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MemoDyn: Exploiting Weakly Consistent Data Structures for Dynamic Parallel Memoization

27th IEEE International Conference on Parallel Architecture and Compilation Techniques (PACT) (2018)


Several classes of algorithms for combinatorial search and optimization problems employ memoization data structures to speed up their serial convergence. However, accesses to these data structures impose dependences that obstruct program parallelization. Such programs often continue to function correctly even when queries into these data structures return a partial view of their contents. Weakening the consistency of these data structures can unleash new parallelism opportunities, potentially at the cost of additional computation. These opportunities must, therefore, be carefully exploited for overall speedup. This paper presents MEMODYN, a framework for parallelizing loops that access data structures with weakly consistent semantics. MEMODYN provides programming abstractions to express weak semantics, and consists of a parallelizing compiler and a runtime system that automatically and adaptively exploit the semantics for optimized parallel execution. Evaluation of MEMODYN shows that it achieves efficient parallelization, providing significant improvements over competing techniques in terms of both runtime performance and solution quality.

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