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Contextual Concurrency Control

Series: Department Seminar

Speaker: Prof. Sanidhya Kashyap EPFL, Switzerland

Date/Time: May 11 14:30:00

Location: CSA Seminar Hall (Room No. 254, First Floor)

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Kernel synchronization primitives are of paramount importance to achieving good performance and scalability for applications. However, they are usually invisible and out of the reach of application developers. Instead, kernel developers and synchronization experts make all the decisions regarding kernel lock design. In this talk, I will propose a paradigm, called contextual concurrency control (C3), that enables applications to tune concurrency control in the kernel. C3 allows developers to change the behavior and parameters of kernel locks, to switch between different lock implementations and to dynamically profile one or multiple locks for a specific scenario of interest. This approach opens up a plethora of opportunities to fine-tune concurrency control mechanisms on the fly.

Speaker Bio:
Sanidhya Kashyap is a systems researcher and an assistant professor at the EPFL School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC). His research focuses on designing systems software that are performant and robust for heterogeneous hardware. He is broadly interested in the area of systems with a particular focus on operating systems, concurrency, storage, scheduling, data analytics, and robustness.

Host Faculty: Arkaprava Basu