Nov 4 – 8, 2019
Adelaide Convention Centre
Australia/Adelaide timezone

Concurrent data structures in the ATLAS offline software

Nov 4, 2019, 2:00 PM
Riverbank R2 (Adelaide Convention Centre)

Riverbank R2

Adelaide Convention Centre

Oral Track 5 – Software Development Track 5 – Software Development


Scott Snyder (Brookhaven National Laboratory (US))


In preparation for Run 3 of the LHC, the ATLAS experiment is modifying its offline software to be fully multithreaded. An important part of this is data structures that can be efficiently and safely concurrently accessed from many threads. A standard way of achieving this is through mutual exclusion; however, the overhead from this can sometimes be excessive. Fully lockless implementations are known for some data structures; however, they are typically complex, and the overhead they require can sometimes be larger than that required for locking implementations. An interesting compromise is to allow lockless access only for reading but not for writing. This often allows the data structures to be much simpler, while still giving good performance for read-mostly access patterns. This talk will show some examples of this strategy in data structures used by the ATLAS offline software. It will also give examples of synchronization strategies inspired by read-copy-update, as well as helpers for memoizing values in a multithreaded environment.

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Scott Snyder (Brookhaven National Laboratory (US))

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