Implementation of Scalable Blocking Locks using an Adaptative Thread Scheduler
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Blocking locks are commonly used in parallel programs to improve application performance and system throughput. However, most implementations of such locks suffer from two major problems -- latency and scalability. In this paper, we propose an implementation of blocking locks using scheduler adaptation which exploits the interaction between thread schedulers and locks. By experimentation using well-known multiprocessor applications on a KSR2 multiprocessor, we demonstrate how such an implementation considerably reduces the latency and improves the scalability of blocking locks.