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Evaluation of two optimized protocols for sequential consistency

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2 Author(s)
Girard, G. ; Dept. de Math. et d''Inf., Sherbrooke Univ., Que., Canada ; Li, H.F.

Sequential consistency is a well known consistency requirement for distributed shared memory. However, most of the algorithms that implement sequential consistency involve some expensive blocking. We propose algorithms that reduce blocking. First, we propose a synchronous algorithm using a 3-phase protocol and, when it is possible, a more efficient 2-phase protocol. We also propose a semi-synchronous algorithm where all processes can proceed asynchronously until a specific operation, called the flush, is invoked. The processes are then synchronized by this flush at a particular point in space and time. Subsequently, all processes resume their asynchronous progress. Simulation results show significant improvements in performance in our protocols, especially in the case of the semi-synchronous protocol.

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Systems Sciences, 1999. HICSS-32. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on  (Volume:Track8 )

Date of Conference:

5-8 Jan. 1999