In Proceedings

An Efficient Tunable Selective Points-to Analysis for Large Codebases
March 2017

Points-to analysis is a fundamental static program analysis technique for tools including compilers and bug-checkers. Although object-based context sensitivity is known to im-prove precision of points-to analysis, scaling it for large Java codebases remains an challenge. In this work, we develop a tunable, client-independent, object-sensitive points-to analysis framework where heap cloning is applied selectively. This approach is aimed at large codebases where standard analysis is typically expensive. Our design includes a pre-analysis that determines program points that contribute to the cost of an object-sensitive points-to analysis. A subsequent analysis then determines the context depth for each allocation site. While our framework can run standalone, it is also possible to tune it – the user of the framework can use the knowledge of the codebase being analysed to influence the selection of expensive program points as well as the process to differentiate the required context-depth. Overall, the approach determines where the cloning is beneficial and where the cloning is unlikely to be beneficial. We have implemented our approach using Souffl ́e (a Datalog compiler) and an extension of the DOOP framework. Our experiments on large programs, including OpenJDK, show that our technique is efficient and precise. For the OpenJDK, our analysis reduces 27% of runtime and 18% of memory usage for a negligible loss of precision, while for Jython from the DaCapo benchmark suite, the same analysis reduces 91% of runtime for no loss of precision.

Authors: Behnaz Hassanshahi, Raghavendra Kagalavadi Ramesh, Padmanabhan Krishnan, Bernhard Scholz, Yi Lu

Venue: State of the Art in Program Analysis (SOAP) workshop, Barcelona, Spain, 18th June 2017. Colocated with PLDI and ECOOP conferences.

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Hardware and Software, Engineered to Work Together