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Making a DSM Consistency Protocol Hierarchy-Aware: an Efficient Synchronization Scheme

Gabriel Antoniu 1 Luc Bougé 1 Sébastien Lacour 1
1 PARIS - Programming distributed parallel systems for large scale numerical simulation
IRISA - Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoires, ENS Cachan - École normale supérieure - Cachan, Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique
Abstract : We consider the design of DSM consitency protocols for hierachical architectures. Such architectures typically consist of a constellation of loosely-interconnected clusters, each cluster consisting of a set of tightly-interconnected nodes running multithreaded programs. We claim that high performance can only be reached by taking into account this interconnection hierachy at the very core of the protocol design. Previous work has focused on improving locality in data management by caching remote data within clusters. In contrast, our idea is to improve locality in the synchronization management. We demonstrate the feasibility through an experimental implementation of this idea in a home-based protocol for Release Consistency, and we provide a preliminary evaluation of the expectable performance gain.
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Gabriel Antoniu, Luc Bougé, Sébastien Lacour. Making a DSM Consistency Protocol Hierarchy-Aware: an Efficient Synchronization Scheme. Proc. Workshop on Distributed Shared Memory on Clusters (DSM 2003), May 2003, Tokyo, Japan. pp.516-523, ⟨10.1109/CCGRID.2003.1199409⟩. ⟨inria-00447935⟩

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