[Gc] Should libatomic_ops be inside bdwgc?

Petter Urkedal urkedal at nbi.dk
Thu Aug 11 14:30:23 PDT 2011

On 2011-08-11, Petter Urkedal wrote:
> On 2011-08-10, Boehm, Hans wrote:
> > The libatomic_ops API should be stable at this point.  I would
> > discourage major changes, since I think it's obsoleted by C++0x and
> > C1x atomics, which can be viewed as another, much more careful,
> > iteration on libatomic_ops.
> > 
> > In the slightly longer term, bdwgc should also work with C++0x/C1x
> > atomics instead of libatomic_ops.  In the even longer term, we should
> > phase out libatomic_ops.  In the short term, we have too few
> > implementations of the C++0x atomics, and they may still be too
> > immature.
> This is really good, as it will presumably be written by the compiler
> writers.  I can see GCC already have experimental support.  I think it
> usually takes some time before new C/C++ standards are widely adopted.
> One possibility in the meantime is to make a thin wrapper within
> "libatomic_ops" which defines all atomic types up to long and
> "int_least32_t" as "struct { AO_t value; }" and implement the function
> in terms of the corresponding libatomic_ops functions.

Attached is untested sketch of what I had in mind, with various loose
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