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From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-02-11 13:18:32

From: "Wyss, Felix" <felixw_at_[hidden]>
> > I'd love to simply use a pthread_mutex/CRITICAL_SECTION (a critical
> > is a 'foolproof spinlock', it spins for a while, then falls back to a
> > but people were (are) concerned about their efficiency.
> That is correct, but the Win32 CRITICAL_SECTION structure uses 24 bytes
compared to 4 bytes for a simple atomic-exchange based spin-lock. As for
efficiency: unless there is a lot of contention, I would expect two atomic
exchanges to incur the same overhead as two atomic increment/decrement
operations (as in the current implementation of counted_base).

If that's true, why do people bother with critical sections and pthread
mutexes instead of simply using spinlocks? :-)

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