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vtkCriticalSection Class Reference

#include <vtkCriticalSection.h>

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Detailed Description

critical section locking class

vtkCriticalSection allows the locking of variables which are accessed through different threads. This header file also defines vtkSimpleCriticalSection which is not a subclass of vtkObject. The API is identical to that of vtkMutexLock, and the behavior is identical as well, except on Windows 9x/NT platforms. The only difference on these platforms is that vtkMutexLock is more flexible, in that it works across processes as well as across threads, but also costs more, in that it evokes a 600-cycle x86 ring transition. The vtkCriticalSection provides a higher-performance equivalent (on Windows) but won't work across processes. Since it is unclear how, in vtk, an object at the vtk level can be shared across processes in the first place, one should use vtkCriticalSection unless one has a very good reason to use vtkMutexLock. If higher-performance equivalents for non-Windows platforms (Irix, SunOS, etc) are discovered, they should replace the implementations in this class

Definition at line 103 of file vtkCriticalSection.h.

Public Types

typedef vtkObject Superclass

Public Member Functions

virtual const char * GetClassName ()
virtual int IsA (const char *type)
void PrintSelf (ostream &os, vtkIndent indent)
void Lock (void)
void Unlock (void)

Static Public Member Functions

static vtkCriticalSectionNew ()
static int IsTypeOf (const char *type)
static vtkCriticalSectionSafeDownCast (vtkObject *o)

Protected Member Functions

 vtkCriticalSection ()

Protected Attributes

vtkSimpleCriticalSection SimpleCriticalSection

Member Typedef Documentation

typedef vtkObject vtkCriticalSection::Superclass

Reimplemented from vtkObject.

Definition at line 108 of file vtkCriticalSection.h.

Constructor & Destructor Documentation

vtkCriticalSection::vtkCriticalSection  )  [inline, protected]

Definition at line 119 of file vtkCriticalSection.h.

Member Function Documentation

static vtkCriticalSection* vtkCriticalSection::New  )  [static]

Create an object with Debug turned off, modified time initialized to zero, and reference counting on.

Reimplemented from vtkObject.

virtual const char* vtkCriticalSection::GetClassName  )  [virtual]

Reimplemented from vtkObject.

static int vtkCriticalSection::IsTypeOf const char *  type  )  [static]

Return 1 if this class type is the same type of (or a subclass of) the named class. Returns 0 otherwise. This method works in combination with vtkTypeRevisionMacro found in vtkSetGet.h.

Reimplemented from vtkObject.

virtual int vtkCriticalSection::IsA const char *  type  )  [virtual]

Return 1 if this class is the same type of (or a subclass of) the named class. Returns 0 otherwise. This method works in combination with vtkTypeRevisionMacro found in vtkSetGet.h.

Reimplemented from vtkObject.

static vtkCriticalSection* vtkCriticalSection::SafeDownCast vtkObject o  )  [static]

Reimplemented from vtkObject.

void vtkCriticalSection::PrintSelf ostream &  os,
vtkIndent  indent

Methods invoked by print to print information about the object including superclasses. Typically not called by the user (use Print() instead) but used in the hierarchical print process to combine the output of several classes.

Reimplemented from vtkObject.

void vtkCriticalSection::Lock void   )  [inline]

Lock the vtkCriticalSection

Definition at line 126 of file vtkCriticalSection.h.

References vtkSimpleCriticalSection::Lock(), and SimpleCriticalSection.

void vtkCriticalSection::Unlock void   )  [inline]

Unlock the vtkCriticalSection

Definition at line 131 of file vtkCriticalSection.h.

References SimpleCriticalSection, and vtkSimpleCriticalSection::Unlock().

Member Data Documentation

vtkSimpleCriticalSection vtkCriticalSection::SimpleCriticalSection [protected]

Definition at line 118 of file vtkCriticalSection.h.

Referenced by Lock(), and Unlock().

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