Alexandro Baldassin

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Building applications that are responsive and can exploit parallel hardware while remaining simple to write, understand, test, and maintain, poses an important challenge for developers. In particular, it is often desirable to enable various tasks to read or modify shared data concurrently without requiring complicated locking schemes that may throttle(More)
Although dynamic memory management accounts for a significant part of the execution time on many modern software systems, its impact on the performance of transactional memory systems has been mostly overlooked. In order to shed some light into this subject, this paper conducts a thorough investigation of the interplay between memory allocators and software(More)
Software Transactional Memory (STM) systems have poor performance under high contention scenarios. Since many transactions compete for the same data, most of them are aborted, wasting processor runtime. Contention management policies are typically used to avoid that, but they are passive approaches as they wait for an abort to happen so they can take(More)
Transactional memory (TM) is an emerging synchronization mechanism that aims to solve most of the difficulties inherent in lock-based approaches. TM implementations may either rely on special hardware (HTM) or employ a software-only (STM) technique. While STM can be implemented and evaluated in current machines, HTM requires hardware modification and a(More)
Traditional software transactional memory designs are targeted towards performance and therefore little is known about their impact on energy consumption. We provide, in this paper, a comprehensive energy analysis of a standard STM design and propose novel scratchpad-based energy-aware STM design strategies. Experimental results collected through a(More)
Electronic system level (ESL) modeling allows early hardware-dependent software (HDS) development. Due to broad CPU diversity and shrinking time-to-market, HDS development can neither rely on hand-retargeting binary tools, nor can it rely on pre-existent tools within standard packages. As a consequence, binary utilities which can be easily adapted to new(More)
In this paper, we extend the ArchC language with new constructs to describe the assembly language syntax and operand encoding of an instruction set architecture. Based on the extended language we have created a tool which can automatically generate assemblers. Our tool uses the GNU Binutils framework in order to produce the assembler, generating the(More)
The well-known drawbacks imposed by lock-based synchronization have forced researchers to devise new alternatives for concurrent execution, of which transactional memory is a promising one. Extensive research has been carried out on software transaction memory (STM), most of all concentrated on program performance, leaving unattended other metrics of great(More)
Transactional memory (TM) is a new synchronization mechanism devised to simplify parallel programming, thereby helping programmers to unleash the power of current multicore processors. Although software implementations of TM (STM) have been extensively analyzed in terms of runtime performance, little attention has been paid to an equally important(More)