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Fast, multicore-scalable, low-fragmentation memory allocation through large virtual memory and global data structures

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Fast, multicore-scalable, low-fragmentation memory allocation through large virtual memory and global data structures
We demonstrate that general-purpose memory allocation involving many threads on many cores can be done with high performance, multicore scalability, and low memory consumption. For this purpose, we have designed and implemented scalloc, a concurrent allocator that generally performs and scales in our experiments better than other allocators while using less memory, and is still competitive otherwise. The main ideas behind the design of scalloc are: uniform treatment of small and big objects through so-called virtual spans, efficiently and effectively reclaiming free memory through fast and scalable global data structures, and constant-time (modulo synchronization) allocation and deallocation operations that trade off memory reuse and spatial locality without being subject to false sharing. Categories and Subject Descriptors D.4.2 [Operating Systems]: Storage Management—Allocation/deallocation strategies; D.3.4 [Programming Languages]: Processors— Memory management (garbage collec...
Martin Aigner 0003, Christoph M. Kirsch, Michael L
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Type Journal
Year 2015
Where OOPSLA
Authors Martin Aigner 0003, Christoph M. Kirsch, Michael Lippautz, Ana Sokolova
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