[ECOS] suspend/resume nesting

Thomas Koeller thomas@koeller.dyndns.org
Wed May 21 20:31:00 GMT 2003

On Wednesday, 21. May 2003 17:17, Nick Garnett wrote:

> There are no deficiencies in the implementation of these functions,
> they behave exactly how I intended them to.
> As others have pointed out, what you are trying to do with
> suspend/resume is way outside their designed purpose. Suspend is
> intended to be a meta-control over the execution of a thread. When a
> thread is suspended its sleep state is not affected and it may
> subsequently be woken up although it won't execute until resumed.

But still I do not quite understand what the benefits of limiting the
suspend count to only positive values and the resulting asymmetry
between suspend and resume are, would you bother to explain that?

> The intended users of suspend are things like debug monitors; "super
> schedulers" that suspend and resume groups of threads according to
> some higher level policy; or an exception handling mechanism that
> suspends the offending thread an passes the event off to a handler
> thread.

In all these cases, a thread other than the current one is suspended,
which is inherently dangerous because of its state being unknown. Or
isn't this the case? I cannot think of any safe use of suspend on a
thread other than the current one; am I missing something?

> What you want to do is far better expressed using semaphores, or
> mutexes or one of the many other synchronization mechanisms designed
> for the purpose.

I am only asking those questions to get a better understanding of
the design and the ideas behind it. To me it was not obvious at all
that using these functions for mutual thread sychronization is a
mistake, I was only following a design pattern I have successfully
used before. The intent was to exploit a mechanism that is in place
anyway, without having to maintain a synchronization object.

Btw., what about using Cyg_Thread::counted_sleep() and
Cyg_Thread::counted_wake()? I guess that would be a mistake as



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