Who's Afraid of a Big Bad Lock?
Speaker: Nir Shavit , Sun Labs at OracleContact:
Date: October 29 2010
Time: 1:00PM to 2:30PM
Host: Nancy Lynch, MIT
Alex Cornejo, 617 253 19-22, email@example.comRelevant URL:
Title: Who's Afraid of a Big Bad Lock?
Traditional data structure designs, whether lock-based or lock-free,
provide parallelism via fine grained synchronization among threads.
We introduce a new synchronization paradigm based on coarse locking,
which we call flat combining. The cost of synchronization in flat
combining is so low, that having a single thread holding a lock
perform the combined access requests of all others, delivers, up to
a certain non-negligible concurrency level, better performance than
the most effective parallel finely synchronized implementations. We
use flat-combining to devise, among other structures, new
linearizable stack, queue, and priority queue algorithms that
greatly outperform all prior algorithms.
Joint work with Danny Hendler, Itai Incze, and Moran Tzafrir.
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