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On the Power of Multi-Objects
Prasad Jayanti, Sanjay Khanna
Dartmouth PCS-TR97-311

Abstract: In the standard ``single-object'' model of shared-memory computing, it is assumed that a process accesses at most one shared object in each of its steps. In this paper, we consider a more powerful variant---the ``multi-object'' model---in which each process may access *any* finite number of shared objects atomically in each of its steps. We present results that relate the synchronization power of a type in the multi-object model to its synchronization power in the single-object model.

Although the types fetch&add and swap have the same synchronization power in the single-object model, Afek, Merritt, and Taubenfeld showed that their synchronization powers differ in the multi-object model. We prove that this divergence phenomenon is exhibited {\em only\/} by types at levels 1 and 2; all higher level types have the same unbounded synchronization power in the multi-object model stated above.

This paper identifies all possible relationships between a type's synchronization power in the single-object model and its synchronization power in the multi-object model.

Note: Appeared in WDAG 1997, Lecture Notes in Computer Science #1320.

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