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Solo-valency and the cost of coordination

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Solo-valency and the cost of coordination
This paper introduces solo-valency, a variation on the valency proof technique originated by Fischer, Lynch, and Paterson. The new technique focuses on critical events that influence the responses of solo runs by individual operations, rather than on critical events that influence a protocol's single decision value. It allows us to derive n lower bounds on the time to perform an operation for lock-free implementations of concurrent objects such as linearizable queues, stacks, sets, hash tables, counters, approximate agreement, and more. Time is measured as the number of distinct base objects accessed and the number of stalls caused by contention in accessing memory, incurred by a process as it performs a single operation. We introduce the influence level metric that quantifies the extent to which the response of a solo execution of one process can be changed by other processes. We then prove the existence of a relationship between the space complexity, latency, contention and in...
Danny Hendler, Nir Shavit
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where DC
Authors Danny Hendler, Nir Shavit
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