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"Fences in Weak Memory Models"

We present an axiomatic framework, implemented in Coq, to define weak memory models w.r.t. several parameters: local reorderings of reads and writes, and visibility of inter and intra processor communications through memory, including full store atomicity relaxation. Thereby, we give a formal hierarchy of weak memory models, in which we provide a formal study of what should be the action and placement of fences to restore a given model such as Sequential Consistency from a weaker one. Finally, we provide a tool, diy, that tests a given machine to determine the architecture it exhibits. We detail the results of our experiments on Power and the model we extract from it. This identified an implementation error in Power 5 memory barriers (for which IBM is providing a software workaround); our results also suggest that Power 6 does not suffer from this problem.

Zeit: Montag, 08.02.2010, 14.00 Uhr
Ort: Saarbrücken, Wartburg, Raum 410
Hinweis: Der Vortrag wird live nach Kaiserslautern Gebäude 49, Raum 206 übertragen.