Double checked locking pattern article on aristeia

nospam <nospam@nospam.nospam>
Wed, 17 Aug 2011 13:51:38 CST
There is something in this article that puzzles me

The article says the following code may not work correctly in a
multi-threaded environment for two reasons. The code has volatile all
over the place to prevent the compiler from re-ordering code. The
idea is to avoid acquiring the (expensive) Lock every time you need to
access the singleton.

class Singleton {
  static volatile Singleton* volatile instance();
  static volatile Singleton* volatile pInstance;

// from the implementation file
volatile Singleton* volatile Singleton::pInstance = 0;

volatile Singleton* volatile Singleton::instance() {
  if (pInstance == 0) {
     Lock lock;
     if (pInstance == 0) {
        volatile Singleton* volatile temp =
              new volatile Singleton;
        pInstance = temp;
  return pInstance;

The first reason given for why this code may fail in a multi-threaded
environment is given on page 10
First, the Standard?s constraints on observable behavior are only for
an abstract machine defined by the Standard, and that abstract machine
has no notion of multiple threads of execution. As a result, though
the Standard prevents compilers from reordering reads and writes to
volatile data within a thread, it imposes no constraints at all on
such reorderings across threads. At least that?s how most compiler
implementers interpret things. As a result, in practice, many
compilers may generate thread-unsafe code from the source above.
<end quote>

I can't figure out what the above quoted text is getting at. Can
anyone explain? What does "re-ordering across threads" mean?

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