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Subject: Re: [Boost-users] boost::this_thread::sleep
From: Vicente J. Botet Escriba (vicente.botet_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-02-01 12:58:54

Le 01/02/12 12:07, Sargrad, Dave a écrit :
> Our software runs on both linux and solaris platforms. Our threads use boost threads, and will sleep using boost::this_thread::sleep(millisec)

> <snip>
> Interestingly all of our threads show up with a high-level of user lock time. Wanting to understand this I spent time today isolating the user lock time to the call to boost::this_thread::sleep(1000).
> When our thread did nothing but wake up and go back to sleep for 1000 milliseconds the thread would show up with 100% LCK rather than 100% SLP.
> As an experiment I replaced the single call to boost::this::thread::sleep(1000) with a comparable call to nanosleep(). In this case the thread shows up as 100% SLP, rather than 100% LCK (and looks more like what I would have expected).
> Having read a bit more about the boost::this_thread::sleep I believe that this may be because the boost sleep implementation actually uses a mutex (synchronization object) and hence the thread really is waiting for a synchronization resource.
> I’ve come to the conclusion that this “100 % locked” indicator for our threads is not necessarily indicative of a problem, rather it is just an artifact of the boost::this_thread::sleep implementation.
> I’m still a bit queasy about this and would like some confirmation from the experts. Is the fact that our boost threads (when sleeping) show up as 100% locked rather than 100% sleeping a problem, or is it just an artifact of the boost thread implementation?

I agree that it will be better if this_thread::sleep uses platform
specifics that show your program is sleeping.

I see however the code in libs/thread/src/pthread/thread.cpp

         void sleep(const system_time& st)

# elif defined(BOOST_HAS_NANOSLEEP)
                     timespec ts;
                     to_timespec_duration(xt, ts);

                     // nanosleep takes a timespec that is an offset, not
                     // an absolute time.
                     nanosleep(&ts, 0);

which uses nanosleep when available. Could you check if
BOOST_HAS_NANOSLEEP is defined on Solaris? Hint:Add an #error after the


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