LOFT: Lock-Free Transactional Data Structures

Avner Elizarov, M.Sc. Thesis Seminar
Sunday, 11.11.2018, 11:00
Taub 601
Prof. Erez Petrank

Concurrent data structures are widely used in modern multi-core architectures, providing atomicity (linearizability) for each concurrent operation. However, it is often desirable to execute several operations on multiple data structures atomically. We present a design of a transactional framework supporting linearizable transactions of multiple operations on multiple data structures in a lock-free manner. Our design uses a helping mechanism to obtain lock-freedom, and an advanced lock-free contention management mechanism to mitigate the effects of aborting transactions. When cyclic helping conflicts are detected, the contention manager reorders the conflicting transactions execution allowing all transactions to complete with minimal delay. To exemplify this framework we implement a transactional set using a skip-list, a transactional queue, and a transactional register. We present an evaluation of the system showing that we outperform general software transactional memory, and are competitive with lock-based transactional data structures.

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