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NV-Heaps: making persistent objects fast and safe with next-generation, non-volatile memories

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NV-Heaps: making persistent objects fast and safe with next-generation, non-volatile memories
nt, user-defined objects present an attractive abstraction for working with non-volatile program state. However, the slow speed of persistent storage (i.e., disk) has restricted their design and limited their performance. Fast, byte-addressable, non-volatile technologies, such as phase change memory, will remove this constraint and allow programmers to build high-performance, persistent data structures in non-volatile storage that is almost as fast as DRAM. Creating these data structures requires a system that is lightweight enough to expose the performance of the underlying memories but also ensures safety in the presence of application and system failures by avoiding familiar bugs such as dangling pointers, multiple free()s, and locking errors. In addition, the system must prevent new types of hard-to-find pointer safety bugs that only arise with persistent objects. These bugs are especially dangerous since any corruption they cause will be permanent. We have implemented a lightwe...
Joel Coburn, Adrian M. Caulfield, Ameen Akel, Laur
Added 24 Aug 2011
Updated 24 Aug 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where ASPLOS
Authors Joel Coburn, Adrian M. Caulfield, Ameen Akel, Laura M. Grupp, Rajesh K. Gupta, Ranjit Jhala, Steven Swanson
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