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Synchronization, coherence, and event ordering in multiprocessors

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3 Author(s)
Dubois, Michel ; Comput. Res. Inst., Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA ; Scheurich, C. ; Briggs, F.A.

The problems addressed apply to both throughput-oriented and speedup-oriented multiprocessor systems, either at the user level or the operating-system level. basic definitions are provided. Communication and synchronization are briefly explained, and hardware-level and software-level synchronization mechanisms are discussed. The cache coherence problem is examined, and solutions are described. Strong and weak ordering of events is considered. The user interface is discussed.<>

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Computer  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

Feb. 1988

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