Module futures::task [] [src]

Tasks used to drive a future computation

It's intended over time a particular operation (such as servicing an HTTP request) will involve many futures. This entire operation, however, can be thought of as one unit, as the entire result is essentially just moving through one large state machine.

A "task" is the unit of abstraction for what is driving this state machine and tree of futures forward. A task is used to poll futures and schedule futures with, and has utilities for sharing data between tasks and handles for notifying when a future is ready. Each task also has its own set of task-local data generated by task_local!.

Note that libraries typically should not manage tasks themselves, but rather leave that to event loops and other "executors" (see the executor module), or by using the wait method to create and execute a task directly on the current thread.

More information about the task model can be found online at


There is an important bare function in this module: current. The current function returns a handle to the currently running task, panicking if one isn't present. This handle is then used to later notify the task that it's ready to make progress through the Task::notify method.



A key for task-local data stored in a future's task.


A handle to a "task", which represents a single lightweight "thread" of execution driving a future to completion.

UnparkEvent [

A set insertion to trigger upon unpark.



A concurrent set which allows for the insertion of usize values.



Returns a handle to the current task to call notify at a later date.


Initialize the futures task system.

with_unpark_event [

For the duration of the given callback, add an "unpark event" to be triggered when the task handle is used to unpark the task.