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Subject: Re: [boost] [RPC] Boost.Asio to write *concurrency ready* code
From: microcai (microcaicai_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-08-28 13:11:02

2013/8/29 Niall Douglas <s_sourceforge_at_[hidden]>:
> On 28 Aug 2013 at 12:48, microcai wrote:
>> After digging into the proposed Boost.Afio library, I am afraid that
>> Boost.Afio *does not* meet my standard of what a *good* library is.
>> Boost.Afio seems to support both async and sync operation, but obversely
>> they failed to design the proper API. Boost.Afio relay on Boost.Asio, but
>> they seems to ignore the elegant Asio Style. They didn't even understand
>> what makes Boost.Asio a good library.
> "They" would be me. I designed the AFIO API. I also implemented most
> of AFIO before the port to Boost by Paul under this year's Google
> Summer of Code funding.
>> A good library is not about good features (although its importand) but
>> about element API.
>> For async file I/O, the asio style API like this
>> boost::asio::fstream file(io_service);
>> file.async_open("test.txt", "r", & handle_open );
>> that is way more powerfull that the complex
>> auto mkfile(dispatcher->file(async_path_op_req(mkdir,
>> "testdir/foo", file_flags::Create|file_flags::ReadWrite)));
>> The api that Boost.Afio choose is too complex yet too stupid.
>> You might argue on me that the job which Boost.Afio tries to solve is
>> complex, but that doesn't be a good excuse to design such stupid API.
>> Boost.Afio is stupid.
> I designed the AFIO API. I also implemented most of AFIO. You are
> therefore implying that I am stupid.

Oh, I am sorry to hear that. Sorry that I didn't notice the fact that
you designed the API.

By saying , Boost.Afio is stupid, I don't mean the author is stupid.
Don't over react.

Most of the time I wrote stupid code. I would be rather happy if some time,
by accident,
I wrote some elegant code.

> You are of course entitled to your opinion, but I would personally
> say that AFIO has an intuitive, Intellisense-friendly, elegant API
> which really leverages C++11 to achieve an ease of programming very
> hard to achieve (with performance) in C++03, and unparalleled
> cleanliness and elegance compared to any other async file i/o
> implementation. For comparison I would refer you to the libuv C
> library which is the nearest equivalent, and to the Windows IOCP
> implementation. I think you will find that AFIO compares *extremely*
> favourably to its nearest equivalents.
> It is more verbose in the single-issue API than it could be, but that
> is because AFIO is 100% a pure asynchronous batch API. The single
> issue APIs quite literally create a batch of one item, and call the
> batch API.
> The reason it is a pure asynchronous batch API is because AFIO is
> designed for exceptional file i/o performance: if you only need to
> write a few files mostly sequentially, STL iostreams are pretty good.
> If you need to scatter gun random writes and reads across dozens of
> files simultaneously and memory mapped file i/o isn't an option, STL
> iostreams - or Boost.Iostreams for that matter - will max out the CPU
> long before maxing out the storage.
> The reason AFIO "ignores the elegant Asio Style" is because the ASIO
> design is intended for non-seekable devices such as sockets and
> pipes. With file i/o, you very specifically need to specify the
> *ordering* *constraints* of reads and writes or else you will lose
> data (equally, not being able to say "I don't care about the commit
> order of this particular batch, so write it as fast as possible" is
> bad for performance). That can be done by hand with ASIO, but it
> involves lots of error and race condition prone verbose ordering
> control logic. AFIO relieves the programmer of all that marshalling
> work: you simply tell AFIO your dependencies, and AFIO figures out
> the ideal execution graph for you.

Have you ever read the Boost.Asio document? Of-course asio supports
seekable devices.

You can write file_services to extent io_services if you want more features.

>> As the "closure execution engine", Boost.Asio already have that, there
>> is absolutly no point in investigating yet another Boost.Asio for what
>> ever reasons.
> I think you don't understand what a closure execution engine does.

Yes, I don't understand what a closure execution engine does by your definition.

But I do understand that, Boost.Asio may not be the same API as that
Microsoft provided,
it does have the most elegant API. It might not have the same feature
set, but , hey , why we should care for that?

> AFIO implements a superset of Microsoft's closure engine (see
> most specifically in the form of dependency tied completions in
> addition to independent completions. Most closure engines presented
> to WG21 to date only implement the latter, mainly because they make
> avoiding race conditions far easier especially if you are maintaining
> Abrahams exception safety guarantees. AFIO gets away with the former
> mainly through being so simple a design I can walk it line by line
> for logic errors, and as of last week I believe it to be now race
> condition free except in the case where one runs out of memory (unit
> testing for that is coming).
> As an example of what AFIO's unusual flexibility makes possible, I
> believe it makes crazy-but-sane ideas like Google's "C++ pipelines"
> (
> very tractable. It ought to be straightforward to combine AFIO and
> Boost.iostreams to implement N3534, though I admit I have no idea if
> performance would be acceptable. It would be extremely cool however.

By saying Boost.Afio's API is stupid, I mean the API encourage bad
programing style, and punish a good programing style.

If you look at the example of Boost.Afio, you feel like to be fucked
by the code.
I like to use stack-less coroutines, but with Boost.Afio, seems to be

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