[C++-sig] [patch] Make boost python accessible by multiple threads
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Sat Jul 17 16:18:29 CEST 2010
On 16 Jul 2010 at 12:33, Jim Bosch wrote:
> But I don't know much more than this, and I'm also curious to hear the
> story told by someone who has more information...why hasn't
> multithreading support been added? Does it just add too much overhead
> for those who don't need it?
Atomic exchange instructions are a very precious commodity on modern
systems and become ever more precious over time. Wherever possible
atomic exchange instructions ought to be avoided for the benefit of
the whole system.
Besides, one of the big problems with a "naive" threading support
implementation such as the one just posted is that there are loads of
occasions (e.g. when checking for an overload of a virtual function)
when you unlock, do less than 100 cycles of work which doesn't need
the unlock and relock. That's crazy, and it hammers performance
across your entire system.
What was discussed on here many months ago was a simple "hanging
lock" system which avoids the problem above. It will however also
require source code changes to code using Boost.Python, but wrapper
generators like Py++ would take most of the pain.
The problem, as always, is funding the time of those to implement a
proper solution which would pass muster under peer review. The naïve
implementation is not suitable for mainline, and I agree it should be
kept out until it's done properly. Annoyingly you could probably get
a full and proper implementation for just ~US$7-8k as it's a feature
most Boost developers would feel very favourably toward.
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