Re: Efficient way to synchronize bool variables

"Igor Tandetnik" <>
Wed, 11 Nov 2009 08:20:38 -0500
Faisal wrote:

In my program there are boolean vaiables which are shared between a
number of threads.
In the below code m_bRunning and m_bStopped are shared variables. The
function Execute() can be called from any of the threads.I want to
synchronize the accessing of the variable.
void OnStart()
m_bStopped = false;
m_bRunning = true;
void OnStop()
m_bRunning = false;
void Execute()
if( m_bRunning )
// RunningTask()
if( !m_bStopped )
// FinalizeTask()
m_bStopped = true;
Does simply declaring the variables as volatile would solve my
Or do i need interlockedXXX functions here.

I suspect neither will help, but it depends on precisely what "your =
problem" is that you are trying to solve. For example, what should =
happen if m_bRunning turns false while RunningTask is executing? Is it =
OK to run RunningTask in parallel with FinalizeTask? Is it OK for =
FinalizeTask to be run more than once by multiple threads (many threads =
can enter Execute at once and see =

What is the right way to solve this type of problems?

I'd start with _formulating_ it.
With best wishes,
    Igor Tandetnik

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