C++ program using <thread>

André Bleau Andre_Bleau@hotmail.com
Fri Jun 11 01:14:59 GMT 2021

Hi all,

I have a small C++ program using <thread>. Mainly, I have a series of long tasks for which I can use a chosen number of threads. I create a given number of instances of the std::thread class, each executing the same function but with different data. After launching the threads, my program waits for the results by calling thread.join() on each thread. Some threads finish sooner than others, depending on the data they process.

I have 16 cores with hyperthreading, so 32 virtual cores. I tried a big run with 63 threads.

If I compile as a Cygwin program with g++ 10.2.0, when the program runs with 63 threads the CPU load for the program never exceeds 6 or 7%. It remains constants when some of the threads finish, unless the number of threads remaining goes down to about 4.

If I compile as a Mingw program with x86_64-w64-mingw32-c++ 10.2.0, when the program runs with 63 threads the CPU load for the program reaches 98% then gradually diminishes as threads finish their task.

Needless to say, the total running time for the Mingw version is much shorter.

So, is there a limit to the CPU load that a threaded Cygwin program can get? If yes, how can it be changed?


- André Bleau

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