Distributed Shared Memory: Concepts and Systems

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John Wiley & Sons, 1998 - Computers - 365 pages
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Presents a survey of both distributed shared memory (DSM) efforts and commercial DSM systems. Distributed Shared Memory discusses relevant issues that make DSM concepts one of the most attractive approaches for building large-scale, high-performance multiprocessor systems. The book provides a general introduction to the DSM field as well as a broad survey of the basic DSM concepts, mechanisms, design issues, and systems.

Distributed Shared Memory: Concepts and Systems concentrates on basic DSM algorithms, their enhancements, and their performance evaluation. In addition, it details implementations that employ DSM solutions at the software and hardware level. The authors deliver a research and development reference that provides state-of-the-art information that will be useful to architects, designers, and programmers of DSM systems.


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Editors Introduction
An Introduction to Distributed Shared Memory Concepts
A Survey of Issues and Algorithms
Distributed Shared Memory Algorithms
An Analysis of Distributed Shared Memory Algorithms
Competitive Management of Distributed Shared Memory
Memory Consistency Models
Lazy Release Consistency for Software Distributed Shared Memory
Distributed Programming with Shared Data
Heterogeneous Distributed Shared Memory
Distributed Shared Memory on Standard Workstations
FineGrain Access Control for Distributed Shared Memory
at the Hardware Level
The Stanford Dash Multiprocessor
Scaling to HighPerformance Systems
Bridging the Gap Between Shared Memory and MPPs

The Midway Distributed Shared Memory System
Distributed Shared Memory Implementations
A Shared Virtual Memory System for Parallel Computing
Implementation and Performance of Munin
A Coherent Distributed Shared Memory Design
An Implementation of Distributed Shared Memory
Linda and Friends
DDMA CacheOnly Memory Architecture
A Superglue for Multicomputer Systems
A Simulation Study of HardwareOriented DSM Approaches
Distributed Shared Memory
Performance and Cost

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About the author (1998)

Jelica Protic is currently with the department of computer engineering, School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslaviqa, where she received her BS and MS in computer engineering in 1987 and 1994, respectively. From 1987 to 1990 she was with the LOLA Institute, where she has been involved in a project of networking programmable logical controllers using a DSM-like paradigm. Shared-memory multiprocessors, distributed computing, local area networks, and system software in general are her current research interests. Distributed shared memory is her primary field of interest; together with the same coauthors she presented several preconference tutorials on this subject, and she is currently in the final phase of finishing her PhD thesis in this field. (Protic's home page: hhtp: //ubbg.etf.bg.ac.yu/ jeca/)

Milo Tomasevic is currently with the department of computer engineering, School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He received his BS in electrical engineering, and MS and PhD in computer engineering, from the University of Belgrade, in 1980, 1984, and 1992, respectively. Previously he was with the Pupin Institute, Belgrade, where he was involved in several large research projects. His PhD research dealt with the Cache coherence problem in shared-memory multiprocessors. His current research interests cover computer architecture, especially parallel and distributed systems. He has received awards for some of his conference papers. (Tomasevic's home page: http: //ubbg.etf.bg.ac.yu/ etomasev/)

Veljko Milutinovic (Senior Member, IEEE) received the PhD. Degree from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1982. He has been on the faculty of the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia since 1990. Prior to that, he was a faculty member of the School of Electrical Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. His R&D results include a commercial 16-node MISD machine for DFT processing developed at IMP, the architecture of an early 200-MHz RISC microprocessor for RCA, several multimedia PC-oriented multiprocessor concept for NCR, and several DSM system-level solutions for Encore. He has been actively researching distributed shared memory computing since the early 1990s, when he was a part of the team that developed a board that turns a personal computer into a DSM node based on the reflective memory approach. He has authored more than 50 papers in IEEE periodicals and presented more than 200 invited lectures worldwide. His work has been extensively referenced in textbooks on computer architectures. (Milutinovic's home page: http: //ubbg.etf.bg.ac.yu/ emilutiv/)

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