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From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-03-19 17:08:55

Sohail Somani wrote:

> Aside: Why do you want to bring pthreads into the mix?

Couple of reasons.

1. Some C++ committee members would like to see a C/C++ API instead of pure
C++. This is important for mixed C/C++ code, but there's also the fact that
the C committee is also looking at threading and will likely evaluate
whatever is adopted by the C++ standard for eventual inclusion into C.

2. We need some platform abstraction layer. The usual approach has been to
target Windows and Pthreads. I believe that writing a Pthread implementation
for Windows once is a better option; this allows the higher level C++ API to
only target a single abstract platform (arguably designed by the best in the
field) and is (in my opinion) more maintainable in the long run.

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