Repairing Sequential Consistency in C/C++11
The C/C++11 memory model defines the semantics of concurrent memory accesses in C/C++, and in particular supports racy “atomic” accesses at a range of different consistency levels, from very weak consistency (“relaxed”) to strong, sequential consistency (“SC”). Unfortunately, as we observe in this paper, the semantics of SC atomic accesses in C/C++11, as well as in all proposed strengthenings of the semantics, is flawed, in that both suggested compilation schemes to Power are unsound. We propose a better semantics for SC accesses that restores the soundness of the compilation schemes to Power, maintains the DRF-SC guarantee, and provides stronger, more useful, guarantees to SC fences. In addition, we formally prove, for the first time, the correctness of the proposed stronger compilation schemes to Power that preserve load-to-store ordering and avoid “thin-air” reads.
Tue 20 Jun
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Juneyoung Lee, Yoonseung Kim, Youngju Song, Chung-Kil Hur, Sanjoy Das, David Majnemer, John Regehr, Nuno P. LopesMedia Attached