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DOI: 10.4230/LIPIcs.DISC.2018.49
URN: urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-98381
URL: https://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2018/9838/
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Gokhale, Shreyas ; Mittal, Neeraj

Brief Announcement: Fast and Scalable Group Mutual Exclusion

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Abstract

The group mutual exclusion (GME) problem is a generalization of the classical mutual exclusion problem in which every critical section is associated with a type or session. Critical sections belonging to the same session can execute concurrently, whereas critical sections belonging to different sessions must be executed serially. The well-known read-write mutual exclusion problem is a special case of the group mutual exclusion problem.
In a shared memory system, locks based on traditional mutual exclusion or its variants are commonly used to manage contention among processes. In concurrent algorithms based on fine-grained synchronization, a single lock is used to protect access to a small number of shared objects (e.g., a lock for every tree node) so as to minimize contention window. Evidently, a large number of shared objects in the system would translate into a large number of locks. Also, when fine-grained synchronization is used, most lock accesses are expected to be uncontended in practice.
Most existing algorithms for the solving the GME problem have high space-complexity per lock. Further, all algorithms except for one have high step-complexity in the uncontented case. This makes them unsuitable for use in concurrent algorithms based on fine-grained synchronization. In this work, we present a novel GME algorithm for an asynchronous shared-memory system that has O(1) space-complexity per GME lock when the system contains a large number of GME locks as well as O(1) step-complexity when the system contains no conflicting requests.

BibTeX - Entry

@InProceedings{gokhale_et_al:LIPIcs:2018:9838,
  author =	{Shreyas Gokhale and Neeraj Mittal},
  title =	{{Brief Announcement: Fast and Scalable Group Mutual Exclusion}},
  booktitle =	{32nd International Symposium on Distributed Computing  (DISC 2018)},
  pages =	{49:1--49:3},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-092-7},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2018},
  volume =	{121},
  editor =	{Ulrich Schmid and Josef Widder},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2018/9838},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-98381},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.DISC.2018.49},
  annote =	{Keywords: Group Mutual Exclusion, Fine-Grained Synchronization, Space Complexity, Contention-Free Step Complexity}
}

Keywords: Group Mutual Exclusion, Fine-Grained Synchronization, Space Complexity, Contention-Free Step Complexity
Collection: 32nd International Symposium on Distributed Computing (DISC 2018)
Issue Date: 2018
Date of publication: 04.10.2018


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