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Improved Implementations of Binary Universal Hagit Attiya and Eyal Dagan

Summary: Improved Implementations of Binary Universal
Hagit Attiya and Eyal Dagan
The Technion
We present an algorithm for implementing binary operations (of any type) from unary load­
linked (LL) and store­conditional (SC) operations. The performance of the algorithm is evaluated
according to its sensitivity, measuring the distance between operations in the graph induced by
conflicts, which guarantees that they do not influence the step complexity of each other. The
sensitivity of our implementation is O(log \Lambda n), where n is the number of processors in the system.
That is, operations that
are\Omega\Gammae/2 \Lambda n) apart in the graph induced by conflicts do not delay each
other. Constant sensitivity is achieved for operations used to implement heaps and array­based
linked lists.
We also prove that there is a problem which can be solved in O(1) steps using binary LL/SC
operations, but requires O(log log \Lambda n) operations if only unary LL/SC operations are used. This
indicates a non­constant gap between unary and binary LL/SC operations.
Categories and Subject Descriptors: C.2.4 [COMPUTER­COMMUNICATION NETWORKS]:
Distributed Systems; C.4 [PERFORMANCE OF SYSTEMS]: Fault tolerance; D.1.3 [PRO­
GRAMMING TECHNIQUES]: Concurrent Programming; D.2.12 [SOFTWARE ENGI­
NEERING]: Interoperability---Distributed objects; D.4.1 [OPERATING SYSTEMS]: Process


Source: Attiya, Hagit - Department of Computer Science, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences