TigerQuoll: parallel event-based JavaScript

TitleTigerQuoll: parallel event-based JavaScript
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsDaniele Bonetta, Walter Binder, and Cesare Pautasso
Conference NameProceedings of the 18th ACM SIGPLAN symposium on Principles and practice of parallel programming (PPoPP ’13)
Conference LocationShenzhen, China
KeywordsJavaScript, Parallel JavaScript, TigerQuoll

JavaScript, the most popular language on the Web, is rapidly moving to the server-side, becoming even more pervasive. Still, JavaScript lacks support for shared memory parallelism, making it challenging for developers to exploit multicores present in both servers and clients. In this paper we present TigerQuoll, a novel API and runtime for parallel programming in JavaScript. TigerQuoll features an event-based API and a parallel runtime allowing applications to exploit a mutable shared memory space. The programming model of TigerQuoll features automatic consistency and concurrency management, such that developers do not have to deal with shared-data synchronization. TigerQuoll supports an innovative transaction model that allows for eventual consistency to speed up high-contention workloads. Experiments show that TigerQuoll applications scale well, allowing one to implement common parallelism patterns in JavaScript.

Citation Keypjs:2014:ppopp
Refereed DesignationRefereed