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Re: Concurrent trie-hash map

> On Oct 16, 2018, at 1:00 PM, Mindaugas Rasiukevicius <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I recently implemented thmap [1] -- a concurrent trie-hash map, combining
> the elements of hashing and radix trie.  It is supports lock-free lookups
> and concurrent inserts/deletes.  It is designed to be optimal as a general
> purpose *concurrent* associative array [2][3].

I think this is a great thing to add to kern/ as a general facility.  There are applications beyond just the network stack, as well -- any read-mostly hash table that has a lock or an array-of-locks around it is a good candidate for being replaced by this.

We already have some objects in the kernel that use the "get-ref" / "put-ref" pattern for indicating they are being referenced; this is ideal for hooking in your G/C mechanism.  We should probably, as a separate exercise, extend that pattern to most of the objects managed in our kernel (even if the put-ref is a no-op).

-- thorpej

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