Benjamin P. Wood

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Wellesley College
Science Center E128
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researching unaugmented actual reality glasses
  • 2017-2018: I am on research leave until Fall 2018.


I design programming systems for reliable concurrent and parallel software. This work reaches across the implementation stack, involving programming languages, program analysis, compilers, run-time systems, and computer architecture.

Currently I am exploring adaptive techniques for efficient dynamic program analysis using both pure-software and hybrid software-hardware implementations, applied first to data-race detection.


CS 111 Computer Programming & Problem Solving
Spring 2017
CS 230 Data Structures
Fall 2014
CS 240 Foundations of Computer Systems
(formerly Intro to Computer Systems/Machine Organization)
Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014 (old version)
λCS 251 Principles of Programming Languages
Fall 2015, Spring 2015
CS 301 Compiler and Runtime System Design
Spring 2016
UW CSE 351 The Hardware/Software Interface
Summer 2013
Systems Reading Club
Fall 2016

Research Students

Valerie Zhao '18
Thread Ownership Policy Checking, spring 2017-
Ella Chao '18
Thread Ownership Policy Annotations, spring 2017
Sam Mincheva '17
Sound Thread Local Analysis for Lockset-Based Dynamic Data Race Detection, honors thesis, 2016-2017
Kasey Shen '17
Thread Ownership Profiling, spring 2017
Profiling Synchronization Patterns in Multithreaded Programs, 2015-2016
2nd place, undergraduate research competition, CCSCNE 2016
Sunnia Ye '17
Profiling Tools for Multithreaded Programs, summer 2015


Conference Papers

Lightweight Data Race Detection for Production Runs
Swarnendu Biswas, Man Cao, Minjia Zhang, Michael D. Bond, Benjamin P. Wood
CC 2017: International Conference on Compiler Construction, February 2017
RaceChaser and Caper

Low-Level Detection of Language-Level Data Races with LARD
Benjamin P. Wood, Luis Ceze, and Dan Grossman
ASPLOS 2014: International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems, March 2014

RADISH: Always-On Sound and Complete Race Detection in Software and Hardware
Joseph Devietti, Benjamin P. Wood, Karin Strauss, Luis Ceze, Dan Grossman, and Shaz Qadeer
ISCA 2012: ACM/IEEE International Syposium on Computer Architecture, June 2012
Extended Tech Report

Cloud Types for Eventual Consistency
Sebastian Burckhardt, Manuel Fahndrich, Daan Leijen, and Benjamin P. Wood
ECOOP 2012: European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, June 2012

Isolating and Understanding Concurrency Errors Using Reconstructed Execution Fragments
Brandon Lucia, Benjamin P. Wood, and Luis Ceze
PLDI 2011: ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation, June 2011
Code: Recon

Composable Specifications for Structured Shared-Memory Communication
Benjamin P. Wood, Adrian Sampson, Luis Ceze, and Dan Grossman
OOPSLA 2010: ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Applications, October 2010
Talk: Keynote    PDF    Code: OshaJava

Workshop Papers

Greedy Coherence
Emily Fortuna, Brandon Lucia, Adrian Sampson, Benjamin P. Wood, and Luis Ceze
HPPC 2011: Workshop on Hardware Support for Parallel Program Correctness, December 2011 (with MICRO 44)

Data-Race Exceptions Have Benefits Beyond the Memory Model
Benjamin P. Wood, Luis Ceze, and Dan Grossman
MSPC 2011: ACM SIGPLAN Workshop on Memory Systems Performance and Correctness, June 2011     
Talk: Keynote    PDF

Technical Reports and Theses

Software and Hardware Support for Data-Race Exceptions
Benjamin P. Wood    (advised by Dan Grossman and Luis Ceze)
PhD dissertation, University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering, 2014

Code-Centric Communication Graphs for Shared-Memory Multithreaded Programs
Benjamin P. Wood, Joseph Devietti, Luis Ceze, and Dan Grossman
Technical Report UW-CSE-09-05-02, University of Washington, 2009

Hominy Grits: Specification and Inference of Synchronization Disciplines for Concurrent Programs
Benjamin P. Wood    (advised by Stephen N. Freund)
Undergraduate Thesis, Williams College, 2008

Serious Work

CSICSOCS General Chair: 2016, 2017

The Barnyard of Pig Data Research: A View from UW CSA
Benjamin P. Wood, Brandon Lucia, Tom Bergan, Jacob Nelson, and Adrian Sampson
PoCSci 2013: UW CSE Symposium on Potentially Computer Science
Talk: video

New World Order? No! Multicore Memory Models for the Masses!
Benjamin P. Wood, Emily Fortuna, Adrian Sampson, Tom Bergan, Brandon Lucia, Joseph Devietti, and Brandon Myers
PoCSci 2011: UW CSE Symposium on Potentially Computer Science
Talk: Keynote    PDF

Past: PhD @ UW CSE with Dan Grossman + Luis Ceze / PLSE + Sampa; BA @ Williams College in CS (with Steve Freund) and music.