Principles of Transactional Memory (Synthesis Lectures on by Rachid Guerraoui, Michal Kapalka

By Rachid Guerraoui, Michal Kapalka

Transactional reminiscence (TM) is an beautiful paradigm for concurrent programming on shared reminiscence architectures. With a TM, threads of an program speak, and synchronize their activities, through in-memory transactions. each one transaction can practice any variety of operations on shared information, after which both devote or abort. while the transaction commits, the consequences of all its operations turn into instantly noticeable to different transactions; while it aborts, besides the fact that, these results are completely discarded. Transactions are atomic: programmers get the semblance that each transaction executes all its operations at once, at a few unmarried and precise time limit. but, a TM runs transactions simultaneously to leverage the parallelism provided by means of glossy processors. the purpose of this publication is to supply theoretical foundations for transactional reminiscence. This contains defining a version of a TM, in addition to answering accurately while a TM implementation is true, what sort of homes it will probably determine, what are the ability and boundaries of a TM, and what inherent trade-offs are all for designing a TM set of rules. whereas the point of interest of this booklet is at the primary ideas, its aim is to trap the typical instinct in the back of the semantics of TMs and the homes of latest TM implementations. desk of Contents: advent / Shared reminiscence structures / Transactional reminiscence: A Primer / TM Correctness concerns / imposing a TM / additional examining / Opacity / Proving Opacity: An instance / Opacity vs.\ Atomicity / additional analyzing / The Liveness of a TM / Lock-Based TMs / Obstruction-Free TMs / normal Liveness of TMs / extra analyzing / Conclusions

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3 CONFLICTS Let H be any TM history, and Tk be any transaction in H . We say that transaction Tk reads (respectively, writes or updates) a t-object x (in H ) when Tk invokes a read-only (respectively, update) operation on x. We say that Tk accesses x when Tk invokes any operation on x. 3. HIGH-LEVEL TM API 29 The read set of transaction Tk in H , denoted by RSetH (Tk ), is the set of t-objects that Tk reads in history H . Analogously, the write set of Tk , denoted by WSetH (Tk ), is the set of t-objects that Tk updates in H .

2 REAL-TIME ORDER Consider a transaction Ti that updates a t-object x and commits. Now, consider another transaction Tk that starts after Ti commits. Can Tk still observe the old state of x, from before the update of Ti ? By analogy to critical sections, we should say “no”—the real-time order of transactions should be respected by a TM. Indeed, Tk returning an outdated state of x might seem counterintuitive to a programmer. Violating the real-time order can also lead to subtle bugs. 2, in which transactions are used to implement an optimistic locking mechanism that protects accesses to an external device.

The code of the TM algorithm is executed by every process pi that invokes an operation on the TM. Variables rset and wset, local to pi , track the t-variables, respectively, read and written by the current transaction Tk at pi . The local array oldval stores the original values of t-variables written by Tk , which are restored (in line 21) when Tk aborts. 2 AN IMPROVED TM ALGORITHM In this section, we present a TM algorithm AIR that uses 2-phase locking only for transactional writes and handles transactional reads in an optimistic way.

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