Doppio Selected as SIGPLAN Research Highlight

Doppio, our work on making it possible to run general-purpose applications inside the browser, recently won two awards. At PLDI, it received the Distinguished Artifact Award. SIGPLAN, the Special Interest Group of ACM that focuses on Programming Languages, just selected Doppio as a Research Highlight. These papers are chosen by a board from across the PL community; SIGPLAN highlights are also recommended for consideration for the CACM Research Highlights section.

Below is the citation. IMHO John did an extraordinary job on the paper and the system, and I am glad to see that the community agrees!

Title: Doppio: Breaking the Browser Language Barrier
Authors: John Vilk, Emery Berger, University of Massachusetts
Venue: PLDI 2014

The authors build a JavaScript-based framework, Doppio, in which unmodified programs can be executed within a web browser. They do this by creating a runtime environment in JavaScript that supports basic services such as sockets, threading, and a filesystem that are not otherwise supported within the browser. The authors demonstrate the framework by implementing an in-browser JVM and an in-browser runtime for C++. The paper is an engineering tour de force. The paper should appeal to a wide audience because of the ubiquity of the browser (and thus the utility of their systems), and because it is broad in scope.