cds  2.1.0
CDS: Concurrent Data Structures library

This library is a collection of lock-free and lock-based fine-grained algorithms of data structures like maps, queues, list etc. The library contains implementation of well-known data structures and memory reclamation schemas for modern processor architectures. The library is written on C++11.

The main namespace for the library is cds. To see the full list of container's class go to modules tab.

Supported processor architectures and operating systems (OS) are:

  • x86 [32bit] Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, MinGW
  • amd64 (x86-64) [64bit] Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, MinGW
  • ia64 (itanium) [64bit] Linux, HP-UX 11.23, HP-UX 11.31
  • sparc [64bit] Sun Solaris
  • Mac OS X amd64
  • ppc64 Linux

Supported compilers:

  • GCC 4.8+
  • Clang 3.3+
  • MS Visual C++ 2013 Update 4 and above
  • Intel C++ Compiler 15

For each lock-free data structure the CDS library presents several implementation based on published papers. For example, there are several implementations of queue, each of them is divided by memory reclamation schema used. However, any implementation supports common interface for the type of data structure.

To use any lock-free data structure, the following are needed:

  • atomic operation library conforming with C++11 memory model. The libcds can be built with std::atomic, boost::atomic or its own atomic implementation
  • safe memory reclamation (SMR) or garbage collecting (GC) algorithm.

SMR is the main part of lock-free data structs. The SMR solves the problem of safe memory reclamation that is one of the main problem for lock-free programming. The library contains the implementations of several light-weight memory reclamation schemes:

  • M.Michael's Hazard Pointer - see cds::gc::HP, cds::gc::DHP for more explanation
  • User-space Read-Copy Update (RCU) - see cds::urcu namespace
  • there is an empty cds::gc::nogc "GC" for append-only containers that do not support item reclamation.

Many GC requires a support from the thread. The library does not define the threading model you must use, it is developed to support various ones; about incorporating cds library to your threading model see cds::threading.

How to use

The main part of lock-free programming is SMR, so-called garbage collector, for safe memory reclamation. The library provides several types of SMR schemes. One of widely used and well-tested is Hazard Pointer memory reclamation schema discovered by M. Micheal and implemented in the library as cds::gc::HP class. Usually, the application is based on only one type of GC.

In the next example we mean that you use Hazard Pointer cds::gc::HP - based containers.

First, in your code you should initialize cds library and Hazard Pointer in main() function:

#include <cds/init.h> // for cds::Initialize and cds::Terminate
#include <cds/gc/hp.h> // for cds::HP (Hazard Pointer) SMR
int main(int argc, char** argv)
// Initialize libcds
// Initialize Hazard Pointer singleton
cds::gc::HP hpGC;
// If main thread uses lock-free containers
// the main thread should be attached to libcds infrastructure
// Now you can use HP-based containers in the main thread
// Terminate libcds

Second, any of your thread should be attached to cds infrastructure.

#include <cds/gc/hp.h>
int myThreadEntryPoint(void *)
// Attach the thread to libcds infrastructure
// Now you can use HP-based containers in the thread
// Detach thread when terminating

After that, you can use cds lock-free containers safely without any external synchronization.

In some cases, you should work in an external thread. For example, your application is a plug-in for a server that calls your code in a thread that has been created by the server. In this case, you should use persistent mode of garbage collecting. In this mode, the thread attaches to the GC singleton only if it is not attached yet and never call detaching:

#include <cds/gc/hp.h>
int plugin_entry_point()
// Attach the thread if it is not attached yet
if ( !cds::threading::Manager::isThreadAttached() )
// Do some work with HP-related containers
How to build

The cds is mostly header-only library. Only small part of library related to GC core functionality should be compiled.

The test projects depends on the following static library from boost:

  • boost.thread
  • boost.date_time
Windows build

Prerequisites: for building cds library and test suite you need:

  • perl installed; PATH environment variable should contain full path to Perl binary. Perl is used to generate large dictionary for testing purpose;
  • boost library 1.51 and above. You should create environment variable BOOST_PATH containing full path to boost root directory (for example, C:\libs\boost_1_57_0).

Open solution file cds\projects\vcX\cds.sln where vcX is the version of Microsoft Visual C++ you use: vc12 for MS VC 2013 Update 4, vc14 for MS VC 2015. The solution contains cds project and a lot of test projects. Just build the library using solution.

Warning: the solution depends on BOOST_PATH environment variable that specifies full path to boost library root directory. The test projects search boost libraries in:

  • for 32bit: $(BOOST_PATH)/stage/lib, $(BOOST_PATH)/stage32/lib, and $(BOOST_PATH)/bin.
  • for 64bit: $(BOOST_PATH)/stage64/lib and $(BOOST_PATH)/bin.
*NIX build

For Unix-like systems GCC and Clang compilers are supported. Use GCC 4.8+ compiler or Clang 3.3+ to build cds library. The distributive contains makefile and script in build directory. The build/sample directory contains sample scripts for different operating systems and processor architectures. The script supports the following options:

  • -c toolset - Toolset name, possible values: gcc (default), clang, icc
  • -x compiler - C++ compiler name (e.g. g++, g++-4.5 and so on)
  • -p arch - processor architecture; possible values for arch are: x86, amd64 (x86_64), sparc, ia64, ppc64
  • -o OStype - OS family; possible values for OStype are: linux, sunos (solaris), hpux, mingw
  • -D define additional defines
  • -b bits - bits to build, accepts 64, 32
  • -l "options" - extra linker options (in quotes)
  • -z "options" - extra compiler options (in quotes)
  • –with-boost path - path to boost include
  • –debug-cxx-options "options" - extra compiler options for debug target
  • –debug-ld-options "options" - extra linker options for debug target
  • –release-cxx-options "options" - extra compiler options for release target
  • –release-ld-options "optons" - extra linker options for release target
  • –clean - clean all before building
  • –debug-test - make unit test in debug mode; by defalt release unit test generated
  • –amd64-use-128bit - compile with supporting 128bit (16byte) CAS on amd64 (for am64 only)
Important for GCC compiler: all your projects that use libcds must be compiled with -fno-strict-aliasing compiler flag.

cds 2.1.0 Developed by Maxim Khizhinsky aka khizmax 2007 - 2015
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