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

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When creating a library for a simple program, what must I do to protect others from its lack of thread safety?

When creating a library for a simple program, is it more cost effective to make it thread safe or is there a way to detect the program's use in a multithreaded program and ASSERT() or otherwise ...
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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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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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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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Relationship between “Task Parallel Library” and “Task-based Asynchronous Pattern”?

In the context of C#, .NET 4/4.5 used for an application running on a web-server, what is the relationship between "Task Parallel Library" and "Task-based Asynchronous Pattern"? I understand one is ...
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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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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 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 ...
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What's the current best practice for C multithreading?

I've been a Java (and PHP) developer for most of my life, but will need to use C for my next project. I remember some basic stuff we did back in school with fork, pthread, semaphores, etc. but I'm not ...
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Export to Excel - threading

I am working on an ASP.NET application. One requirement by the users is they are capable of exporting to Excel of some UIs. I have worked on them using the Infragistics library, and I have supplied ...
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Primes and multi-threading

I use to compute primes using linear code which took a long time. As I've an 8 cores processor I thought about multi-threading. At first I use to put a huge number of int in a vector then share the ...
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Should multi-threading be used for tasks which does not involve IO operation?

I was reading a book on OS and got confused between different terminologies. I hope i will get my doubt cleared here. These questions might be very basic for some experts, but i find this platform ...
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Using a progress dialog and multi threading

My .NET Windows desktop application creates an HTML report, and has 3 main phases. It may create multiple reports. I show a progress bar so the user knows (estimates) how long it will take (as well ...
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Make a java program use more processors

I am running a program that is supposed to solve a problem with the brute force approach. My computer has a quad-core CPU. When I run the program clearly java uses only one core, because in my ...
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Does immutability entirely eliminate the need for locks in multi-processor programming?

Part 1 Clearly Immutability minimizes the need for locks in multi-processor programming, but does it eliminate that need, or are there instances where immutability alone is not enough? It seems to ...
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Use of separate threads or singe thread

In my project, on a security system, I was using a socket to get the details of the client and then store it in a database (his IP and port he connected from and service he accessed). I was wondering ...
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Running a process multiple times at the same time

I have a c++ program with opencv library which takes an image as input and perform pose estimation,color detection,phog. When I run this program from the command line it takes around 4-5sec to ...
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Good strategy to implement a listener processing tasks provided by the database

Let's assume this conceptual scenario: The database is constantly populated with "a ton" of tasks named PleaseSendAnEmail. A scheduler/listener in background is aimed to handle those tasks. Of ...
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Problems of multiple threads sharing/accessing the same data [closed]

I have been researching into when data is being accessed or shared by multiple threads within Java. And looking into the problems such as: Thread Interference Memory Consistency Deadlock Starvation ...
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Locking techniques

Delphi RAD libraries implement many thread friendly objects in a way which forces one to declare another object for storing the reference returned by that object's locking method. The object thus ...
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Difference between TSimpleRWSync's BeginWrite and BeginRead methods?

I have recently switched to TSimpleRWSync from TRTLCriticalSection. The methods BeginRead and BeginWrite confuse me as wherever I read help, they seemingly do the same thing i.e. acquire the critical ...
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Emulating communication between Android and microcontroller using threads or services or… other?

I am not sure what is the best way for the tasks below: threads, AsyncTasks, Loopers, services? Why? Are there other candidates? I need threads/Tasks/Services/other for: Plotting data, (refreshing ...
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Programs that claim they are not “multi-core” friendly

You see this phrase or similar kicked around from time to time, generally referring to a program that claims they were not designed to take full advantage of multi-core processors. This is common ...
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Threading and async intterupting on same process and thread, along with related

So, I'm trying to understand threads. I realize they are a mix of hardware and OS decisions. I also know that a thread, or process, has a set of register/stack variables and functions. In each thread, ...
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How to convince my teammates that spawning numerous threads is a bad design? [closed]

I've stumbled upon this problem when tried to run our application in bad network conditions; it spawns hundreds of threads (which exist long time before termination), and with time the application ...
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Is it possible to perform mutual exclusion of threads without OS support?

I suppose you could adapt distributed mutual exclusion algorithms (Ricart/Agrawala, etc), but aside from these more exotic approaches, are you required to use primitives provided by the OS in order to ...
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Non-Recursive vs Recursive Locks?

I am thinking of using non-recursive locks; I have found them to be having performance superiority over the standard recursive locks (e.g. SimpleRWSync). I have mainly been using critical sections but ...
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Should I lock a list of objects while a socket is receiving messages?

I have a scenario where I will be receiving messages through a socket connection. I also need to keep a list of 100 messages (such as List) and periodically toss out old messages from the list when a ...
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Thread safe GUI programming

I have been programming Java with swing for a couple of years now, and always accepted that GUI interactions had to happen on the Event Dispatch Thread. I recently started to use GTK+ for C ...
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Why are threads called threads?

I understand that a process a unit of resource ownership and executable instructions. Threads allow a process to share its resources with multiple executions, and it's easier for an OS to schedule ...
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Managing child worker thread list

After so much research, I thought I should ask the experts. I am working on a project for my corporate employer, we have android and iPhone mobile apps that make request to a web service, the request ...
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Do you have to ban atomics to get good tool support for race detectors?

It seems that Helgrind treats atomics the same way as normal read/write operations. So, using atomics will result in lots of false positives. I don't know exactly how ThreadSanitizer deals with ...
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Extracting data from log files

I will be extracting certain bits from log files using regular expressions to filter out bit of data. Initially I was going to do this with Python. I later started to think about the fastest way I can ...
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Design patterns for multi-threaded messaging server

I'm designing an instant messaging server as a personal exercise to improve my understanding and application of multi-threading and design patterns in Java. I'm still designing, there's no code yet. ...
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Threads or ThreadPool? Fixed or Dynamic ThreadPool?

I have a java program which listens on a port for input. Based on Input, it calls a webservice and then returns a success/failure back to the client program. I fork a thread for each client ...
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Best method for async initialization of view model in MVVM pattern (WPF)

I'm working on a business application (C#, WPF, EF, MVVM). I need to load a bunch of items from database, create view models for them and put them in a window. Is there a way to create the view model ...
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Are go-langs goroutine pools just green threads?

The commentator here offers the following criticism of green threads: I was initially sold on the N:M model as a means of having event driven programming without the callback hell. You can write ...
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Optimising news fetching

I have a web scraper for scraping news from different sources in wp7. My current appraoch for doing this is: load newspapers information from xml file. go to the specified sections and fetch the ...
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When would you need “hundreds of thousands” of threads?

Erlang, Go, and Rust all claim in one way or another that they support concurrent programming with cheap "threads"/coroutines. The Go FAQ states: It is practical to create hundreds of thousands ...
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Why user threads are mapped to Kernel threads

Since user threads are mapped to kernel threads, why don't we create all threads as kernel threads that is a process with zero user thread. Doesn't mapping of user thread to kernel thread create ...
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Database design/relationship for threading messages

What's the database design or business logic for creating an app for messaging between users? I am having difficulties with choosing how to approach the relationship between each Conversation of User ...
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Transactional Memory vs Mutex and Locks

Just found out that Intel processors now have Transactional Memory support !!!! I learned about Transactional operations in my dB/OS class, it is a very simple concept: entire operation is executed or ...
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Why don't xUnit frameworks allow tests to run in parallel?

Do you know of any xUnit framework that allows to run tests in parallel, to make use of multiple cores in today's machine? If none (or so few) of them does it, maybe there is a reason... Is it that ...
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How Stack and Heap is allocated for threads under the same process in Windows?

Stack for different thread is different.but what about Heap. If Heap is different for different threads, then how they share objects?