Shared Memory Consistency Models: A Tutorial

@article{Adve1996SharedMC,
  title={Shared Memory Consistency Models: A Tutorial},
  author={Sarita V. Adve and Kourosh Gharachorloo},
  journal={IEEE Computer},
  year={1996},
  volume={29},
  pages={66-76}
}
Parallel systems that support the shared memory abstraction are becoming widely accepted in many areas of computing. Writing correct and efficient programs for such systems requires a formal specification of memory semantics, called a memory consistency model. The most intuitive model—sequential consistency—greatly restricts the use of many performance optimizations commonly used by uniprocessor hardware and compiler designers, thereby reducing the benefit of using a multiprocessor. To… CONTINUE READING
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