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Subject: Re: [boost] [job] exec job-graphs in a NUMA env (was a thread pool that allows recursive calls)
From: Michael Marcin (mike.marcin_at_[hidden])
Date: 2015-08-14 20:00:04

On 8/12/2015 1:27 PM, Oliver Kowalke wrote:
> This library is related to the posting 'a thread pool that allows recursive
> calls' (, e.g. the
> library solves the many-dependent-jobs problem.
> boost.job is a derivative work of boost.task (which was published in 2008,
> the code is refactored and now split into boost.context,
> boost.coroutine2/boost.fiber and boost.job).
> boost.job provides a framework for asynchronous execution of job-graphs (a
> job is a small unit of code that can be executed independently and
> parallel, e.g. it's a fain-grained work item) of arbitrary dependency, e.g.
> solving the many-dependent-jobs problem (M: worker threads, N: jobs waiting
> for other jobs; M << N).
> Each (logical) processor of a dedicated processor set (configurable) gets a
> worker-thread assigned. Each worker-thread runs a fiber-pool (launch policy
> is customizable).
> A submitted job is always executed by a worker-fiber. While using
> boost.fiber jobs are scheduled
> cooperatively so that a job can yield to other jobs during its execution.
> Jobs can be synchronized via primitives like mutex's, conditions, barriers
> and channels (message exchange) from boost.fiber without blocking the
> worker-thread. Fibers provide a fast context switch.
> boost.job supports to inspect the NUMA topology (e.g. which logical
> processors are online, and which processors share L1/L2/L3 cache). This
> information can be used to select a appropriate processor for a job. For a
> fast access to job related data, boost.job provides functions and classes
> to allocate memory on NUMA nodes (processors of a NUMA node share cache and
> have a faster access to its associated memory bank than processors of other
> nodes.).
> source:
> documentation:

This is a very exciting library.

IIRC a lot of the feedback from the fiber review was related to
differing performance expectations.

As I'm reading through the documentation I just want to be sure my
expectations are well based.
This library is designed designed for high performance, correct?

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