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Re: Threads vs. OpenMP in PSPP.

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: Threads vs. OpenMP in PSPP.
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2007 16:12:59 +0800
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On Mon, Apr 02, 2007 at 10:22:24PM -0700, Ben Pfaff wrote:
     John Darrington <address@hidden> writes:
     > Regardless of whether OpenMP or something else is used, any use of
     > underlying libraries have to be thread safe ... and  our libpspp and data
     > libraries are currently not.  They could be made safe with a few
     > synchronisations --- but the API you use for synchronisation has to be
     > available on all platforms...
     I don't think that src/libpspp or src/data use much in the way of
     static data, at least not anymore, so they would be sequentially
     thread-safe or at least close to it.
They're certainly much better than they once were.  But a quick look
$ nm -l src/ui/terminal/pspp | grep ' [abcdefg] ' | grep libpspp
08144c24 b charset      src/libpspp/i18n.c:35
08144c40 b command_name src/libpspp/message.c:38
08144c28 b convertor    src/libpspp/i18n.c:38
08144c30 b file_loc     src/libpspp/msg-locator.c:28
08144c20 b locale       src/libpspp/i18n.c:34
08144c48 b messages_disabled    src/libpspp/message.c:44
08144c38 b mfile_loc    src/libpspp/msg-locator.c:30
08144c44 b msg_handler  src/libpspp/message.c:41
08144c34 b nfile_loc    src/libpspp/msg-locator.c:30
08144c3c b serial       src/libpspp/pool.c:124
08144c4c b s_stream     src/libpspp/message.c:65
08144c5c b verbosity    src/libpspp/verbose-msg.c:30


$ nm -l src/ui/terminal/pspp | grep ' [abcdefg] ' | grep 
0813bc5c d algorithm    src/data/settings.c:70
0813ba80 d all_casefiles        src/data/casefile.c:58
0813cc00 b atoms        src/data/value-labels.c:433
0813bc30 d blanks       src/data/settings.c:48
0813ca1c b case_bytes   src/data/fastfile.c:184
0813cbec b cmd_algorithm        src/data/settings.c:69
0813bc50 d default_format       src/data/settings.c:64
0813ca24 b default_handle       src/data/file-handle-def.c:74
0813cbe2 b echo src/data/settings.c:35
0813bc49 d endcmd       src/data/settings.c:60
0813bc24 d epoch        src/data/settings.c:38
0813cbe3 b errorbreak   src/data/settings.c:40
0813ca20 b file_handles src/data/file-handle-def.c:70
0813cbe8 b global_algorithm     src/data/settings.c:68
0813bc20 d include      src/data/settings.c:36
0813ca28 b inline_file  src/data/file-handle-def.c:77
0813baa4 d input_float_format   src/data/data-in.c:72
0813baa0 d input_integer_format src/data/data-in.c:69
0813cbe0 b long_view    src/data/settings.c:31
0813bc41 d mprint       src/data/settings.c:54
0813bc3c d mxerrs       src/data/settings.c:51
0813bc44 d mxloops      src/data/settings.c:56
0813bc38 d mxwarns      src/data/settings.c:50
0813bc48 d nulline      src/data/settings.c:58
0813bb64 d output_float_format  src/data/data-out.c:72
0813bb60 d output_integer_format        src/data/data-out.c:69
0813cb20 b pow_tab      src/data/por-file-writer.c:481
0813bc40 d printback    src/data/settings.c:53
0813bc29 d route_errors_to_listing      src/data/settings.c:43
0813bc28 d route_errors_to_terminal     src/data/settings.c:42
0813cbe1 b safer_mode   src/data/settings.c:33
0813bc2a d scompress    src/data/settings.c:45
0813ca60 b styles       src/data/format.c:63
0813cbf0 b syntax       src/data/settings.c:72
0813cbe4 b testing_mode src/data/settings.c:66
0813bc2b d undefined    src/data/settings.c:47
0813bc18 d viewlength   src/data/settings.c:29
0813bc1c d viewwidth    src/data/settings.c:30
0813bc4c d workspace    src/data/settings.c:62

This list won't include static variables with local scope.

     It might be easier to adapt PSPP to a threaded design after my
     branch is merged: there's a certain amount of copy-on-write and
     reference counting functionality in this branch already, and it
     is possible that it could be made thread-safe pretty simply.
     I'll have to look it over.

I look forward to it.
     Gnulib also contains a number of functions that aren't
     thread-safe, some of which we are using now, I think.  All of it
     will need review.
There's also the readline and libiconv.  Both of which are inherently
non thread safe.  

Anyway I think at the moment multithreading is an interesting problem,
but not something that is a priority.


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