parking_lot 0.1.3

Compact and efficient synchronization primitives. Also provides an API for creating custom synchronization primitives.
parking_lot
============

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This library provides implementations of `Mutex`, `RwLock`, `Condvar` and
`Once` that are smaller, faster and more flexible than those in the Rust
standard library. It also exposes a low-level API for creating your own
efficient synchronization primitives.

## Features

The primitives provided by this library have several advantages over those
in the Rust standard library:

1. `Mutex`, `Condvar` and `Once` only require 1 byte of storage space, and
   `RwLock` only requires 1 word of storage space. On the other hand the
   standard library primitives require a dynamically allocated `Box` to hold
   OS-specific synchronization primitives. The small size of `Mutex` in
   particular encourages the use of fine-grained locks to increase
   parallelism.
2. Since they consist of just a single atomic variable, have constant
   initializers and don't need destructors, these primitives can be used as
    `static` global variables. The standard library primitives require
   dynamic initialization and thus need to be lazily initialized with
   `lazy_static!`.
3. Uncontended lock acquisition and release is done through fast inline
   paths which only require a single atomic operation.
4. Microcontention (a contended lock with a short critical section) is
   efficiently handled by spinning a few times while trying to acquire a
   lock.
5. The locks are adaptive and will suspend a thread after a few failed spin
   attempts. This makes the locks suitable for both long and short critical
   sections.

## The parking lot

To keep these primitives small, all thread queuing and suspending
functionality is offloaded to the *parking lot*. The idea behind this is
based on the Webkit [`WTF::ParkingLot`]
(https://webkit.org/blog/6161/locking-in-webkit/) class, which essentially
consists of a hash table mapping of lock addresses to queues of parked
(sleeping) threads. The Webkit parking lot was itself inspired by Linux
[futexes](http://man7.org/linux/man-pages/man2/futex.2.html), but it is more
powerful since it allows invoking callbacks while holding a queue lock.

*Parking* refers to suspending the thread while simultaneously enqueuing it
on a queue keyed by some address. *Unparking* refers to dequeuing a thread
from a queue keyed by some address and resuming it. The parking lot API
consists of just 3 functions:

```rust,ignore
unsafe fn park(key: usize,
               validate: &mut FnMut() -> bool,
               before_sleep: &mut FnMut(),
               timeout: Option<Instant>)
               -> bool
```

This function performs the following steps:

1. Lock the queue associated with `key`.
2. Call `validate`, if it returns `false`, unlock the queue and return.
3. Add the current thread to the queue.
4. Unlock the queue.
5. Call `before_sleep`.
6. Sleep until we are unparked or `timeout` is reached.
7. Return `true` if we were unparked by another thread, `false` otherwise.

```rust,ignore
unsafe fn unpark_one(key: usize,
                     callback: &mut FnMut(UnparkResult))
                     -> UnparkResult
```

This function will unpark a single thread from the queue associated with
`key`. The `callback` function is invoked while holding the queue lock but
before the thread is unparked. The `UnparkResult` indicates whether the
queue was empty and, if not, whether there are still threads remaining in
the queue.

```rust,ignore
unsafe fn unpark_all(key: usize) -> usize
```

This function will unpark all threads in the queue associated with `key`. It
returns the number of threads that were unparked.

## Building custom synchronization primitives

Building custom synchronization primitives is very simple since
`parking_lot` takes care of all the hard parts for you. The most commmon
case for a custom primitive would be to integrate a `Mutex` inside another
data type. Since a mutex only requires 2 bits, it can share space with other
data. For example, one could create an `ArcMutex` type that combines the
atomic reference count and the two mutex bits in the same atomic word.

## Nightly vs stable

There are a few restrictions when using this library on stable Rust:

- `Mutex`, `Condvar` and `Once` will be 1 word instead of 1 byte.
- You will have to use `lazy_static!` to statically initialize `Mutex`,
  `Condvar` and `RwLock` types instead of `const fn`.
- Slightly less efficient code may be generated for `compare_exchange`
  operations. This should not affect architectures like x86 though.

## Usage

Add this to your `Cargo.toml`:

```toml
[dependencies]
parking_lot = "0.1"
```

and this to your crate root:

```rust
extern crate parking_lot;
```

To enable nightly-only features, add this to your `Cargo.toml` instead:

```toml
[dependencies]
parking_lot = {version = "0.1", features = ["nightly"]}
```

## License

Licensed under either of

 * Apache License, Version 2.0, ([LICENSE-APACHE](LICENSE-APACHE) or http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0)
 * MIT license ([LICENSE-MIT](LICENSE-MIT) or http://opensource.org/licenses/MIT)

at your option.

### Contribution

Unless you explicitly state otherwise, any contribution intentionally submitted
for inclusion in the work by you, as defined in the Apache-2.0 license, shall be dual licensed as above, without any
additional terms or conditions.