Link: Threads Cannot be Implemented as a Library

January 1, 2007

I've already linked to this in passing, but I'm going to rerun it as an explicit link. Threads Cannot be Implemented as a Library by Hans Boehm makes the argument in its title:

We provide specific arguments that a pure library approach, in which the compiler is designed independently of threading issues, cannot guarantee correctness of the resulting code.

There is also a discussion of this paper at Lambda the Ultimate that may be interesting reading. On a quick skim of the LtU discussion thread, this Usenet article jumps out as a useful summary of the entire volatile and multiprocessor programming issue, ending up with the conclusion that using volatile is both unnecessary and harmful in shared-state concurrent programming.

Written on 01 January 2007.
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