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A Scalable, Non-blocking Approach to Transactional Memory

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A Scalable, Non-blocking Approach to Transactional Memory
Transactional Memory (TM) provides mechanisms that promise to simplify parallel programming by eliminating the need for locks and their associated problems (deadlock, livelock, priority inversion, convoying). For TM to be adopted in the long term, not only does it need to deliver on these promises, but it needs to scale to a high number of processors. To date, proposals for scalable TM have relegated livelock issues to user-level contention managers. This paper presents the first scalable TM implementation for directory-based distributed shared memory systems that is livelock free without the need for user-level intervention. The design is a scalable implementation of optimistic concurrency control that supports parallel commits with a two-phase commit protocol, uses write-back caches, and filters coherence messages. The scalable design is based on Transactional Coherence and Consistency (TCC), which supports continuous transactions and fault isolation. A performance evaluation of the...
Hassan Chafi, Jared Casper, Brian D. Carlstrom, Au
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where HPCA
Authors Hassan Chafi, Jared Casper, Brian D. Carlstrom, Austen McDonald, Chi Cao Minh, Woongki Baek, Christos Kozyrakis, Kunle Olukotun
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