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Efficient LowContention Parallel Algorithms
 the 1994 ACM Symp. on Parallel Algorithms and Architectures
, 1994
"... The queueread, queuewrite (qrqw) parallel random access machine (pram) model permits concurrent reading and writing to shared memory locations, but at a cost proportional to the number of readers/writers to any one memory location in a given step. The qrqw pram model reflects the contention prope ..."
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The queueread, queuewrite (qrqw) parallel random access machine (pram) model permits concurrent reading and writing to shared memory locations, but at a cost proportional to the number of readers/writers to any one memory location in a given step. The qrqw pram model reflects the contention properties of most commercially available parallel machines more accurately than either the wellstudied crcw pram or erew pram models, and can be efficiently emulated with only logarithmic slowdown on hypercubetype noncombining networks. This paper describes fast, lowcontention, workoptimal, randomized qrqw pram algorithms for the fundamental problems of load balancing, multiple compaction, generating a random permutation, parallel hashing, and distributive sorting. These logarithmic or sublogarithmic time algorithms considerably improve upon the best known erew pram algorithms for these problems, while avoiding the highcontention steps typical of crcw pram algorithms. An illustrative expe...
Simple Fast Parallel Hashing by Oblivious Execution
 AT&T Bell Laboratories
, 1994
"... A hash table is a representation of a set in a linear size data structure that supports constanttime membership queries. We show how to construct a hash table for any given set of n keys in O(lg lg n) parallel time with high probability, using n processors on a weak version of a crcw pram. Our algo ..."
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A hash table is a representation of a set in a linear size data structure that supports constanttime membership queries. We show how to construct a hash table for any given set of n keys in O(lg lg n) parallel time with high probability, using n processors on a weak version of a crcw pram. Our algorithm uses a novel approach of hashing by "oblivious execution" based on probabilistic analysis to circumvent the parity lower bound barrier at the nearlogarithmic time level. The algorithm is simple and is sketched by the following: 1. Partition the input set into buckets by a random polynomial of constant degree. 2. For t := 1 to O(lg lg n) do (a) Allocate M t memory blocks, each of size K t . (b) Let each bucket select a block at random, and try to injectively map its keys into the block using a random linear function. Buckets that fail carry on to the next iteration. The crux of the algorithm is a careful a priori selection of the parameters M t and K t . The algorithm uses only O(lg lg...