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Atomic operations.

IMPORTANT: If you are not an expert in concurrent lockless programming, you should not be using any functions in this file. You should be protecting your data structures with full mutexes instead.

Seriously, here be dragons!

You can find out a little more about lockless programming and the subtle issues that can arise here:

There's also lots of good information here:

These operations may or may not actually be implemented using processor specific atomic operations. When possible they are implemented as true processor specific atomic operations. When that is not possible the are implemented using locks that do use the available atomic operations.

All of the atomic operations that modify memory are full memory barriers.







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