconductor
technology (Moore's law) for over four decades. The current "parallelism panic" (aka
the multicore revolution) is sure to only worsen this situation. The
advent of more parallel, highly complex, highly interconnected systems suggests
that new and better tools are not only desirable but essential for
dependable and secure computing in distributed, multicore, and reconfigurable systems.
This talk attempts to show 1) how the computing field is getting in
trouble by building increasingly complex systems that no one understands, 2) what
it will require to take full advantage of reconfigurable and multicore
highly-parallel hardware, and 3) some new and deeper mathematical formalisms for
building formal hardware and software engineering tools to enable the
production of verifiable, secure complex systems.
Kids running down a hill,
out of control.
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