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Thank you for posting this.

I have a question about the failed ithreads experiment though. I thought the biggest problems with ithreads were that:

  • They don't use native threads; the entire program is still a single process. (I don't understand the Windows threading model, but I'm pretty sure what I said is true on Unix-like platforms.)
  • There's still way too much global state in Perl 5.
  • Cloning an interpreter and the global state is hideously expensive.

Those all seem like implementation details, where the most important point of an ithreads model is default shared nothing -- which has tremendous advantages with regard to locking semantics.

What am I missing?

Update: audreyt and Liz are right; I read the threads source code, rather than grepping through the *.c files for Pthreads calls.


In reply to Re: Parrot, threads & fears for the future. by chromatic
in thread Parrot, threads & fears for the future. by BrowserUk

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