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Universal Constructions for Large Objects \Lambda James H. Anderson and Mark Moir
 

Summary: Universal Constructions for Large Objects \Lambda
James H. Anderson and Mark Moir
Dept. of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Abstract
We present lock­free and wait­free universal constructions for implementing large
shared objects. Most previous universal constructions require processes to copy the
entire object state, which is impractical for large objects. Previous attempts to
address this problem require programmers to explicitly fragment large objects into
smaller, more manageable pieces, paying particular attention to how such pieces are
copied. In contrast, our constructions are designed to largely shield programmers
from this fragmentation. Furthermore, for many objects, our constructions result
in lower copying overhead than previous ones.
Fragmentation is achieved in our constructions through the use of load­linked ,
store­conditional , and validate operations on a ``large'' multi­word shared variable.
Before presenting our constructions, we show that these operations can be efficiently
implemented from similar one­word primitives.
1 Introduction
This paper extends recent research on universal lock­free and wait­free constructions of
shared objects [3, 4]. Such constructions can be used to implement any object in a lock­
free or a wait­free manner, and thus can be used as the basis for a general methodology

  

Source: Anderson, James - Department of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences