Transaction Activation Scheduling Support for Transactional Memory
Transactional Memory (TM) is considered as one of the most promising paradigms for developing concurrent applications. TM has been shown to scale well on multiple cores when the data access pattern behaves “well,” i.e., when few conflicts are induced. In contrast, data patterns with frequent write sharing, with long transactions, or when many threads contend for a smaller number of cores, produce numerous aborts. These problems are traditionally addressed by application-level contention managers, but they suffer from a lack of precision and provide unpredictable benefits on many workloads.
In this talk, we propose a system approach where the scheduler tries to avoid aborts by preventing conflicting transactions from running simultaneously. We use a combination of several techniques to help reduce the odds of conflicts, by (1) avoiding preempting threads running a transaction until the transaction completes, (2) keeping track of conflicts and delaying the restart of a transaction until conflicting transactions have committed, and (3) keeping track of conflicts and only allowing a thread with conflicts to run at low priority.
Our approach has been implemented in Linux for Software Transactional Memory (STM) using a shared memory segment to allow fast communication between the STM library and the scheduler. It only requires small and contained modifications to the operating system. Experimental evaluation emonstrates that our approach significantly reduces the number of aborts while improving transaction throughput on various workloads.
Date: 2009-Jun-29 Time: 14:00:00 Room: 336
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Workshop “Metabolism and mathematical models: Two for a tango” – 2nd Edition
Title: Workshop Metabolism and mathematical models: Two for a tango – 2nd Edition
Dates: October 25-26, 2022
Location: This workshop will be held in a virtual way
The topic of this workshop is metabolism in general, with a special focus, although not exclusive, on parasitology. Besides an exploration of the biological, biochemical and biomedical aspects, the workshop will also aim at presenting some of the mathematical modelling, algorithmic theory and software development that have become crucial to explore such aspects.
This workshop is being organised in the context of two projects, both with the Inria European Team Erable. One of the projects involves a partnership with the University of São Paulo (USP), in São Paulo, Brazil, more specifically the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics (IME) and the Institute of Biomedical Sciences – Inria Associated Team Capoeira – and the other involves the Inesc-ID/IST in Portugal, ETH in Zürich and EMBL in Heidelberg – H2020 Twinning Project Olissipo.
The workshop is open to all members of these two projects but also, importantly, to the community in general.
The program and more details are available here.