[GRASS5] Are GRASS Library functions thread-safe?
Roger.Bivand at nhh.no
Wed Jun 18 02:44:20 EDT 2003
On Tue, 17 Jun 2003, zhang ji wrote:
> I want to know the GRASS library functions (from GIS
> Library, Vector Library, and Segment Library) are
> thread-safe or not?
Thread-safeness is quite new, and related to GUIs (they need to keep on
being responsive when the actual program is doing useful work). Further,
GRASS is Unix at base, where typically new discrete processes are forked
when needed, rather than being sliced into threads. I think you can safely
assume that GRASS library code is not thread-safe, because most of it was
written before threads began to be important, because GRASS uses Unix
conventions (creating new processes where needed), and because GUI in
GRASS is an afterthought, not the design principle. Experience in other
areas of scientific computing suggests that threads are a red herring when
there is serious computing to be done.
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