Re: GThreads and GThreadPool help for a dummy

On Sat, 24 Jul 2010 10:16:09 +0200 richard wrote:
> And, while I'm here, a couple of relevant guidelines to writing
> multi-threaded code:

There's another that you've missed:

 - Use as few threads as possible.

Basically, threads add overhead. You get benefit only up to the point where there are as many threads as you have independent CPU cores. Beyond that your performance drops off as compared to a well structured idle loop, and the readability isn't noticeably better either.

If you want to sum the results of foo(x[i]) over an array of N elements, where N is large and foo() is simple, I wouldn't use threads. If this is a background task and you want GTK to remain responsive, I would launch exactly ONE thread to do the summing. If foo() is complex, I would split N into M ranges, where M is roughly the number of CPU cores you expect to have, and launch M threads. Only if N is approximately equal to M would I take the approach being discussed here.


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