FlexQueue: Simple and Efficient Priority Queue for System Software
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Existing studies of priority queue implementations often focus on improving canonical operations such as insert and deleteMin, while sacrificing design simplicity and pre- dictable worst-case latency. Design simplicity is sacrificed as the algorithm becomes more and more optimized, taking into account characteristics of the input workload distribution. Predictable worst-case latency is sacrificed when operations such as memory allocation and structural re-organization are deferred until absolutely necessary. While these techniques often yield performance improvement to some degree, it is possible to take a step back and ask a more basic question: is it possible to achieve similar performance while retaining a simple design? By combining techniques such as hierarchical bit-vector and dynamic horizon resizing, all of which are straight-forward in principle, this thesis presents a new priority queue design called FlexQueue, that answers this question with a definitive “yes”.
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Yifan Zhang (2018). FlexQueue: Simple and Efficient Priority Queue for System Software. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/13316