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Inherent limitations on disjoint-access parallel implementations of transactional memory

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Inherent limitations on disjoint-access parallel implementations of transactional memory
Transactional memory (TM) is a promising approach for designing concurrent data structures, and it is essential to develop better understanding of the formal properties that can be achieved by TM implementations. Two fundamental properties of TM implementations are disjoint-access parallelism, which is critical for their scalability, and the invisibility of read operations, which reduces memory contention. This paper proves an inherent tradeoff for implementations of transactional memories: they cannot be both disjointaccess parallel and have read-only transactions that are invisible and always terminate successfully. In fact, a lower bound of (t) is proved on the number of writes needed in order to implement a read-only transaction of t items, which successfully terminates in a disjoint-access parallel TM implementation. The results assume strict serializability and thus hold under the assumption of opacity. It is shown how to extend the results to hold also for weaker consistency co...
Hagit Attiya, Eshcar Hillel, Alessia Milani
Added 25 Nov 2009
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Type Conference
Year 2009
Where SPAA
Authors Hagit Attiya, Eshcar Hillel, Alessia Milani
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