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ACE_Barrier Class Reference

Implements "barrier synchronization". More...

#include <Barrier.h>

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Public Member Functions

 ACE_Barrier (unsigned int count, const ACE_TCHAR *name=0, void *arg=0)
 Initialize the barrier to synchronize count threads.
 ~ACE_Barrier (void)
 Default dtor.
int wait (void)
void dump (void) const
 Dump the state of an object.

Public Attributes

 Declare the dynamic allocation hooks.

Protected Attributes

ACE_Thread_Mutex lock_
 Serialize access to the barrier state.
int current_generation_
int count_
 Total number of threads that can be waiting at any one time.
ACE_Sub_Barrier sub_barrier_1_
ACE_Sub_Barrier sub_barrier_2_
ACE_Sub_Barriersub_barrier_ [2]

Private Member Functions

void operator= (const ACE_Barrier &)
 ACE_Barrier (const ACE_Barrier &)

Detailed Description

Implements "barrier synchronization".

This class allows <count> number of threads to synchronize their completion of (one round of) a task, which is known as "barrier synchronization". After all the threads call <wait()> on the barrier they are all atomically released and can begin a new round.

This implementation uses a "sub-barrier generation numbering" scheme to avoid overhead and to ensure that all threads wait to leave the barrier correct. This code is based on an article from SunOpsis Vol. 4, No. 1 by Richard Marejka (

Constructor & Destructor Documentation

ACE_Barrier::ACE_Barrier unsigned int  count,
const ACE_TCHAR name = 0,
void *  arg = 0

Initialize the barrier to synchronize count threads.

ACE_INLINE ACE_Barrier::~ACE_Barrier void   ) 

Default dtor.

ACE_Barrier::ACE_Barrier const ACE_Barrier  )  [private]

Member Function Documentation

void ACE_Barrier::dump void   )  const

Dump the state of an object.

Reimplemented in ACE_Thread_Barrier.

void ACE_Barrier::operator= const ACE_Barrier  )  [private]

int ACE_Barrier::wait void   ) 

Block the caller until all count threads have called wait and then allow all the caller threads to continue in parallel.

Member Data Documentation


Declare the dynamic allocation hooks.

Reimplemented in ACE_Thread_Barrier.

int ACE_Barrier::count_ [protected]

Total number of threads that can be waiting at any one time.

int ACE_Barrier::current_generation_ [protected]

Either 0 or 1, depending on whether we are the first generation of waiters or the next generation of waiters.

ACE_Thread_Mutex ACE_Barrier::lock_ [protected]

Serialize access to the barrier state.

ACE_Sub_Barrier* ACE_Barrier::sub_barrier_[2] [protected]

ACE_Sub_Barrier ACE_Barrier::sub_barrier_1_ [protected]

We keep two sub_barriers, one for the first "generation" of waiters, and one for the next "generation" of waiters. This efficiently solves the problem of what to do if all the first generation waiters don't leave the barrier before one of the threads calls wait() again (i.e., starts up the next generation barrier).

ACE_Sub_Barrier ACE_Barrier::sub_barrier_2_ [protected]

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