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// The minimum atomic size we believe to generate lock free code, i.e. all
// trivially copyable types not bigger this size generate lock free code.
static constexpr int kMinLockFreeAtomicSize = 8;
// The same as kMinLockFreeAtomicSize but maximum atomic size. As double words
// might use two registers, we want to dispatch the logic for them.
static constexpr int kMaxLockFreeAtomicSize = 16;
static constexpr int kMaxLockFreeAtomicSize = 8;
// We can use atomic in cases when it fits in the register, trivially copyable
// in order to make memcpy operations.
template <typename T>
struct IsAtomicFlagTypeTrait {
static constexpr bool value =
(sizeof(T) <= kMaxLockFreeAtomicSize &&
// Clang does not always produce cmpxchg16b instruction when alignment of a 16
// bytes type is not 16.
struct alignas(16) FlagsInternalTwoWordsType {
int64_t first;
int64_t second;
constexpr bool operator==(const FlagsInternalTwoWordsType& that,
const FlagsInternalTwoWordsType& other) {
return that.first == other.first && that.second == other.second;
constexpr bool operator!=(const FlagsInternalTwoWordsType& that,
const FlagsInternalTwoWordsType& other) {
return !(that == other);
constexpr int64_t SmallAtomicInit() { return 0xababababababababll; }
template <typename T, typename S = void>
struct BestAtomicType {
using type = int64_t;
static constexpr int64_t AtomicInit() { return SmallAtomicInit(); }
template <typename T>
struct BestAtomicType<
T, typename std::enable_if<(kMinLockFreeAtomicSize < sizeof(T) &&
sizeof(T) <= kMaxLockFreeAtomicSize),
void>::type> {
using type = FlagsInternalTwoWordsType;
static constexpr FlagsInternalTwoWordsType AtomicInit() {
return {SmallAtomicInit(), SmallAtomicInit()};
template <typename T>
class Flag {
// For some types, a copy of the current value is kept in an atomically
// accessible field.
union Atomics {
// Using small atomic for small types.
std::atomic<int64_t> small_atomic;
template <typename T,
typename K = typename std::enable_if<
(sizeof(T) <= kMinLockFreeAtomicSize), void>::type>
int64_t load() const {
return small_atomic.load(std::memory_order_acquire);
// Using big atomics for big types.
std::atomic<FlagsInternalTwoWordsType> big_atomic;
template <typename T, typename K = typename std::enable_if<
(kMinLockFreeAtomicSize < sizeof(T) &&
sizeof(T) <= kMaxLockFreeAtomicSize),
FlagsInternalTwoWordsType load() const {
return big_atomic.load(std::memory_order_acquire);
constexpr Atomics()
: big_atomic{FlagsInternalTwoWordsType{SmallAtomicInit(),
SmallAtomicInit()}} {}
constexpr Atomics() : small_atomic{SmallAtomicInit()} {}
Atomics atomics_{};
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