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 +==== Evaluation of Software Transactional Memory Algorithms (Master project) ====
 +=== Introduction:​ Software Transactional Memory ===
 +Multi-core processors are already in laptops, and multi-processor
 +systems are already outside server rooms. And, in fact, hardware
 +manufacturers predict that more and more processing units will be packed
 +into even ordinary computers. The problem is that to exploit the power
 +of the new systems, we will need to make more applications
 +multi-threaded. This means that even ordinary programmers will have to
 +deal with concurrent programming,​ which is hard and error-prone.
 +Software transactional memory (STM) is a new method of concurrent
 +programming that makes implementing scalable, thread-safe data
 +structures easier than it can be done with lock-based techniques
 +(monitors, mutexes, etc.). It is said to be multi-threading for the
 +masses, and the future of concurrent programming.
 +=== Goals of the Project ===
 +The project would consist of:
 +  - Evaluating known STM algorithms using realistic workloads (e.g., the STMBench7 benchmark).
 +  - Discovering limitations and trade-offs of these STM algorithms, as well as of the workloads/​benchmarks and (possibly) the multi-processor hardware used in the evaluation.
 +  - Given the results, experimenting with hybrid and adaptive approaches (or other ideas) that could possibly be more suitable for general applications.
 +=== Technical Details ===
 +**Responsible:​** [[http://​lpd.epfl.ch/​kapalka|Michal Kapalka]] (firstname.lastname@epfl.ch)
 +**Faculty/​laboratory:​** IC/LPD
 +**Programming language:** Java and/or C/C++