Re: Singleton_pattern and Thread Safety

James Kanze <>
Mon, 13 Dec 2010 02:29:35 -0800 (PST)
On Dec 11, 3:05 am, Leigh Johnston <> wrote:

On 11/12/2010 02:38, Leigh Johnston wrote:

On 11/12/2010 02:23, Leigh Johnston wrote:

On 10/12/2010 23:31, Ian Collins wrote:

On 12/11/10 10:08 AM, Leigh Johnston wrote:

On 10/12/2010 20:39, Ian Collins wrote:

On 12/11/10 09:21 AM, Leigh Johnston wrote:


Normally I instantiate all my singletons up front (before

That's really the only acceptable solution. (And to answer
Leigh's other point: you don't use singletons in plugins.)

but I decided to quickly roll a new singleton
template class just for the fun of it (thread-safe Meyers

namespace lib
template <typename T>
class singleton
    static T& instance()
        if (sInstancePtr != 0)
            return static_cast<T&>(*sInstancePtr);
        { // locked scope
            lib::lock lock1(sLock);
            static T sInstance;
            { // locked scope
                lib::lock lock2(sLock); // second lock should emit memory barrier here
                sInstancePtr = &sInstance;
        return static_cast<T&>(*sInstancePtr);
    static lib::lockable sLock;
    static singleton* sInstancePtr;

template <typename T>
lib::lockable singleton<T>::sLock;
template <typename T>
singleton<T>* singleton<T>::sInstancePtr;

Even though a memory barrier is emitted for a specific
implementation of my lockable class it obviously still
relies on the C++ compiler not re-ordering stores across
a library I/O call (acquiring the lock) but it works fine
for me at least (VC++). I could mention volatile but
I better not as that would start a long argument. Roll on

Sorry I was worrying over nothing; of course the C++ compiler
will not reorder a pointer assignment to before the creation
of the object it points to ..

Really? What makes you think that? (And of course, even if the
compiler doesn't reorder, the hardware might.)

The code posted above is broken on so many counts, it's hard to
know where to start. It is basically just the double checked
locking anti-pattern, known to not work. (See, for example,
With, in addition, the fact that there doesn't seem to be
anything which guarantees that sLock is constructed before it is

no volatile needed! :)

In C++, the volatile wouldn't buy you anything; some versions of
Visual Studios do extend the meaning so that it could be used,
but this was (I believe) a temporary solution; presumably,
future versions will adopt the definition of volatile adopted in

James Kanze

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