Scientific Reports:

J. Träff, M. Pöter:
"A more Pragmatic Implementation of the Lock-free, Ordered, Linked List";
Report for CoRR - Computing Research Repository; Report No. arXiv:2010.15755, 2020; 14 pages.

English abstract:
The lock-free, ordered, linked list is an important, standard example of a concurrent data structure. An obvious, practical drawback of textbook implementations is that failed compare-and-swap (CAS) operations lead to retraversal of the entire list (retries), which is particularly harmful for such a linear-time data structure. We alleviate this drawback by first observing that failed CAS operations under some conditions do not require a full retry, and second by maintaining approximate backwards pointers that are used to find a closer starting position in the list for operation retry. Experiments with both a worst-case deterministic benchmark, and a standard, randomized, mixed-operation throughput benchmark on three shared-memory systems (Intel Xeon, AMD EPYC, SPARC-T5) show practical improvements ranging from significant, to dramatic, several orders of magnitude.

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