Multithreaded Programming Guide

Code Locking

Code locking is done at the function call level and guarantees that a function executes entirely under the protection of a lock. The assumption is for all access to data to be done through functions. Functions that share data should execute under the same lock.

Some parallel programming languages provide a construct called a monitor. The monitor implicitly does code locking for functions that are defined within the scope of the monitor. A monitor can also be implemented by a mutex lock.

Functions under the protection of the same mutex lock or within the same monitor are guaranteed to execute atomically with respect to other functions in the monitor.