MIT has an easier way for multicore chips to use data structures

by davebarclay1954

Very clever way to resolve a problem with multiple core processor.

Gigaom

A group of researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have discovered a way for data structures to work more efficiently with mutlicore chips, according to an MIT announcement on Friday. The scientists will present their findings in February during the Association for Computing Machinery’s Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming.

Although hardware developers have been boosting the speed of computer chips by adding more cores and processing power (this also led to rise of multicore programming a few years back), it’s been challenging for researchers to scale out some data structures along with the multiple cores.

At the center of the MIT team’s research are a type of data structure known as priority queues, which are used for applications like data compression, network scheduling and simulating events. This type of data structure is used to designate data items and jobs based on importance so…

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