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Re: New module nproc

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: New module nproc
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 00:42:56 +0100
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Hi Paul,

> +/* Return the total number of processors.  The result is guaranteed to
> +   be at least 1.  */
> +unsigned long int
> +num_processors (void)
> +{
> +  long int nprocs = sysconf (_SC_NPROCESSORS_ONLN);
> +  if (0 < nprocs)
> +    return nprocs;
> +#endif

It appears that this code is right according to POSIX, but does not catch
the entire reality on Linux. (A comment in libgomp/config/linux/proc.c says:
"Count only the CPUs this process can use.")
And on mingw, a different API should be used. See the implementation of the
function omp_get_num_procs() in libgomp, part of GCC:
- for POSIX systems:
- for Linux:
- for mingw:

This leads to the question: Why not use the AC_OPENMP macro, and then use the

unsigned long int
num_processors (void)
#ifdef _OPENMP
  return omp_get_num_procs ();
  ... existing implementation ...

This would get the count right on Linux, mingw, and on POSIX systems, i.e.
nearly everywhere.

Also, the omp_get_num_procs() function has the advantage that you can
influence it through an environment variable, so that users have the ability
to let multithreaded programs access only, say, 3 out of 4 CPU cores, if
a responsive machine is more important to them than fast execution.


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