Date of Award

8-19-2005

Document Type

Thesis (Ph.D.)

Department

Department of Computer Science

First Advisor

Prasad Jayanti

Abstract

Over the past decade, a pair of instructions called load-linked (LL) and store-conditional (SC) have emerged as the most suitable synchronization instructions for the design of lock-free algorithms. However, current architectures do not support these instructions; instead, they support either CAS (e.g., UltraSPARC, Itanium, Pentium) or restricted versions of LL/SC (e.g., POWER4, MIPS, Alpha). Thus, there is a gap between what algorithm designers want (namely, LL/SC) and what multiprocessors actually support (namely, CAS or restricted LL/SC). To bridge this gap, this thesis presents a series of efficient, wait-free algorithms that implement LL/SC from CAS or restricted LL/SC.

Comments

Listed in the Dartmouth College Computer Science Technical Report Series as TR2005-556.

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