[vtkusers] thread safety
berk.geveci at kitware.com
Tue Sep 4 10:36:32 EDT 2012
Currently there are a lot of pitfalls in using VTK objects in a
multi-threaded application. I am working on addressing some of them and I
will also create a document describing what is and what is not possible.
What Gerald is describing should be possible. In fact, I have done it many
times in the past. I can't answer why the crash is happening without doing
some experimentation. Gerald: does the crash within a minimal code that
simply create vtkImageData in multiple threads? Or does it need the
full-blown filter to happen?
On Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM, David E DeMarle
<dave.demarle at kitware.com>wrote:
> Unfortunately, VTK isn't thread safe, with the exception being
> operations (mostly limited to array access methods that are declared
> to be thread safe in doxygen) that take place in the Threaded* methods
> in subclasses of vtkThreadedImageAlgorithm.
> Berk is working on more wide scale thread/SMP parallel support, but
> that won't be in until after 6.0.
> If anyone on the list has had success in writing multithreaded VTK
> programs, I'ld like to see examples along with descriptions of what
> your approach was and what you had to mutex protect.
> David E DeMarle
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> On Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 2:47 AM, Lodron, Gerald
> <Gerald.Lodron at joanneum.at> wrote:
> > Hi
> > I programmed an own vtk Filter which internally has multiple threads. In
> > each thread I create a vtkImageData object using
> > vtkSmartPointer<vtkImageData> oImage = vtkImageData::New();
> > the problem is that sometimes the New() operator crashes, I debugged it
> > the line 61 of vtkImageData.cxx:
> > this->Information->Set(vtkDataObject::DATA_EXTENT(), this->Extent, 6);
> > whereby the exact crash is in vtkInformationIntegerPointerKey.cxx on line
> > 58:
> > if(this->RequiredLength >= 0 && length != this->RequiredLength)
> > wherehy the “this” pointer is zero. I am not so deep familiar with that,
> > suggestions?
> > DI Gerald Lodron
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