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Subject: Re: [boost] Boost.Thread project for GSoC 2014
From: Haoyue Wang (whyzidane_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-03-07 00:16:09

Hi Vicente,

Thanks for your detailed reply. Here is some more background about me.

>Are you familiar with thread-safe lock based data-structures?
Yes. I am comfortable with the implementation and usage of thread-safe lock
based data structures such as queue, stack, list, and map.
>lock-free data structures?
No. But I can learn <atomic> quickly.
Is lock-free data structures going to be used a lot for this project?
>Which compiler(s) are you using?
gcc 4.8/Apple LLVM version 5.0
>Which platform(s)?
Linux/Mac OS X
> Do you use already Boost?
Only a bit.

Following your suggestion, I will proceed to implement a prototype of
a thread pool having specific queue for each thread that make use
of the sync_queue in Boost.Thread as part of my proposal. Hopefully,
it will be in shape next week.


Vicente J. Botet Escriba <vicente.botet <at>> writes:

> Le 06/03/14 04:06, Haoyue Wang a écrit :
> > Hi,
> Hi,
> > I am Haoyue, a PhD student in geophysics at MIT. I used C++11 to
> > write parallel finite element codes in my research and had some
> > coursework on concurrent programming.
> >
> > Boost is such a powerful and efficient library. I sincerely hope I could
> > contribute to it this summer and beyond.
> >
> > I am interested in the standalone GSoC Projects under Boost.Thread.
> > Particularly, the Work-Stealing-Thread-Pool project is a great one
> > that I expect to learn a lot from.
> >
> > I understand that there could be much more to discuss once I have
> > a preliminary proposal. Here I just want to ask if I am heading in
> > the right direction.
> >
> > I think a good point to start is chapter 6, 7, and 9 of the book C++
> > Concurrency in Action: Practical Multithreading and the Executors
> > and Schedulers revision 3 from
> Yes, this is a good starting point.
> > I haven't used Executor before but I am ware of its existence in Java
> > for a while. Maybe I could go through some Executor and fork/join
> > Java examples to see how they are used in practice.
> I don't think this is a good idea. Why not start with the executors
> included in Boost.Thread library (develop/master branches)
> > Finally, I will read and understand the executors codes on GitHub.
> The executors directory included already some executors. One of them the
> basic_thread_pool is a good starting point. The work-stealing
> thread_pool could be based on it and the implementation provided in
> CCIA 9.1.5.
> > I hope I could put up a good first draft proposal next Monday.
> > If there is any advice, please let me know.
> >
> >
> I would need to know more about your background. Are you familiar with
> thread-safe lock based data-structures? lock-free data structures?
> Your first proposal should be as complete as possible and you will need
> to probe that you are knowledgeable of the problem domain, of Boost
> environment and of C++11.
> Showing a prototype of a thread pool having specific queue for each
> thread (See CCIA 9.1.4) that make use of the sync_queue in Boost.Thread
> would be really nice.
> Which compiler(s) are you using? Which platform(s)?
> Do you use already Boost?
> Best,
> Vicente
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