[Openmcl-devel] [openmcl-devel] atomic-incf
David L. Rager
ragerdl at cs.utexas.edu
Sun Oct 18 15:50:54 PDT 2009
One more hopefully quick question about atomic-incf/atomic-decf:
Can the return value of an atomic-incf/decf be relied upon as the value
right after that particular incf occurrs? Given it's a compare and swap,
I'm guessing that the answer to this question is "yes".
Another way to ask the same question is, if I perform two atomic-incf's in a
row (i.e., as simultaneously as the x86 platform will allow me), will one of
the atomic-incf calls return the intermediate value, and the other
atomic-incf return the newest value?
A long time ago, in some thread far far away:
(defvar *x* 3)
In a current time, with two concurrent threads
(atomic-incf *x*) ; sets *x* to 4, returns 4
(atomic-incf *x*) ; sets *x* to 5, returns 5
Of course if Thread B occurred before Thread A, the B transcript would have
"sets *x* to 4, returns 4" and the A transcript would also change to use the
Hopefully between my two versions of the question, my real question is
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