Brief Announcement: Nonblocking Persistent Software Transactional Memory
While developed largely for higher density and lower power, byte-addressable nonvolatile memory can also allow data to persist across program runs and system crashes without the need to flush to disk or flash. If data is to be recovered after a crash, however, care must be taken to ensure that the contents of memory are consistent at all times. This can be challenging in multithreaded applications with write-back caches. We present QSTM, a persistent word-based software transactional memory (STM) system to address this problem. Unlike past such systems, QSTM is nonblocking and does not require either the modification of target data structures or the use of a wide CAS instruction.