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Computer Engineering Eminent Scholar Seminar: The Selfish Transaction

April 8, 2014 @ 3:55 pm - 5:00 pm

Room 1034 ETB

Andreas Moshovos
University of Toronto

Abstract: Data management systems have evolved into an essential component of numerous applications. Often, they are used to perform “transactional” workloads comprising transactiona, that is, requests that lookup or update information based on some selection criteria, e.g., looking up an account’s balance or purchasing an item. For such systems, the higher the throughput, that is the number of transactions that are serviced per unit of time, the better and often, the more efficient the system.

In this presentation, we will observe how transactions execute on modern hardware and see that transactions operate selfishly. This behavior ends up penalizing all as it thrashes the instruction caches, a key performance enhacing mechanism. We will then identify two cooperative policies that boost throughput. The policies judiciously decide where, when, and for how long transactions should execute.

BIO: Andreas Moshovos teaches computer design at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Toronto. He has also taught at Northwestern University, the University of Athens, and the Hellenic Open University. His work focuses on computer design. He received the SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes award.

Host: Dr. Gratz



April 8, 2014
3:55 pm - 5:00 pm