Re: SetThreadIdealProcessor()?

Tom Handal <>
Mon, 14 Jun 2010 22:54:50 -0700 (PDT)
On Jun 13, 4:32 pm, Vincent Fatica <> wrote:

On Sun, 13 Jun 2010 23:01:19 +0100, Stephen Wolstenholme

<> wrote:

|On 13 Jun 2010 12:43:54 -0400, Vincent Fatica|<> =


|>of SetThreadIdealProcessor(), the docs say:
|>>dwIdealProcessor [in]
|>>The number of the preferred processor for the thread. This value is ze=

ro-based. If this parameter is MAXIMUM_PROCESSORS, the function returns the=
 current ideal processor without changing it.

|>>Return Value
|>>If the function succeeds, the return value is the previous preferred p=


|>But this code (VC9, XPSP3) gives the results below it:
|>>for ( INT i=0; i<10; i++ )
|>> wprintf(L"%u ", SetThreadIdealProcessor(GetCurrentThread(=


|>1 0 3 2 1 0 3 2 1 0 [yes, they cycle]
|>What's up with that?
|It suggests you are starting multiple threads on a four processor
|I start eight threads on a two processor machine and get returns 0 1 0
|1 0 1 0 1.

It's a 4-processor machine, but I'm not starting any threads.

#include <windows.h>
#include <stdio.h>
INT wmain ( INT argc, WCHAR **argv )
        for ( INT i=0; i<10; i++ )
                wprintf(L"%u ", SetThreadIdealProcessor(G=


        return 0;


g:\projects\test\release> test.exe
0 3 2 1 0 3 2 1 0 3
 - Vince

Windows uses a round-robin scheduling algorithm. My guess is that
each time you call this function, the thread is being re-assigned to
the next available processor. Since the scheduler works in a round-
robin fashion, you see this effect. This is my educated guess :-)

Hope this helps...

Tom Handal

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