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Software Programming Research Promises Faster Applications

Apr 06, 2010, 18:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas Claburn)

"A paper to be presented later this month at the IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia, describes a new approach to memory management that allows software applications to run up to 20% faster on multicore processors.

""MMT: Exploiting Fine-Grained Parallelism in Dynamic Memory Management," co-authored by North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers Devesh Tiwari, Sanghoon Lee, James Tuck, and Yan Solihin, proposes "a new approach for accelerating dynamic memory management on multicore architecture, by offloading dynamic management functions to a separate thread that we refer to as memory management thread (MMT).

"Multicore processors are now the norm in the computer industry, but many programmers have yet to learn how best to write programs that process data in parallel using all of the processor cores at once."

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