Mechanisms for store-wait-free multiprocessors

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Mechanisms for store-wait-free multiprocessors
Store misses cause significant delays in shared-memory multiprocessors because of limited store buffering and ordering constraints required for proper synchronization. Today, programmers must choose from a spectrum of memory consistency models that reduce store stalls at the cost of increased programming complexity. Prior research suggests that the performance gap among consistency models can be closed through speculation—enforcing order only when dynamically necessary. Unfortunately, past designs either provide insufficient buffering, replace all stores with read-modify-write operations, and/or recover from ordering violations via impractical fine-grained rollback mechanisms. We propose two mechanisms that, together, enable store-wait–free implementations of any memory consistency model. To eliminate buffer-capacity–related stalls, we propose the scalable store buffer, which places private/speculative values directly into the L1 cache, thereby eliminating the non-scalable assoc...
Thomas F. Wenisch, Anastassia Ailamaki, Babak Fals
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where ISCA
Authors Thomas F. Wenisch, Anastassia Ailamaki, Babak Falsafi, Andreas Moshovos
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