Time+Place: Sunday 03/01/2016 14:30 Room 337-8 Taub Bld.
Title: Improving Parallel Programs with Architectural Insights
Speaker: Adam Morrison - CS-Lecture http://www.cs.technion.ac.il/~mad/
Affiliation: Postdoc at the Technion, CS Dept.
Host: Keren Censor-Hillel


Developers and researchers design parallel systems and concurrent 
algorithms using models---both formal and mental---that abstract away 
details of the underlying hardware.  In practice, however, these hidden 
hardware/software interactions often have a dominating impact on 
performance.  In this talk, I will show how understanding the interplay 
between hardware and software can lead to more efficient program 
execution and better algorithms, which are achieved through more precise 
models and architectural changes:

(1) I will show how understanding the implementation of the x86 
processors' total store ordering (TSO) memory model enables designing a 
fence-free work stealing algorithm, which was thought to be impossible.

(2) I will describe how insights on the way software uses atomic memory 
operations lead to a novel hardware architecture design, which 
parallelizes the execution of certain atomic synchronization 
instructions instead of serializing them.

Short Bio:

Adam Morrison is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Technion---Israel 
Institute of Technology.  His research focuses on building efficient 
infrastructure for multicore architectures.  He completed a PhD in CS at 
Tel Aviv University, during which he was awarded an IBM PhD Fellowship 
as well as Intel and Deutsch prizes.