May 26, 2018

Atomic operations access library

This package provides semi-portable access to hardware provided atomic memory operations. These might allow you to write code

  • That does more interesting things in signal handlers
  • Makes more effective use of multiprocessors by allowing you to write clever lock-free code. Note that such code is very difficult to get right, and will unavoidably be less portable than lock-based code. It is also not always faster than lock-based code. But it may occasionally be a large performance win
  • To experiment with new and much better thread programming paradigms, etc.

For details and licensing restrictions, please see the documentation.

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