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From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-03-26 10:07:21

Yuval Ronen wrote:

> One overhead I can think of is the need to call CloseHandle after the
> WaitForSingleObject, which means another OS call (kernel?). This
> doesn't exist on pthreads where calling pthread_join is enough.

The overhead in this case is not measured in cycles or kernel transitions
(remember that you called a blocking function because you have nothing
better to do with the CPU). It's measured in kernel objects; these come from
the nonpaged pool and are a (relatively) limited resource. Since (today) a
cv under Windows is usually ~3 kernel objects, a mutex one more, adding a
mutex+cv to every thread increases its kernel footprint five times.

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