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Implementation and Use of Transactional Memory with Dynamic Separation

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Implementation and Use of Transactional Memory with Dynamic Separation
Abstract. We introduce the design and implementation of dynamic separation (DS) as a programming discipline for using transactional memory. Our approach is based on the programmer indicating which objects can be updated in transactions, which can be updated outside transactions, and which are read-only. We introduce explicit operations that identify transitions between these modes of access. We show how to guarantee strong semantics for programs that use these DS operations correctly, even over an STM implementation that provides only weak atomicity. We describe a run-time checking tool (analogous to a data-race detector) that can test whether or not a program is using DS operations correctly. We also examine the use of DS in an asynchronous IO library.
Andrew Birrell, Johnson Hsieh, Martín Abadi
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Type Conference
Year 2009
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Authors Andrew Birrell, Johnson Hsieh, Martín Abadi, Michael Isard, Tim Harris
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