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Subject: Re: [boost] Fw: [atomic] review results
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-11-08 07:20:38

Helge Bahmann wrote:
> Tim Blechmann wrote:
> > > this could be avoided by using
> > > boost::interprocess::atomic<>, which will associate a
> > > spinlock with each instance ... or by using std::atomic on
> > > c++11 compilers.
> While this problem is definitely an argument in favour of
> embedding the spinlock into each atomic, I am still concerned
> as this introduces incompatibility with std::atomic
> implementations which may eventually bite someone hard (data
> structure size, expectations -- changing boost to "using
> std::atomic" might have grave consequences, and it's a
> transition path I would like to keep open)

You could just conditionally compile two choices when a platform's support is insufficient: a potentially incompatible implementation or nothing. If a user selects the latter, they may choose to use boost::interprocess::atomic instead. You might also provide the incompatible implementation via a distinct name in the latter case so the user could choose that instead.

Rob Stewart robert.stewart_at_[hidden]
Software Engineer using std::disclaimer;
Dev Tools & Components
Susquehanna International Group, LLP


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