Keynote Talk : Automated Reasoning for Weak Consistency

Suresh Suresh Jagannathan

Purdue University (USA)

ABSTRACT: Modern distributed applications often replicate data across geographically diverse locations to enable trust decentralization, guarantee low-latency access to application state, and provide high availability even in the face of node and network failures. Replication complicates program reasoning, however, since not all copies of an object are guaranteed to hold the same state at the same time.  Existing verification approaches impose a high cognitive burden on developers to establish necessary invariants and derive sophisticated proof strategies to ensure application correctness in these environments.  In this talk, I describe several techniques to enable automated verification of distributed applications in the face of weak-consistency that greatly alleviates this burden.  Our solutions employ new logical specification formalisms, novel symbolic execution and model-checking abstractions, and tailored static analyses that collectively enable the construction of trustworthy (geo-replicated) distributed applications, without requiring extensive programmer involvement to enable verification.


BIOGRAPHY: Suresh Jagannathan is the Samuel D. Conte Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University.  His research interests are in programming languages generally, with a specific focus on program verification, functional programming, and concurrent and distributed systems.  From 2013 – 2016, he served as a program manager in the Information Innovation Office at DARPA, where he conceived and led programs in probabilistic reasoning and machine learning, program synthesis, and adaptive computing.  He has also been a visiting faculty at Cambridge University, where he spent a sabbatical year in 2010; and, prior to joining Purdue, was a senior research scientist at the NEC Research Institute in Princeton, N.J. He received his Ph.D from MIT.




All deadlines are at 23:59 AoE

March 5th, 2021, March 19th, 2021

Abstract submission deadline

March 12th, 2021 March 26th, 2021

Paper submission deadline

April 26th, 2021 April 30th, 2021

Acceptance notification

May 10th, 2021

Camera ready

May 10th, 2021

Pre-recorded talk

Virtual conference with pre-recorded talks: May 19th – 21st, 2021

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Revised selected papers will be published as a post-proceedings in Springer's LNCS "Lecture Notes in Computer Science"

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