Re: [eigen] Status of non-OpenMP-based multithreading

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On Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 9:45 PM, Benoit Steiner <> wrote:
This is correct, we currently rely on c++11 threads, mutexes and condition variables to implement the thread pool use in the tensor module. The main reason to do this is that c++11 is now very commonly available, so this makes the code very portable (at least more so that having to implement the functionality for every target platform).

A lot if not all the functionality is already abstracted: for example, the Notification class wraps the std::condition_variable, and the ThreadPool hides the std::thread class. It should be possible to reimplement both classes using boost to remove the dependency on c++11. 

I guess, that one could also implement one on top of openmp.
Last but not least, all the multithreading code is guarded by a EIGEN_USE_THREADS #define. I think it's pretty reasonable to require either c++11 or boost to be able to enable this #define.

What about enabling threads by default and are rather add a EIGEN_NO_THREADS?


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