A Study of Wait-Free Hierarchies in Concurrent Systems


An assignment of wait-free consensus numbers to object types results in a wait-free hierarchy. Herlihy was the rst to propose such a hierarchy, but Jayanti noted that Herlihy's hierarchy was not robust. Jayanti posed as open questions the robust-ness of a hierarchy he deened and the existence of a robust, wait-free hierarchy. In this paper, we examine a number of object parameters that may impact on a hierarchy's robustness. In addition, we study a subset of Jayanti's hierarchy introduced by Afek, Weisberger, and Weisman called common2 and extend this subset to include the seemingly powerful 2-bounded peek-queue. Finally, we introduce a property called commonness and examine its applications to wait-free hierarchies and their robustness.

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@inproceedings{McCrickard1994ASO, title={A Study of Wait-Free Hierarchies in Concurrent Systems}, author={D. Scott McCrickard}, year={1994} }