Software Transactional Memory is a concept which offers many advantages when writing concurrent code. Most importantly, it removes the burden of writing correct multi-threaded code from the programmer, allowing her to focus more on the logic of the problem domain. STM will automatically take care of correctness. However, this comes with a cost – the bookkeeping. Tracking every access to a transactional field in order to properly detect and resolve conflicts introduces a cost penalty. But, at the same time, it also introduces the possibility to create and expose to the programmer some very interesting new semantics.
Apr 13, 14