International Symposium on Distributed Computing

Distributed Computing pp 341-355

Analyzing the Performance of Lock-Free Data Structures: A Conflict-Based Model

Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-48653-5_23

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9363)
Cite this paper as:
Atalar A., Renaud-Goud P., Tsigas P. (2015) Analyzing the Performance of Lock-Free Data Structures: A Conflict-Based Model. In: Moses Y. (eds) Distributed Computing. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9363. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


This paper considers the modeling and the analysis of the performance of lock-free concurrent data structures that can be represented as linear combinations of fixed size retry loops.

Our main contribution is a new way of modeling and analyzing a general class of lock-free algorithms, achieving predictions of throughput that are close to what we observe in practice. We emphasize two kinds of conflicts that shape the performance: (i) hardware conflicts, due to concurrent calls to atomic primitives; (ii) logical conflicts, caused by concurrent operations on the shared data structure.

We propose also a common framework that enables a fair comparison between lock-free implementations by covering the whole contention domain, and comes with a method for calculating a good back-off strategy.

Our experimental results, based on a set of widely used concurrent data structures and on abstract lock-free designs, show that our analysis follows closely the actual code behavior.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aras Atalar
    • 1
  • Paul Renaud-Goud
    • 1
  • Philippas Tsigas
    • 1
  1. 1.Chalmers University of TechnologyGothenburgSweden

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