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Subject: Re: [boost] [threadpool] version 22 with default pool
From: Edouard A. (edouard_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-03-08 10:29:05

Hello Oliver,

> I've uploaded a new version of boost-threadpool.
> changes:
> * free-function get_default_pool() returning reference to static pool<
> unbounded_channel< fifo > >
> * task has new function result() returning the internal shared_future
> * future-like functions removed from task
> * boost-threadpool not a header-only library

Unfortunately, I am unable to compile the tp library. TT

default_pool.cpp doesn't compile... I edited it enough to have it compile
but afterward it cannot link with boost thread. I did a work around in
including the .cpp directly into my project but I thought I should let you

struct static_pool
{ static default_pool instance; };

default_pool & get_default_pool()
{ return detail::static_pool::instance; }

By the way, why didn't you write it as:

default_pool & get_default_pool()
        static default_pool
        return instance;

This eliminates the need of a .cpp for default_pool.

Another remark is that I am not sure I understand the raison d'être of the
poolsize type. What is the added value to say, "int" or std::size_t. This
prevents us from writing

default_pool instance(thread::hardware_concurrency());
(Or any other value for that matter)

When scheduling several tasks with submit, I find it odd that I don't have a


that would allow me to wait until all tasks are finished
(condition_variable-like pattern for example).

I'm currently writing a simple parallel_sort for the threadpool library to
deny or confirm Vicente discoveries. A simple parallel_sort where I would
split the input into blocks of size 1000, sort these blocks in parallel and
then merge them (at first in a serial manner, then in a parallel manner,
depending on how much time I can allocate on this task).

Some tests done with parallel "filling" on a concurrent_vector show that tbb
does better but threadpool is not humiliated:

         std::fill reverse 0..1000000 ok : 1000000 elapsed: 0.403
    boost::tp:fill reverse 0..1000000 ok : 1000000 elapsed: 0.274
    tbb::parallel_for fill 0..1000000 ok : 1000000 elapsed: 0.261

Run made on a Q6600, we're not going much faster for hardware reasons I
think, I don't remember exactly the Q6600 architecture but I believe the
four cores don't all get direct memory access (2x2 I think?),
notwithstanding the memory bandwidth limitation.

This is how I implemented tp::fill:

template <typename RandomIterator, typename Value>
void parallel_fill(RandomIterator first, RandomIterator last, Value v)
        typedef typename RandomIterator::difference_type difference_type;

        difference_type n = std::distance(first, last);

        boost::tp::default_pool p(boost::tp::poolsize(4));

        RandomIterator l = first;
        RandomIterator i = l;

        const difference_type block_size = 1000;

        typedef boost::tp::task<void> task_type;

        for(;i != last; l = i)
                std::advance(i, std::min
BOOST_PREVENT_MACRO_SUBSTITUTION(std::distance(i, last), block_size));

                BOOST_ASSERT(l < i);
                BOOST_ASSERT(l != last);
                BOOST_ASSERT(i != first);

                p.submit(boost::bind(&std::fill<RandomIterator, Value>, l,
i, v));


Kind regards.


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