[Pl-seminar] Reminder: Seminar TOMORROW: John Vilk, Making the Browser Reasonable for Sane Programmers

Daniel Patterson dbp at ccs.neu.edu
Thu Jan 26 10:52:22 EST 2017

Reminder: This is tomorrow!

On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 9:51 AM Daniel Patterson <dbp at ccs.neu.edu> wrote:

> NUPRL Seminar presents
> John Vilk
> University of Massachusetts Amherst
> Host: Ben Greenman
> 12:00-1:30PM
> Friday, January 27th 2017
> Room 366 WVH (http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/wand/directions.html)
> Making the Browser Reasonable for Sane Programmers
> Abstract:
> Billions of people use browsers to access the web from a variety of
> devices, but it remains difficult to write and debug the client-side of web
> applications. The browser exposes unfamiliar, redundant, and incompatible
> abstractions for a variety of common tasks, preventing developers from
> adapting existing code written for other platforms. The browser environment
> is completely event-driven and pervasively concurrent, resulting in complex
> control flow and race conditions that are difficult to debug.
> In this talk, I will describe how my research makes it easier to write and
> debug web applications. Doppio is a JavaScript runtime system that lets
> developers run unaltered code written in general-purpose languages, such as
> Java and C/C++, directly inside the browser. Browsix further enhances
> Doppio with a kernel, processes, and shared operating system resources,
> letting multiple off-the-shelf programs concurrently interoperate on the
> same webpage. ReJS is a low-overhead and high-fidelity time-traveling
> debugger that lets developers instantaneously step forward and backward
> through a program's execution. ReJS accurately recreates the application's
> complete behavior, including the GUI and multiple types of race conditions,
> while producing miniscule and portable application traces. These resources
> transform the browser into a first-class application platform.
> Bio:
> John Vilk is a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Information and Computer
> Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a member of the
> PLASMA lab, and is advised by Emery Berger. John's research aims to improve
> the browser as an application platform by making it easier to write, debug,
> and optimize complex web applications. John is a Facebook Fellow (2015),
> and his work on Doppio: Breaking the Browser Language Barrier is a SIGPLAN
> Research Highlight (2014) and a PLDI Distinguished Artifact (2014). His
> research forms the basis of Microsoft ChakraCore's time-traveling debugger
> and lets millions of people interact with legacy software and games in
> their browser at the Internet Archive (https://archive.org/). John
> received his MS from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2013) and his
> BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2011).
> You can learn more about John at his website, https://jvilk.com/.
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