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Reducing Hot-Spot Contention in Shared Memory Multiprocessor Systems

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Executive Summary

In parallel systems it is possible for several processors to request concurrent access to a shared data structure such as a synchronization variable. Such an access pattern causes what is known as hotspot contention. In shared-memory multiprocessor systems that use a multistage interconnection network, hot-spot contention may result in \"Tree saturation\" that degrades the system performance. It is important, therefore, to manage hot-spot contention properly. This paper reviews the existing strategies to reduce the effects of hot-spot contention.

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