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Subject: Re: [boost] Proposal for a thread synchronisation primitive: future_queue
From: Tim Blechmann (tim_at_[hidden])
Date: 2018-05-09 05:17:26

>> Having said that, the usual thinking on implementing blockable
>> lockfree queues doesn't involve futures per se, but rather focuses
>> on using an "eventcount" to provide the blocking behaviour as a
>> wrapper around the core data structure itself, so it can be used
>> with multiple different kinds of queues -- lockfree is usually a
>> balancing act between tradeoffs, so different use cases benefit
>> most from different structures.
> On a second thought, maybe I could even change the implementation of
> the future_queue to internally use e.g. the well-known
> boost::lockfree queues together with some semaphore to implement the
> blocking behaviour. I am not 100% sure yet, but I think all current
> features could be implemented by that. Do you think this would
> improve the implementation? It might be a bit simpler and maybe even
> more efficient in some cases.

one point to consider: even if the queue is lockfree, the semaphore
operations may internally acquire locks (maybe not in user-space, but in
the OS) ...

i've double checked the kernel-space implementations on linux and darwin
some time ago: posting/notifying a semaphore is not lockfree on these
platforms, as some code paths involve (spin)locks. so if lockfree
behavior is required to produce values from a real-time context, one may
have to poll a lockfree queue.


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