Against lock-based semantics for transactional memory

@inproceedings{Luchangco2008AgainstLS,
  title={Against lock-based semantics for transactional memory},
  author={Victor Luchangco},
  booktitle={SPAA},
  year={2008}
}
In this position paper, I argue that transactional memory should not be specified in terms of locks. In particular, the semantics of transactional memory in the face of nontransactional access, weak memory consistency guarantees and compiler transformations should not be determined by the behaviors exhibited by lock-based implementations. Specifying transactional behavior in terms of locks would repeat mistakes made in the database community and likely result in specifications as inscrutable to… CONTINUE READING

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