package batteries

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Definition of concurrency primitives.

  • author David Teller
type lock

The light-weight type of a lock, i.e. a construction which may be used to guarantee that a section will not be interrupted by another thread.

This light-weight type is independent of the underlying locking mechanism and can be used if you do not know whether your code will run with vmthreads, Posix threads, coThreads, etc.

val create : enter:(unit -> unit) -> leave:(unit -> unit) -> lock

Create a lock from a pair of locking/unlocking functions

  • parameter enter

    Enter critical section.

  • parameter leave

    Leave critical section. .

val nolock : lock

A lock which does nothing.

val synchronize : (unit -> lock) -> ('a -> 'b) -> 'a -> 'b

synchronize locker f returns a function f' which behaves as f but whose executions are protected by one lock obtained from locker. The same lock will be reused for all subsequent uses of f'.

For instance, synchronize Mutex.make f is a new function whose executions will by synchronized by a new lock. Conversely, synchronize (const my_lock) f is a new function whose executions will be synchronized by an existing lock my_lock.

val sync : lock -> ('a -> 'b) -> 'a -> 'b

Specialized version of synchronized.

sync lock f behaves as synchronize (const lock) f but slightly faster

val compose : lock -> lock -> lock

Compose two lock systems into a third lock system.

module type BaseLock = sig ... end

A signature for modules which implement locking.

module type Lock = sig ... end
module MakeLock (M : BaseLock) : Lock with type t = M.t
module NoLock : Lock

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