[fpc-pascal] Coroutines and VirtualAlloc

Mark Morgan Lloyd markMLl.fpc-pascal at telemetry.co.uk
Thu Apr 20 11:14:28 CEST 2017

On 20/04/17 09:00, Marco van de Voort wrote:
> In our previous episode, Mark Morgan Lloyd said:> > I don't know. Such effort should chiefly come from the people interested init I guess.> > Turning it around a little: are there still FPC targets that don't have > threads? Having coroutines would allow a native thread mechanism to be > implemented, without relying on the underlying OS.
> No, since the code would be for preemptive systems, and the coroutine systemis cooperative.

But once you have coroutines as a way of managing context it's not 
particularly difficult to define one which receives control on a timer 
tick or when nothing else is happening, and that schedules another on 
the basis of priority or simply round-robin.

Being able to switch context, which in practice means switching the 
stack frame, is a prerequisite to having threads, just as threads are a 
prerequisite of having processes.

I don't quite know where exception handling would fit into this.

Mark Morgan Lloyd
markMLl .AT. telemetry.co .DOT. uk

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