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  • Detecting data races in parallel programs is important for both software development and production-run diagnosis. Recently, there have been several proposals for hardware-assisted data race detection. Such proposals typically modify the L1 cache and cache coherence protocol messages, and largely lose their capability when lines get displaced or invalidated from the cache. To avoid these shortcomings, this paper proposes a novel approach to hardware-assisted data race detection. The approach, called SigRace, relies on hardware address signatures. As a processor runs, the addresses of the data that it accesses are automatically encoded in signatures. At certain times, the signatures are automatically passed to a hardware module that intersects them with those of other processors. If the intersection is not null, a data race may have occurred. This paper presents the architecture of SigRace, an implementation, and its software interface. With SigRace, caches and coherence protocol messages are unmodified. Moreover, cache lines can be displaced and invalidated with no effect. Our experiments show that SigRace is significantly more effective than a state-of-the-art conventional hardware-assisted race detector. SigRace finds on average 29% more static races and 107% more dynamic races. Moreover, if we inject data races, SigRace finds 150% more static races than the conventional scheme. Copyright 2009 ACM.

name of conference

  • the 36th annual international symposium

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the 36th annual international symposium on Computer architecture - ISCA '09

author list (cited authors)

  • Muzahid, A., Suárez, D., Qi, S., & Torrellas, J.

citation count

  • 73

complete list of authors

  • Muzahid, Abdullah||Suárez, Dario||Qi, Shanxiang||Torrellas, Josep

publication date

  • January 2009