Designing Far Memory Data Structures: Think Outside the Box

17th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems (HotOS) |

Organized by ACM

Technologies like RDMA and Gen-Z, which give access to memory outside the box, are gaining in popularity. These technologies provide the abstraction of far memory, where memory is attached to the network and can be accessed by remote processors without mediation by a local processor. Unfortunately, far memory is hard to use because existing data structures are mismatched to it. We argue that we need new data structures for far memory, borrowing techniques from concurrent data structures and distributed systems. We examine the requirements of these data structures and show how to realize them using simple hardware extensions