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

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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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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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UML Diagrams of Multi-Threaded Applications

For single-threaded applications I like to use class diagrams to get an overview of the architecture of that application. This type of diagram, however, hasn’t been very helpful when trying to ...
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Why does shared state degrade performance?

I've been working under the share-nothing principle of concurrent programming. Essentially, all my worker threads have immutable read-only copies of the same state which is never shared between them (...
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Why not Green Threads?

Whilst I know questions on this have been covered already (e.g. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5713142/green-threads-vs-non-green-threads), I don't feel like I've got a satisfactory answer. The ...
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Is It “Wrong”/Bad Design To Put A Thread/Background Worker In A Class?

I have a class that will read from Excel (C# and .Net 4) and in that class I have a background worker that will load the data from Excel while the UI can remain responsive. My question is as follows: ...
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What are the so-called “levels” of understanding multithreading?

I seem to remember reading somewhere some list of 4 "levels" of understanding multithreading. This may have been in a formal publication, or it may have been in an extremely informal context (even ...
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What constitutes proper use of threads in programming?

I am tired of hearing people recommend that you should use only one thread per processor, while many programs use up to 100 per process! take for example some common programs vb.net ide uses about 25 ...
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Internal Mutation of Persistent Data Structures

To clarify, when I mean use the terms persistent and immutable on a data structure, I mean that: The state of the data structure remains unchanged for its lifetime. It always holds the same data, ...
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Drawing thread interaction

I'd like to draw (pen and pencils) threads interaction in a UML(-like) notation. I don't insist on UML, anything that is obvious to the reader should do. I started with sequence diagrams, but I don't ...
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Is it a performance hit to create threads that loop a lot to check for things?

This is a generic question that I've always wondered. In general, is it intensive for a CPU to create threads that perform "while not true ..." loops or similar? For example, suppose I do: // ...
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Sharing buffer between multiple threads

I had a job process that was executing a lot of IO to read and write temporary files. Now I want to (need to) reduce the quantity of IO executions. So I want to create a sort of circular buffer ...
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Is the singleton pattern prone to thread safety problems?

Is the singleton pattern prone to thread safety problems? If so, what are the best methods to work around them?
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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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Is there an algorithm to determine the amount of work needed to keep workers busy?

I wrote a multi-threaded program that randomly generates strings, and after generating, checks to see if the string contains a certain value. Namely, StringGenerator and StringChecker. What I'm trying ...
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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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Concurrency pattern of logger in multithreaded application

The context: We are working on a multi-threaded (Linux-C) application that follows a pipeline model. Each module has a private thread and encapsulated objects which do processing of data; and each ...
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are multithreading, multiprocessing, multitasking implemented at instruction set or OS?

On a computer with a single cpu core, must a multithreading program be implemented based on an OS? Can it be implemented in the instruction set and run without an OS? Can multiple programs run in ...
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Is there a formula to figure out the total execution time of sequential asynchronous processes?

I have a set of steps that need to run sequentially over a list of data. However each step only operates on a single piece of data at a time. Because of this, I can run the steps asynchronously. For ...
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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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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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How bad would it be to obtain a lock on every object?

Imagine a hypothetical programming environment that is largely like Java or .NET, i.e. object-oriented, garbage-collected, etc., but with one small change: Every time you call a method on an object, ...