The lock-free k-LSM relaxed priority queue
Paper in proceedings, 2015
We present a new, concurrent, lock-free priority queue that relaxes the delete-min operation to allow deletion of any of the ρ+1 smallest keys instead of only a minimal one, where ρ is a parameter that can be configured at runtime. It is built from a logarithmic number of sorted arrays, similar to log-structured merge-trees (LSM). For keys added and removed by the same thread the behavior is identical to a non-relaxed priority queue. We compare to state-of-the-art lock-free priority queues with both relaxed and non-relaxed semantics, showing high performance and good scalability of our approach.
Concurrent data structure relaxation