Re: How to make this program more efficient?

James Kanze <>
Wed, 24 Sep 2008 01:04:51 -0700 (PDT)
On Sep 23, 9:28 pm, peter koch <> wrote:


In your set function, without the locks, the intructions
can be reordered either at runtime on a SMP architecture
or by the compiler.

Does my use of the "volatile" keyword not prohibit that?

I don't believe so. Extensions might give stricter guarantees
(and Microsoft does so, if I understand correctly).

Microsoft has proposed such an extension to the meaning of
volatile, and presumable will implement it in future versions of
the compiler, but the version I have available (version 14, from
Visual Studio 8) doesn't implement any additional guarantees for
volatile. In fact, it doesn't even prevent reordering or fusing
of successive accesses to a volatile variable. Which is IMHO
contrary to the intent of the standard (but the actual
normative specification is "implementation defined"), but almost

But volatile is not needed as long as you have a memory
barrier on the pointer.

Provided the compiler knows this. Memory barriers are necessary
at the hardware level, but you still have to prevent code
movement by the compiler. This can be done in two ways:

 -- the memory barriers (except that I think they're called
    fences by Intel) are implemented in a system routine (e.g.
    the Interlocked... functions under Windows, or most of the
    threading functions under either Windows or Unix), and the
    compiler "knows" about this (required by Posix), or

 -- the memory barriers are implemented in embedded assembler,
    and you've taken steps to prevent code movement by the
    compiler accross this assembler (or verified that the
    compiler doesn't do it).

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