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SubjectRe: debate on 700 threads vs asynchronous code
Randy.Dunlap wrote:
> On Sat, 25 Jan 2003, Matti Aarnio wrote:
>
> | On Fri, Jan 24, 2003 at 04:53:46PM -0600, Corey Minyard wrote:
> | ...
> | > I would disagree. One thread per connection is easier to conceptually
> | > understand. In my experience, an event-driven model (which is what you
> | > end up with if you use one or a few threads) is actually easier to
> | > correctly implement and it tends to make your code more modular and
> | > portable.
> |
> | An old thing from early annals of computer science (I browsed Knuth's
> | "The Art" again..) is called Coroutine.
> |
> | Gives you "one thread per connection" programming model, but without
> | actual multiple scheduling threads in the kernel side. ...
> | Doing coroutine library all in portable C (by means of setjmp()/longjmp())
> | is possible, but not very efficient. A bit of assembly helps a lot.

There's also an elegant implementation that uses switch statements
or computed gotos; see http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/coroutines.html
I'm using it. It's a bit limited, but hey, it works for me.

> Davide Libenzi (epoll) likes and discusses coroutines on one of his
> web pages: http://www.xmailserver.org/linux-patches/nio-improve.html
> (search for /coroutine/)

IMHO coroutines are harder to use than either threads or nonblocking I/O.
Then again, I don't like Scheme; many things in this world are a matter of taste.
- Dan

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