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Compile/run-time support for thread migration

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2 Author(s)
Hai Jiang ; Inst. for Sci. Comput., Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI, USA ; Chaudhary, V.

Describes a generic mechanism to migrate threads in heterogeneous distributed environments. To maintain high portability and flexibility, thread migration is implemented at the language level. At compile-time, a pre-processor scans the C and C++ programs to build the thread state, detects possible thread migration points and transforms the source code accordingly. Run-time support helps to migrate the threads physically. Since the physical thread state is transformed into a logical form, and pointers and dynamically-allocated memory in a heap are supported, the proposed solution places no restriction on thread types and migration-enabled systems. We implemented this approach in Strings, a multithreaded-software distributed shared memory system. Some microbenchmarks and performance measurements on the SPLASH-2 suite are reported.

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Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium., Proceedings International, IPDPS 2002, Abstracts and CD-ROM

Date of Conference:

15-19 April 2001

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