Ritson, Carl G. and Sampson, Adam T. and Barnes, Frederick R.M.
Multicore Scheduling for Lightweight Communicating Processes.
In: Coordination Models and Languages, 11th International Conference, COORDINATION 2009, Lisboa, Portugal, June 9-12, 2009. Proceedings, Jun 09-12, 2009, Lisbon, Portugal.
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Process-oriented programming is a design methodology in which software applications are constructed from communicating concurrent processes. A process-oriented design is typically composed of a large number of small isolated concurrent components. These components allow for the scalable parallel execution of the resulting application on both shared-memory and distributed-memory architectures. In this paper we present a runtime designed to support process-oriented programming by providing lightweight processes and communication primitives. Our run-time scheduler, implemented using lock-free algorithms, automatically executes concurrent components in parallel on multicore systems. Run-time heuristics dynamically group processes into cache-affine work units based on communication patterns. Work units are then distributed via wait-free work-stealing. Initial performance analysis shows that, using the algorithms presented in this paper, process-oriented software can execute with an efficiency approaching that of optimised sequential and coarse-grain threaded designs.
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