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Improving performance of load-store sequences for transaction processing workloads on multiprocessors

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2 Author(s)
Nilsson, J. ; Dept. of Comput. Eng., Chalmers Univ. of Technol., Goteborg, Sweden ; Dahlgren, F.

On-line transaction processing exhibits poor memory behavior in high-end multiprocessor servers because of complex sharing patterns and substantial interaction between the database server and the operating system. One contributing source is a large amount of load-store sequences in the program, resulting in many read misses as well as much global invalidation traffic. In this paper, we characterize the nature of these load-store sequences, and analyze contributing code- and data structures in the database handler, operating system, and system libraries. We explore two conceptually different approaches for detecting load-store sequences; data-centric and instruction-centric, and the goal is to load the cache block exclusively already at the load instruction so that the store instruction can perform locally. Our results were obtained using program-driven simulation of a TPC-B based workload on a four-node multiprocessor. The results show that there is a substantial amount of load-store sequences in the database handler, the operating system, and in system libraries, and about 40% of all global writes belong to such sequences. Even though the techniques were able to reduce the execution time for the application by up to 10%, the complex behavior of the database workload reduced the effectiveness of traditional optimization techniques for migratory sharing

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Parallel Processing, 1999. Proceedings. 1999 International Conference on

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