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  1. 02 Nov, 1999 1 commit
    • simonmar's avatar
      [project @ 1999-11-02 15:05:38 by simonmar] · f6692611
      simonmar authored
      This commit adds in the current state of our SMP support.  Notably,
      this allows the new way 's' to be built, providing support for running
      multiple Haskell threads simultaneously on top of any pthreads
      implementation, the idea being to take advantage of commodity SMP
      boxes.
      
      Don't expect to get much of a speedup yet; due to the excessive
      locking required to synchronise access to mutable heap objects, you'll
      see a slowdown in most cases, even on a UP machine.  The best I've
      seen is a 1.6-1.7 speedup on an example that did no locking (two
      optimised nfibs in parallel).
      
      	- new RTS -N flag specifies how many pthreads to start.
      
      	- new driver -smp flag, tells the driver to use way 's'.
      
      	- new compiler -fsmp option (not for user comsumption)
      	  tells the compiler not to generate direct jumps to
      	  thunk entry code.
      
      	- largely rewritten scheduler
      
      	- _ccall_GC is now done by handing back a "token" to the
      	  RTS before executing the ccall; it should now be possible
      	  to execute blocking ccalls in the current thread while
      	  allowing the RTS to continue running Haskell threads as
      	  normal.
      
      	- you can only call thread-safe C libraries from a way 's'
      	  build, of course.
      
      Pthread support is still incomplete, and weird things (including
      deadlocks) are likely to happen.
      f6692611
  2. 25 Aug, 1999 1 commit
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      [project @ 1999-08-25 16:11:43 by simonmar] · c6ab4bfa
      simonmar authored
      Support for thread{WaitRead,WaitWrite,Delay}.  These should behave
      identically to the 3.02 implementations.
      
      We now have the virtual timer on during all program runs, which ticks
      at 50Hz by default.  This is used to implement threadDelay, so you
      won't get any better granularity than the tick frequency
      unfortunately.  It remains to be seen whether using the virtual timer
      will have a measurable impact on performance for non-threadDelaying
      programs.
      
      All operations in the I/O subsystem should now be non-blocking with
      respect to other running Haskell threads.  It remains to be seen
      whether this will have a measurable performance impact on
      non-concurrent programs (probably not).
      c6ab4bfa
  3. 05 Feb, 1999 1 commit
  4. 26 Jan, 1999 1 commit
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      [project @ 1999-01-26 11:12:41 by simonm] · ed4cd6d4
      simonm authored
      - Add Stable Names
      
      - Stable pointers and stable names are now both provided by the
        "Stable" module in ghc/lib/exts.  Documentation is updated, and Foriegn
        still exports the stable pointer operations for backwards compatibility.
      ed4cd6d4
  5. 21 Jan, 1999 1 commit
  6. 13 Jan, 1999 1 commit
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      [project @ 1999-01-13 17:25:37 by simonm] · 4391e44f
      simonm authored
      Added a generational garbage collector.
      
      The collector is reliable but fairly untuned as yet.  It works with an
      arbitrary number of generations: use +RTS -G<gens> to change the
      number of generations used (default 2).
      
      Stats: +RTS -Sstderr is quite useful, but to really see what's going
      on compile the RTS with -DDEBUG and use +RTS -D32.
      
      ARR_PTRS removed - it wasn't used anywhere.
      
      Sanity checking improved:
      	- free blocks are now spammed when sanity checking is turned on
      	- a check for leaking blocks is performed after each GC.
      4391e44f
  7. 02 Dec, 1998 1 commit