What happens on timeslice overrun?

Marcus Brinkmann marcus.brinkmann at ruhr-uni-bochum.de
Wed Sep 21 18:29:03 CEST 2005

At Wed, 21 Sep 2005 18:09:06 +0200,
"Udo A. Steinberg" <us15 at os.inf.tu-dresden.de> wrote:
> From the example code you posted it doesn't look like you made the variable
> that is shared between the two threads "volatile". Only when that variable is
> volatile will the compiler read it from memory every time. Otherwise it is
> free to cache the variable in a register and may not see the write from the
> other thread.

I hate to distract from the real issue, but I should note that
volatile does not do what you describe here.  If you need to make sure
that you see the write of another thread, you must use a memory
barrier or another proper synchronization primitive.  "volatile" is
not the answer.

For an extensive analysis, please see for example sec. 5 in
"C++ and the Perils of Double-Checked Locking":



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