Identifier

etd-06272014-134332

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Computer Science

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

Transactional memory provides an alternative synchronization mechanism that removes many limitations of traditional lock-based synchronization so that concurrent program writing is easier than lock-based code in modern multicore architectures. The fundamental module in a transactional memory system is the transaction which represents a sequence of read and write operations that are performed atomically to a set of shared resources; transactions may conflict if they access the same shared resources. A transaction scheduling algorithm is used to handle these transaction conflicts and schedule appropriately the transactions. In this dissertation, we study transaction scheduling problem in several systems that differ through the variation of the intra-core communication cost in accessing shared resources. Symmetric communication costs imply tightly-coupled systems, asymmetric communication costs imply large-scale distributed systems, and partially asymmetric communication costs imply non-uniform memory access systems. We made several theoretical contributions providing tight, near-tight, and/or impossibility results on three different performance evaluation metrics: execution time, communication cost, and load, for any transaction scheduling algorithm. We then complement these theoretical results by experimental evaluations, whenever possible, showing their benefits in practical scenarios. To the best of our knowledge, the contributions of this dissertation are either the first of their kind or significant improvements over the best previously known results.

Date

2014

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Busch, Konstantin (Costas)

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