An empirical guide to the behavior and use of scalable persistent memory

An empirical guide to the behavior and use of scalable persistent memory, Yang et al., FAST'20 We've looked at multiple papers exploring non-volatile main memory and its implications (e.g. most recently 'Efficient lock-free durable sets'). One thing they all had in common is an evaluation using some kind of simulation of the expected behaviour of ... Continue Reading

Compress objects, not cache lines: an object-based compressed memory hierarchy

Compress objects, not cache lines: an object-based compressed memory hierarchy Tsai & Sanchez, ASPLOS'19 Last time out we saw how Google have been able to save millions of dollars though memory compression enabled via zswap. One of the important attributes of their design was easy and rapid deployment across an existing fleet. Today’s paper introduces ... Continue Reading

Analytics with smart arrays: adaptive and efficient language-independent data

Analytics with smart arrays: adaptive and efficient language-independent data Psaroudakis et al., EuroSys'18 (If you don’t have ACM Digital Library access, the paper can be accessed either by following the link above directly from The Morning Paper blog site). We’re going lower-level today, with a look at some work on adaptive data structures by Oracle. ... Continue Reading