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Subject: Re: [boost] boost.atomic and boost.lockfree backports
From: Cory Nelson (phrosty_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-05-30 11:17:51

On Mon, May 30, 2011 at 6:26 AM, Tim Blechmann <tim_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> * afaict, the dequeue will only be lockfree on non-ancient x86-64 architectures,
> supporting 16byte CAS ... no ppc/x86 ... probably no mips/alpha. therefore a
> fixed-sized version of the algorithm will probably be very useful, using integer
> indices instead of pointers ...

At least on Windows, you can use the high 20 bits of a 64-bit pointer
as an ABA counter. This is what Windows' own lock-free stack
(InterlockedPushEntrySList) does. Even so, a fixed-size version of
the algorithm would still have its uses.

Cory Nelson

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