Avoiding Publication and Privatization Problems on Software Transactional Memory

Authors Holger Machens, Volker Turau

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Holger Machens
Volker Turau

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Holger Machens and Volker Turau. Avoiding Publication and Privatization Problems on Software Transactional Memory. In 17th GI/ITG Conference on Communication in Distributed Systems (KiVS 2011). Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 17, pp. 97-108, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2011)


This paper presents a new approach to exclude problems arising from dynamically switching between protected concurrent and unprotected single-threaded use of shared data when using software transactional memory in OO languages such as Java. The approach is based on a simple but effective programming model separating transactions from non-transactional operation. It prevents the application programmer from errors but does not force the software transactional memory library to observe non-transactional access and thereby preserves modularity of the software. A prototypical toolchain for validation and source code instrumentation was implemented as a proof of concept.
  • Software Transactional Memory
  • Publication
  • Privatization


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