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

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When do you need precision with thread execution timing and how do you do it with Java? [closed]

(Under software architecture/design) I'm not sure how my question could be subjective but the message next to the title suggests that it is. I hope I'm not violating the rules here. Under what ...
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Push instead of pull on a list that might change due to a command in addition to events? [closed]

I need to show a refreshable/searchable list of items and update/add-to it whenever an event is published. How do I make sure no events are lost while refreshing/searching is happening? Some sort of ...
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Running simulations in parallel, managing each separately [closed]

Let me preface this by admitting that I am a novice - this is the first real project I am doing outside of a class. I am running a single-threaded C++ simulation several hundred times (i.e. I have ...
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Approaches to Concurrency [closed]

I’ve been doing some research on the various approaches to concurrency, and I’ve ended up with the following taxonomy: Manual thread based concurrency with locks Asynchronous dispatch queues and ...
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Pthread scheduling (System and Process)

I've read the operating system concepts 8th edition written by abraham silberschatz. However, I don't understand Pthread Scheduling. Thread-library schedules user-level-threads on LWP(Lightweight ...
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Threads: the difference of concurrency between many-to-one model and one-to-one model

I am studying "Threads" part with a textbook, Operating system concepts written by Abraham Silberschatz, Peter, Greg. First, I'm going to say something in the textbook related to my question, and ...
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Is it a good idea to make method behavior depend on the calling thread?

I want to subclass a 3rd party class, in order to make it thread-safe. I have a good idea of how to implement this, but there is a problem: the superclass has a property, which affects the behaviour ...
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Don't quite understand check and set in concurrency

I don't entirely understand check and set behaviour.. here is an example: public static void main(String[] args) { List<String> list = Collections.synchronizedList(new ArrayList<>...
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Better choice of Queue then a ConcurrentLinkedQueue if I have low number of threads in Java

I have two threads, one that is reading messages from the web and putting them into some sort of a queue. The other is suppose to read it. I looked into a ConcurrentLinkedQueue and it looks good for ...
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How can I best test a multithreaded C producer-consumer program? [closed]

How does one best write tests for a multi-threaded producer-consumer C program? I know GDB can be used to debug threads, but I believe GDB also stops the thread currently being debugged while other ...
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Terminology - Difference between thread and process and how they manage DB connections

I've been working more with concurrency in Ruby recently, and I keep seeing various articles using "threads" and "process" interchangeably. What are the actual definitions of these terms? Is a ...
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Cost of cache coherency/sharing data across multiple cores?

If I have two CPU cores, one is writing a particular cache line and the other core wishes to Read Write the same cache line, what are the costs (in cycles) for doing so? I am a little unsure ...
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Eliminating thread affinity requirements when converting an STA COM object into an MTA COM object

Suppose I need to convert an STA COM object into an MTA object. Single threaded apartments guarantee not just that only one thread will call the object at a time, but that it's always the same thread ...
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Thread.State BLOCKED vs WAITING

What is difference between the BLOCKED and the WAITING states of a thread. As per JAVA code comments /** * Thread state for a thread blocked waiting for a monitor lock. * A thread in ...
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What happens to lock's state and methods when a thread acquires a lock?

Assume I have following class class Student{ void method1(){ // Do Something } void method2(){ // Do Something } } And the object of this class is used as monitor in ...
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Why is it the caller's responsibility to ensure thread safety in GUI programming?

I have seen, in many places, that it is canonical wisdom1 that it is the responsibility of the caller to ensure you are on the UI thread when updating UI components (specifically, in Java Swing, that ...
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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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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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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 flat-...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 [duplicate]

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 to 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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asp.net tracing custom implementation

I want to do event tracing in asp.net. That is whenever any method is called, i want to log some method specific details into a text file like method name, return value e.t.c But, as requests will ...
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What's the best way to implement a real time show board to show results from concurrent result producers in Java?

I'm making a load test tool that launches multiple thread to simulate load on the target server. Each thread executes a predefined set of commands in the structure of TestSuite - TestCase- TestStep ...
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Why should we expect user-space coroutines to be lighter than OS threads?

I have heard it said that managing concurrent TCP connections using user-space coroutines uses less resources per open connection than using an OS thread per connection. Actually, OS threads and ...
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Android: How to set a stop flag in native C thread from Java

In my NDK Android app, Java part runs native C code to perform intensive calculations. It does so by creating an AsyncTask worker object that runs the native code in a separate thread via the JNI. The ...
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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, ...