While the concept of multithreading may be straightforward, code with threads is responsible for some wicked bugs, which can be nearly impossible to reproduce or track down. This makes writing bullet-proof code using threads a tall order. Let’s look a little deeper into why that is. First, you need better than average knowledge about the […]
Qt 3D makes heavy use of threads, as a way to spread work across CPU cores and maximize throughput, but also to minimize the chances of blocking the main thread. Though nice on paper, the last case eventually leads to added complexity. Sometimes, there are just one too many threads. In the past, we’ve been […]
In Part 1 of this series we solved the problem of using mmap() to load large set of data into RAM all at once. The catch was that it still took too long. In this blog, I describe how we solve this.
We got a call from a bioinformatics group at a European university. The problem appeared simple, how to usemmap() to load a large data set into RAM all at once. OK, no problem I thought...
If you are using Qt and you need to run some code in a separate thread, chances are that you are using QThread for the job. QThread is a very old class in Qt, making its first appearance in Qt 2.2, released on the 22nd of September 2000. Its responsibility is to start a new […]
In the last days, I was once again trying to convince fellow programmers that there’s no such thing as a “benign” data race. This is a recurring theme, in particular fueled by the docs of MSVC and Intel x86, which basically seem to say “you don’t need atomics here”. I perused the excellent papers Benign […]
This talk introduces you to the fundamentals of threading in Qt. We will discuss how threads, QObjects and events interact together; how a thread affinity of a QObject has a play in signals and slots connections; and how you can leverage the modern C++11 threading capabilities in your Qt application. Cross-platform thread support was introduced […]
You’ve heard of valgrind before, its default tool (memcheck) is such a life saver, being able to detect memory-related bugs in your code (leaks, double deletions, use of deleted memory, use of uninitialized memory, etc.). Well, it turns out that valgrind also comes with a tool to detect race conditions between threads, in multithreaded applications. […]