[][src]Crate lockfree

A crate providing lock-free data structures and a solution for the "ABA problem" related to pointers.

The incinerator is the API which tries to solve the "ABA problem" when related to pointer dropping. With incinerator, every thread has a local garbage list. Dropping a shared object consist of first removing the pointer from the shared context, then adding the pointer to the garbage list. A "pause counter" is checked. If the counter is zero, then the whole list is deleted, otherwise, the list will only be deleted later.

This counter is counting how many times the incinerator was asked to "pause". A thread may pause the incinerator to load and use the shared pointer, and this is why it is important to remove the pointer from the shared context before deleting. Previous version of lockfree used a global incinerator. Currently, a per-object incinerator is used.

This crate is under development, and there are plans for some structures. We have:

Performance Guide

In order to achieve a better time performance with lockfree, it is recommended to avoid global locking stuff like heap allocation.



Collection of lock-free FIFO channels. These channels are fully asynchronous and their receivers do not provide any sort of wait-for-message operation. It would be blocking otherwise, thus not lock-free. If you need such a mechanism, consider using this channel with a Condvar or using things like thread::park (not lock-free).


Incinerator API. The purpouse of this module is to solve the "ABA problem" related to pointers while still being lock-free. See documentation of the inner type for more details.


A lock-free map.


Provides convenient re-exports.


A lock-free queue.


A shared removable value. No extra allocation is necessary.


A lock-free set.


A lock-free stack.


A wait-free per-object Thread Local Storage (TLS).