Best Paper Award for Rachid Guerraoui and Alexsandar Dragojevic

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Prof. Rachid Guerraoui from the Distributed Programming Laboratory and his former PhD student Alexsandar Dragojevic won the Best Paper Award at the ACM Middleware 2012 Conference in Montreal for their paper: Unifying Thread-Level Speculation and Transactional Memory.

The paper presents an original way to exploit the multiplicity of processors in modern architectures by combining, for the first time, the notions of transactional memory and thread-level speculation.

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