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Transactional Coherence and Consistency
Transactional Coherence and Consistency (TCC) offers a way to simplify parallel programming by executing all code in transactions. In TCC systems, transactions serve as the fundamental unit of parallel work, communication and coherence. As each transaction completes, it writes all of its newly produced state to shared memory atomically, while restarting other processors that have speculatively read from modified data. With this mechanism, a TCC-based system automatically handles data synchronization correctly, without programmer intervention. To gain the benefits of TCC, programs must be decomposed into transactions. Decomposing a program into transactions is largely a matter of performance tuning rather than correctness, and that a few basic transaction programming optimization techniques are sufficient to obtain good performance over a wide range of applications with little programmer effort.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0444470.