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

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Difference between daemon and child thread?

As per my knowledge daemon thread is a thread that runs in background(low priority thread) and also a child thread runs in the background when the parent thread runs foreground so where does the ...
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Thread synchronization for multiple threads accessing a message stream

My project has a single message stream (communicating with an external device) which is accessed via multiple client threads. The workflow is: There is a thread (the "messaging thread") which reads ...
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Do classes in a JRE library support observable and/or asynchronous reads from external/non-JRE assemblies?

How can I implement my cross-platform library (e.g. on JRE) to operate in a thread-safe manner on object references, so that native front-ends on other platforms can observe the object and take ...
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C#/.NET multithreaded application design

The application to be designed serves as a bridge between two different systems. One natively speaks TCP (RS232 actually, but there's a COM->ETH server in the line of communication) - the other one is ...
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Const means Thread-safe? [on hold]

I was put onto this video: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/C-and-Beyond-2012-Herb-Sutter-You-dont-know-blank-and-blank By http://codereview.stackexchange.com/users/39810/glampert Because I asked ...
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Many AJAX requests to check domain availabilities [closed]

I've recently developed a website that randomly generates unique names, then checks for their .com availability. In order to do this, I call 3 AJAX requests to a php page where it randomly generates ...
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Preemptive scheduling with “do not disturb”

In this answer about threading it is said: In preemptive scheduling, a thread can be interrupted at any time, either by a timer interrupt or any other interrupt or during a system call. The part ...
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C# async/await: Pedantry vs. the Debugger

I'm playing around with async and await, and they seem pretty intuitive, but some of the things I'm reading about these keywords doesn't make sense to me. In fact, some of it seems to me to be ...
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Multithreading with triple buffer, do I have to do the waiting for the condition variable?

I have a triple buffer implementation that is often used in threads in such a way that when new data is expected, there's always a WaitData(n) function called on the buffer (A condition variable's ...
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Should I take care of race conditions which almost certainly has no chance of occuring?

Let's consider something like a GUI application where main thread is updating the UI almost instantaneously, and some other thread is polling data over the network or something that is guaranteed to ...
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Performance of sharing single object with multiple threads in Java

In Java, if I create an object that has a method to do something, and I pass that object to multiple threads which call the method, is there a performance difference from creating an individual ...
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Threading strategies for a webservice implementation

If I am building a webservice/Web API for servicing requests, there are 2 threading strategies I can think of. I will explain this in terms of Java (though the question may be relevant for any other ...
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How do synchronized objects work? [closed]

This is to inform you that I am learning about multi-threading. I recently completed Synchronized method concept. Everything is clear but I am not able to get working of Synchronized block. It seems ...
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If I use locks, can my algorithm still be lock-free?

A common definition of lock-free is that at least one process makes progress. 1 If I have a simple data structure such as a queue, protected by a lock, then one process can always make progress, as ...
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How do I prevent a long running SQL query from looking stuck?

If I had a method like: private void someMethod() { runSqlQueryA(); runSqlQueryB(); runSqlQueryC(); } My understanding is this method will be one thread. In weblogic, the thread will ...
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Behaviour of Thread sleep in a single core processor machine?

I'm trying to understand how threading works when using a single core, not hyper-threaded processor. I have two identical console applications running on a machine that has one core CPU and 1 GB of ...
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Built-in the separate thread execution inside of the method or wrap the method by the thread

Let assume, I have some resource and time-consuming code, which I want to arrange as a separate method. In order to optimize the performance, this code should be executed in the separate thread. Now ...
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Design approach to outsourcing a socket in an own thread

I want to extend an existing server written in C++ to be able to communicate with an other server over websockets (e.g. logging or user authorisation purposes). All examples (including the very well ...
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How does condition_variable::notify_one() choose which thread to unblock?

notify_one() of C++ 11 thread library is used to unblock one of the waiting threads. How does it choose which thread to unblock? To begin with, I tried googling but could not find any appropriate ...
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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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What's the simplest way to deal with events in C in this situation?

I'm writing a text-based game, in C. I want the game to handle NPCs movement and actions in the background, while the user is making his moves. I'd also use time-based events to tell the user when ...
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How is multi-threading different in a Java based Web Application vs Stand-alone Java Application

I am fairly new to Java and my experience is limited to Web Based Applications running on a Web Container (Jboss in my case). Am I correct in saying that for Web Applications the web container takes ...
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What are the underlying patterns in systems allowing asynchronous operations?

Say I'm working with a system that allows async, nonblocking operations. If I queue up a set of those operations and specify their result buffer references: nonblocking_write( message, write_buffer ...
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Multi-Threaded JavaScript?

I know, I know--it isn't possible presently BUT my question is this: Would it be possible to write a browser plug in for the major browsers that enables true, multi-threaded JavaScript? It just ...
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What can multiple threads do that a single thread cannot? [closed]

While threads can speed up execution of code, are they actually needed? Can every piece of code be done using a single thread or is there something that exists that can only be accomplished by using ...
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Best way to define, start and stop threads in C#

I am making a little program, which have few Threads, constantly running. At some point, I may want to stop one of them, and then, after random period of time, to start it again. So first, what is the ...
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High-Load Java Server for Multiplayer

I am making a multiplayer game. Now I am trying to choose the technology to connect the android devices to the server. The clients run on Android, and the game is MMORPG. I would like to write the ...
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Multithreading synchronization interview question: Find n words given m threads

I came across this question: You are given a paragraph , which contain n number of words, you are given m threads. What you need to do is , each thread should print one word and give the ...
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Multiple threads making call to precompiled library

I have been asked this question in an interview and I thought to take advice from you guys. Say I have a pre-compiled library which references to some function say "strtok". There is no source code ...
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Android Service vs Simple class with thread for network access

I am in quite a dilemma about how to solve my problem regarding network access. I checked this question but it does not really gives a solution for my problem. All of my REST based requests are ...
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How many threads is too many to maintain a chat server?

I'm writing a chat server and client. For the chat server I have 3 "services" all running on their own threads: ConnectionListener that loops over accept, and adds any new clients to a ...
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Can multiple synchronized methods in same object run concurrently

As far as i know when there are multiple synchronized methods(both static and instance) in a class, java allows only one such method to run at a time. But what if a thread acquires lock on an object ...
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pthread versus boost::thread - need to set the thread priority on an ubuntu box

I wrote a class that basically executes a numerical analysis code in a thread using boost::thread. Now I need to specify the thread priority, since we are running a system with near real-time ...
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Is it possible to have multiple threads using Background Workers for different controls within one GUI

In my current project i have a CPU intensive 3D chart that needs to be updated in real time. I have been using background workers for the project and using those, i do all the processing in the ...
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Testing concurrency/thread-safety

A program I have wrote uses multiple threads and I believe my program is thread-safe but how can I really know? I've read a number of examples online and none of them describe how to test the code is ...
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Converting from List<Object> to Array with threads

I have a large (>500.000) list of Objects and I want to convert it a multidimensional array. Until now I am doing this using a for loop, but after some measurements I identified that this is a ...
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Testing multi-threaded race conditions

Reading the comments to this answer, specifically: Just because you can't write a test doesn't mean it's not broken. Undefined behaviour which usually happens to work as expected (C and C++ are ...
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Multithreaded file copy

There is an utility we have which is used to upload files (and perform other operations on the file) to a network shared location. The file size tends to vary from a few mb to 500 mb. A suggestion has ...
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JUnit Testing in Multithread Application

This is a problem me and my team faces in almost all of the projects. Testing certain parts of the application with JUnit is not easy and you need to start early and to stick to it, but that's not the ...
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What is a thread pool?

How would one implement a threadpool? I've been reading on wikipedia for "threadpool" but I still can't figure out what one should do to solve this question (possibly because I didn't quite understand ...
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How to concurrently write data in Java without locking?

How to implement a multi-threaded program in which each thread needs to write/output some data (in any order of course) but without the locking overhead that is involved with files or a particular ...
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How many threads should I use in my NIO server?

I've built a Java NIO TCP server, it currently uses four threads. One ServerRunnable thread that uses a selector and three worker threads. I've been looking around for some information about this, ...
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Implementation of Asynchronous function call in C

I took it upon myself recently to work towards making a general-purpose Translator to automatically translate js programs into C, but I got stuck when thinking of asynchronous behaviour. Using ANSI / ...
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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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Experimentally determined timing of function/method calls vs locks, signals. Anti-pattern name?

Here is some pseudocode and paraphrased comments: // Allow time for screen to start before content reset. // Delay time determined by testing with platform version 5. delayCall(0.01, contentReset()) ...
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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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Clarification on Acquire/Release Semantics in multithreaded programming

In an attempt to fundamentally understand any concept, I try to understand the meaning of the words within the context it is being used. Currently, I am trying to fundamentally understand the whole ...
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Verifying absence of an event in multithreaded unit test

I've got a legacy application that had a fragile unit test (which is really more of an integration test) that used a lot of Thread.Sleep calls to wait for events to happen. While trying to introduce ...
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What are the best resources for learning about concurrency and multi-threaded applications? [closed]

I realised I have a massive knowledge gap when it comes to multi-threaded applications and concurrent programming. I've covered some basics in the past, but most of it seems to be gone from my mind, ...
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Does grouping threads by task improve performance?

This is kind of a lazy question on my part, since I gave up after trying only a few google terms. But when I read about multi-threaded performance, I read about context switching being bad for ...