Tag Archives: threading

Invisible Races

When you’re writing multi-threaded applications, the problem you are working hardest to avoid is that of data races. Here’s an example (assume a 32-bit x86 system): int global = 0; void thread1() { global += 1; } void thread2() { global = 0x10000; } The race here is pretty obvious. Two threads are accessing the […]

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UNIX’s Achilles’ Heel I

UNIX has one (to my mind) big hole in its API. Windows, surprisingly, doesn’t share it. This article will discuss that gap, and how it can be worked around. File Descriptor Wakes There are a few multiplexing system calls, select(), poll(), and epoll() that put a thread to sleep, with the wakeup triggered by activity […]

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