Open Projects

For Bachelor's theses or for Software Engineering projects in the Master's program

(Some of these topics can also be extended for a Master's thesis. Please ask.)


  • Visual Studio Code Plugin for Debugging Programs on GraalVM (Java, JavaScript)
    Truffle is a framework for implementing interpreters for programming languages. It is the key component of the GraalVM project which combines several such Truffle language implementations into a single multi-language runtime. The framework also provides an API for efficient instrumentation and debugging of programs executed by a Truffle language implementation. Multiple debuggers already utilize this API to implement their back-end. The goal of this project is to develop a plugin for Visual Studio Code that uses Truffle's instrumentation framework as a back-end for the editor's integrated debugger.

  • Reference implementation of SOMns record and replay in GraaJS (Java)
    SOMns is a research language similar to Smalltalk. It provides specialised debugging support for its concurrency models, e.g. record & replay. Record and replay debugging is based on the idea of recording a program trace that allows one to deterministically reproduce an execution (including bugs). SOMns and GraalJS are both implemented in Java with the Truffle framework and use similar concurrency models. The goal of this thesis is to reimplement the record and replay strategy from SOMns in GraalJS. In addition, recording performance of the GraalJS implementation should be evaluated with benchmarks.

  • Enhancing the AcmeAir benchmark application
    AcmeAir is a simple web-application that represents the booking system of an airline. It is used to evaluate the run-time performance of debugging tools in our SOMns language implementation. Currently, AcmeAir supports a limited set of operations that are very database dependent. The goal of this project is to enhance AcmeAir with features one could find in a real booking system, for example multiple options for finding flight connections. Additionally, the JMeter configuration used to drive the benchmark needs to be updated to use the new features.

  • Automatic Evaluation of C Bug Finding Tools
    Buffer overflow vulnerabilities, use-after-free errors, NULL dereferences, and other errors are omnipresent in C. Bug-finding tools such as LLVM's AddressSanitizer, Valgrind, and Safe Sulong enable programmers to tackle this issue by executing the system under test with the respective tool. The goal of this project is to automatically determine the distribution of error categories and evaluate state-of-the-art bug-finding tools on Github projects. The outcome should be a tool that downloads projects from Github, builds the projects, and runs their test suites with different bug finding tools. The bug finding tools must be capable of classifying execution errors by their error messages.

  • A Feasibility Study on Executing Binary Code on Sulong
    Sulong is an execution environment for C and other low-level languages on the JVM. C programs often rely on third party libraries that are only available as binary code, which cannot be executed by Sulong. However, Sulong executes a low-level intermediate representation, called LLVM IR, that can be produced by tools from binary code. Such tools include QEMU, MC-Semantics, and LLBT; using one could enable Sulong to execute binary code. The goal of this project is to evaluate whether these tools are complete enough to translate common code and determine if the produced LLVM IR is suitable for execution on Sulong. As a subgoal, unimplemented features that are exercised by such code should be implemented in Sulong.

  • Test language interoperability between JavaScript and Ruby (JavaScript, some Ruby and Java)
    The Truffle Framework allows you to write code that interoperates between different languages. In this project, you should prepare test cases to see how well-behaving JavaScript is when executing on foreign (here: Ruby) objects. What happens when you try to execute methods from JavaScript's core library on Ruby objects? The project should result in a complete set of unit tests and an analysis of the failing behaviour.
    Contact: Dr. Wirth

  • NUMA support for the G1 Garbage Collector
    On multi-socket systems memory access time depends on the memory location relative to the processor (locality group): "closer" memory access latency is significantly smaller than memory that is located with a different processor. Currently G1 does not exploit this by improving or at least keeping access locality the same.
    Goals for this task could include implementation of the common heuristics used in literature that keep objects in the same locality group as long as possible, like a) let G1 keep data in the same locality group in the young generation and try to evenly spread data across locality groups in old generation; or b) try to keep locality in both young and old generation. Measure the impact of these strategies across a set of industry benchmarks and analyze other areas in the garbage collector that might benefit from NUMA awareness and potentially suggest changes.
    Contact: DI Schatzl