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Subject: Re: [boost] [gsoc-2013] Boost.Thread/ThreadPool project
From: Niall Douglas (ndouglas_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-05-02 12:01:47

> > I have just read N3388 - Using Asio with C++11 and a think I start to
> > understand the ASIO design.
> > Could we say the completion handlers are continuations?
> > And that the user use to master which thread executes the continuation
> > calling the io_service::run() function?
> Pretty much, except that multiple threads can call io_service::run
> concurrently. Basically Boost.Asio is a work sharing queue plus a
> collection of waitqueues to wait for specific events.

Far clearer than my explanation. Thanks.

> That's orthogonal. Boost.Asio provides the funding blocks. A nicer
> interface that doesn't require an explicit continuation passing style
> transformation can be built with Boost.Context or a similar library.
> But it probably needs a future implementation that integrates with
> ASIO, which is one of the point of Niall Douglas.

Spot on. Especially as parts of ASIO are due to enter with TR2. I worry that
a thread pool designed without ASIO in mind would become an orphan isolate.


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