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From: pbristow_at_[hidden]
Date: 2020-05-22 09:17:09

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Boost <boost-bounces_at_[hidden]> On Behalf Of Andrey Semashev via Boost
> Sent: 21 May 2020 23:18
> To: boost_at_[hidden] List <boost_at_[hidden]>
> Cc: Andrey Semashev <andrey.semashev_at_[hidden]>
> Subject: [boost] [container] Proposal for ring queues
> Hi,
> Some time ago I have proposed to include ring_queue and small_ring_queue containers to
> Boost.Container:
> The ring queues work similarly to std::queue with the main difference being that they use a ring
> internally to store elements. The small_ring_queue also allows to allocate a static storage for a
> amount of elements. The benefit of this is that dynamic memory allocations can be practically
> when the number of enqueued elements does not exceed some limit.
> In his reply in that PR Ion was not very enthusiastic about including these containers into
> Boost.Container mostly because (a) there was presumably not much interest from users and (b)
> the current implementation requires C++17 while Boost.Container supports C++03.
> I would like to ask if there is interest in the community for these kinds of containers. I know I
would find
> them useful, and at least one person commented in the PR to the same effect. However, I would
> like to see if more people need this.
> If there is interest, what would be the preferred course of action?
> 1. Should we work on inclusion into Boost.Container or maybe some other library? Candidates?
> Boost.CircularBuffer was mentioned in the PR, although I'm not sure it is suitable for these
> Creating a new submodule is also a possibility, although it seems like an overkill.
> 2. Somewhat related to p.1, what minimum C++ version is preferred. E.g.
> if we agree that Boost.Container is the right place for these components, I could work on lowering
> minimum C++ version, although C++03 would complicate things considerably.

FWIW ...

I suspect that code will be easier to write, will work better, be more readable and understandable,
and go faster using the most recent C++ std. It ought to be!

So I favour a new library Boost.RingQueue. It meets two niche requirements, but neither too small a


PS Some links in the docs of all three libraries should refer to a summary of the various pros and
cons and use cases. So users can chose the est/right tool for their project.

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