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XMalloc: A Scalable Lock-free Dynamic Memory Allocator for Many-core Machines

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XMalloc: A Scalable Lock-free Dynamic Memory Allocator for Many-core Machines
There are two avenues for many-core machines to gain higher performance: increasing the number of processors, and increasing the number of vector units in one SIMD processor. A truly scalable algorithm should take advantage of both. However, most past research on scalable memory allocators scales well with the number of processors, but poorly with the number of vector units in one SIMD processor. As a result, they are not truly scalable on many-core architectures. In this work, we introduce our proposed solution through the design of XMalloc, a truly scalable, efficient lock-free memory allocator. We will present (1) our solution for transforming traditional atomic compare-and-swap based lock-free algorithm to scale on SIMD architectures, and (2) a hierarchical cachelike buffer solution to reduce the average latency of accesses to non-scalable or slow resources such as main memory in a many-core machine. We implemented XMalloc as a memory allocator on an NVIDIA Tesla C1060 GPU with 240...
Xiaohuang Huang, Christopher I. Rodrigues, Stephen
Added 13 Feb 2011
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Type Journal
Year 2010
Where IEEECIT
Authors Xiaohuang Huang, Christopher I. Rodrigues, Stephen Jones, Ian Buck, Wen-mei W. Hwu
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