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There are a significant number of Transactional Memory (TM) proposals, varying in almost all aspects of the design space. Although several transactional benchmarks have been suggested, a simple, yet thorough, evaluation framework is still needed to completely characterize a TM system and allow for comparison among the various proposals. Unfortunately, TM system evaluation is difficult because the application characteristics which affect performance are often difficult to isolate from each other. The authors propose a set of orthogonal application characteristics that form a basis for transactional behavior and are useful in fully understanding the performance of a TM system.
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