Effpi: Verified Message-Passing Programs in Dotty
We present Effpi: an experimental toolkit for strongly-typed concurrent and distributed programming in Dotty, with verification capabilities based on type-level model checking.
Effpi addresses one of the main challenges in developing and maintaining concurrent programs: many concurrency errors (like protocol violations, deadlocks, livelocks) are often spotted late, at run-time, when applications are tested or (worse) deployed in production. Effpi aims at finding such problems early, when programs are written and compiled.
Effpi provides: (1) a set of Dotty classes for describing communication protocols as types; (2) an embedded DSL for concurrent programming, with process-based and actor-based abstractions; (3) a Dotty compiler plugin to verify whether protocols and programs enjoy desirable properties, such as deadlock-freedom; and (4) an efficient run-time system for executing Effpi’s DSL-based programs. The combination of (1) and (2) allows the Dotty compiler to check whether an Effpi program implements a desired protocol/type; and this, together with (3), means that many typical concurrent programming errors are found and ruled out at compile-time. Further, (4) allows to run highly concurrent Effpi programs with millions of interacting processes/actors, by scheduling them on a limited number of CPU cores. In this paper, we provide an overview of Effpi; then, we illustrate its design and main features, and discuss its future developments.
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