A unified theory of shared memory consistency

@article{Steinke2004AUT,
  title={A unified theory of shared memory consistency},
  author={Robert C. Steinke and Gary J. Nutt},
  journal={J. ACM},
  year={2004},
  volume={51},
  pages={800-849}
}
The traditional assumption about memory is that a read returns the value written by the most recent write. However, in a shared memory multiprocessor several processes independently and simultaneously submit reads and writes resulting in a partial order of memory operations. In this partial order, the definition of most recent write may be ambiguous. Memory consistency models have been developed to specify what values may be returned by a read given that memory operations may only be partially… CONTINUE READING

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