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Multi-threading related questions including technique, structure, and safety issues.

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How to prevent others from using non-thread safe variables in a multithreading environment?

I have an application written in C++ that was originally single threaded, but, due to the increasing complexity of this project, I'll need to expand it to at least two or three threads. There are ...
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Why are the raw pointer values being overwritten/falling out of scope [migrated]

I have a C++11 function making calls against a legacy C function. I thought it would be good to create worker threads(using std::thread that will then pass variables to the C function. However, it ...
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Race conditions in JVM languages versus C/C++

I was thinking about thread synchronization issues in compiled languages like C++, versus synchronization issues in languages like Java. I'm wondering how a JVM language like Java doesn't (at least ...
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Socket Connecting to Large number of IPs

I have a text file of ~600 CIDR notation IP blocks which, when expanded, amount to ~17.5M IP addresses. I need to socket connect to each one. If it connects, I add it to a "live" list, if it returns ...
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Evaluating concurrent application design approaches on Linux

Working on relatively low-speed hardware, I need to grab a snapshot of a rapidly changing datastream and then post-process the snapshot data and save it to disk. I need help with designing the ...
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Does laziness yield more race conditions?

I recently ran into a race condition while accessing a configuration setting. After examining what I could of the code, I came to the conclusion that the Configuration class' laziness1 was the source ...
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How does the consumer-producer solution work?

I'm only a beginner, and my book doesn't cover this subject. I have researched my problem and found that an implementation of the consumer-producer pattern is the ideal solution, and have Googled it, ...
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Seeking Guidance on Thread Safe Scripting

I am trying to write a script that will take multiple paths to files on various servers, search them all simultaneously, and return a single list of results to a user. Initially, I was just using ...
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Java Multithreading and CPU cores [closed]

I have a simple question this time. If I write an java application with 4 Threads ( each thread does different work ), what will be the difference between single-core, dual core and quad core cpu ( ...
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Is it better to create thread safe subclasses or make the main class thread safe?

Say we have a class that is frequently used in a single-thread context: public class Foo { public List<Bar> Data; public virtual void ChangeData() { for(var i =0; i < ...
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I/O bound or CPU-bound

I have a telephony application, there is a windows service(third party product) running on a remote server. The application runs against the server. To connect the server, we have the code. public ...
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Would this be a proper use of threading?

After reading various MSDN articles, tutorials, and posts on here I came up with a design for a windows service that I wanted to make sure my threading strategy is proper and won't lead to memory, ...
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Why should your code not use 100% CPU? [closed]

I'm speaking specifically about a C# .NET 4 program running on Windows XP or higher, but general answers are also acceptable. Assume an already optimized and efficient program. The problem here is ...
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Context Switching behavior?

I need to ask a question that have been bugging me for some time now: If I have a single core and one OS thread, this thread will get 100% of the CPU time and all is good. If I have a single core ...
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How to effectively split jobs into groups for multiprocessing when the job sizes are unknown

With K processor cores, how to optimally split N jobs into groups, with each group to be processed sequentially by one processor core, when the time to process each job is unknown ahead of time and ...
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Android, using a Fragment to hold/edit complex object, accesible from any Activity

I'll do my best to describe the problem, but I'm still very new to several concepts that I think this problem requires to be solved (namely interfaces and threads). I should preface this by saying ...
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When is lock not needed in multithreading

I want 500 objects to be processed concurrently using multithreading. These objects will have some initial data before the threads are created. I am creating 5 threads and each thread takes 100 ...
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Pass Event between Systems in a multi-threaded Entity-Component-System

Is there a way to pass Events between Systems in a multi-threaded Entity-Component-System that realizes the benefits of saving on system resources? I've read a german article about the ...
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Using Singletons in JS with workers

I'm building a javascript application that does continuous drawing, but relies on asynchronous scripts in the background which also need to poll for events and write to "global variables". This got me ...
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Why aren't we building and using parallel processors *meant* for general computation?

We all know GPUs are much faster than CPUs for a wide range of applications. When someone asks why we are not just programming for GPUs at all, one of the most common answers is that GPUs are not good ...
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Are there alternatives to using an optional type in a multithreaded environment?

I'm making an MPMC queue in C++, and I would like to find out what the best interface for a try_dequeue method would be (I'm not concerned about its implementation). I'd like to provide a method which ...
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How should be the approach to start thinking about multi thread programming [closed]

I am an experienced java developer.Of now I have started learning multithreading in java.I am able to grasp most of the concepts but still I am unable to visualize applications running on threads.I ...
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BackgroundWorker starting again in Completed event

I want a background worker to continue running and occasionally update the user interface. My first idea was to use a BackgroundWorker and in its completed event just fire it up again. Is using a ...
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Multithreaded Pre/Post Functions

I'm programming an application for an embedded device. We are using an RTOS that supports multi threading. The device is supposed to mimic an older project that was programmed in plain C (without ...
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Error Handling Strategies in Multithreaded Environments

TL;DR What error generating and handling strategies do you use in Multithreaded code intended for use by others and why do you use them? If applicable, state what programming paradigm it's useful for. ...
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Synchronized access to network industrial equipment

I have an industrial equipment which is controlled by a software. The software connects to it using sockets, and keeps the connection all the time alive, while from time to time sending commands to ...
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Multithreading: am I doing it wrong?

I'm working on an application that plays music. During playback, often things need to happen on separate threads because they need to happen simultaneously. For example, the notes of a chord need to ...
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Is there a difference between fibers, coroutines and green threads and if that is so what is it?

Today I was reading several articles on the Internet about fibers, coroutines and green threads, and it seems like these concepts have very much in common, but there are slight differences, especially ...
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Should I reference a CopyOnWriteArraySet from the Set interface?

There are two ways to use a CopyOnWriteArraySet: // A Set<Object> set = new CopyOnWriteArraySet<>(); and // B CopyOnWriteArraySet<Object> set = new CopyOnWriteArraySet<>(); ...
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How can I set a time limit for a game?

I am learning the multi-threading and timer in C# now. But it seems I can't find a good solution. For example, I would like to see how many addition problems that I can solve within 1 min. I would ...
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Should CountDownLatch be used for waiting for an event?

I have a situation here, where I have a loop that loops x amount of times. The value x is determined by the user. Everytime it loops, I want it to wait for a button click before continuing the loop. ...
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Scheduling a few CPU-intensive tasks

I need to schedule a small number of CPU-intensive tasks to run every so often, reading from shared data and writing to dedicated buffers. I don't necessarily want to roll my own scheduling, but am ...
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UI Applications and operations in background threads

I am not really sure about what is the best way to deal with operations executed in background threads in an application I am writing. I am writing it in C# and I am following the MVVM design ...
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Implementation strategies for atomic counter

I basically have a counter variable that is decremented and frequently polled. There are three options to implement that, that I can think of: Number 1: private volatile int count; public void ...
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Why (most?) retro computer emulators are single threaded?

All real computer hardware works in parallel. So why most emulators of retro systems (like NES) are single threaded (or I'm not right?)? You have main loop and you counting CPU cycles and after ...
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Is it safe to rely on static analysis to “reproduce” concurrency bugs reliably?

I've inherited some Java code which I suspect harbours some concurrency bugs when synchronizing between a thread that queries data and an IO event that updates the same data. I'm trialling a static ...
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API providing function to be run in a thread vs. thread that runs this function

I'm writing a Python library which exposes a certain event listener interface. The user can register callbacks to handle different types of events. There is also a function which handles the actual ...
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What prevents a race condition on a lock?

I understand the basics of what data races are, and how locks/mutexes/semaphores help prevent them. But what happens if you have a "race condition" on the lock itself? For example, two different ...
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Why is sem_post pthread_mutex_lock protected while sem_wait is not?

All the pthread semaphore examples I have seen protect the sem_post call with a pthread_mutex_lock, but the sem_wait is left unprotected! It seems to me that sem_wait also should be protected in some ...
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Can someone explain in simple terms what is the disruptor pattern?

I would like if you could explain to me in a simple way how does the disruptor patter work. This concept has been elusive to me as of know. Perhaps with your help I could comprehend it.
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In which object should I implement wait()/notify()?

I'm working in an Android project with multithreading. Basically I have to wait to the server to respond before sending more data. The data sending task is delimited by the flag boolean ...
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Good approach for hundreds of comsumers and big files

I have several files (nearly 1GB each) with data. Data is a string line. I need to process each of these files with several hundreds of consumers. Each of these consumers does some processing that ...
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How can I make a universal construction more efficient?

A "universal construction" is a wrapper class for a sequential object that enables it to be linearized (a strong consistency condition for concurrent objects). For instance, here's an adapted ...
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What is Atomicity?

I'm really struggling to find a concrete, easy to grasp, explanation of Atomicity. My understanding thus far is that to ensure an operation is atomic you wrap the critical code in a locker. But ...
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MVC pattern synchronisation

I am facing a problem in synchronizing my model and view threads I have a view which is table. In it, user can select a few rows. I update the view as soon as the user clicks on any row since I don't ...
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How other thread can show the incremented value unless the 1st thread reaches the return statement?

My code is given below. In the for loop I am getting unexpected output i.e. before completing the execution of for loop by 1st thread the 2nd thread comes in for loop and shows incremented value. ...
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When one thread out of four is executing first line in run() then at the same time what will remaining three threads do?

I have four thread instances and they are executing run() code given below: public void run (){ System.out.println("1st line :"+Thread.CurrentThread().getName()); System.out.println("2nd line ...
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When should I use ZeroMQ and when should I use Akka?

My understanding of Akka is that it allows you to define groups of mini-threads ("Actors") and then have them communicate with each other (and do work) using events. My understanding of ZeroMQ is ...
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WCF service - best way to accept requests from a client and do background work?

For a project at work, I was tasked to create a WCF service that will receive email messages from client and queue them on a database, while at the same time the service will check the DB every 30 ...
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Can the possibility of a data race be ignored in some cases? (while having concurrent threads) [duplicate]

I am programming a game engine as a hobby project, and I would like to separate physics and drawing into two separate threads. The position vectors of entities are subject to modifications by the ...