[vlc-devel] [RFC 0/2] New executor API

Romain Vimont rom1v at videolabs.io
Fri Aug 28 11:16:21 CEST 2020

On Fri, Aug 28, 2020 at 10:25:16AM +0200, Alexandre Janniaux wrote:
> Hi,
> On Thu, Aug 27, 2020 at 10:28:58PM +0300, Rémi Denis-Courmont wrote:
> > Le torstaina 27. elokuuta 2020, 22.13.37 EEST Romain Vimont a écrit :
> > > > So the runnable will be using poll(), vlc_cond_t, vlc_sem_t or some other
> > > > wait method that supports timing-out. It might as well use that time-out
> > > > capability instead of relying on a thread for the sole purpose of maybe
> > > > (ab)using the interrupt callback on time-out.
> > >
> > > Yes, if you only want timeout, but not "unexpected" cancelation, that
> > > works (and is better).
> > >
> > > > Besides, timing out is an error that deserves logging. Interrupt is not.
> > > > So using the same callback for both purpose looks dubious to me.
> > >
> > > The goal is simplicity.
> >
> > By making things more complicated. Yeah right...
> I agree with Remi, if you want simplicity, the best thing
> would be to limit the asynchronous framework to the
> asynchronous execution and signalling like almost every other
> asynchronous framework.

For example, the Java concurrent framework provides a method cancel() on

Of course, this is a higher level language, and thread interruption is
something managed at the Thread level, so there is no custom interrupt
callback to provide.

> Especially since youǘe talked about some `future` object, and
> thus a pro-actor model which doesn't have ways to do
> signalling from the outside of the asynchronous framework to
> the task by itself in almost all implementation, and instead
> have each layer of promise being able to return either a result
> or an error that the future will catch, and an internal
> composition rule for each layer's result.
> In the case the vlc_executor is killed, the preparser client
> needs to be killed first since it is using the executor, and
> thus can cancel its tasks internally directly, which might be
> at the middle of the preprocessing, at the beginning or right
> before the end. It's much less convoluted than having the
> preparser client use the vlc_executor to cancel the taks, which
> will just really call the preparser specific cancellation code
> anyway.

(The executor would still need a Cancel() function to remove the tasks
not started yet.)

This would greatly simplify the executor itself.

But then, to get the same features, each user (like the preparser) will
have to:
 - still implement the interrupt mechanism for cancelation (it will just
   not pass the callback to the executor)
 - implement the timeout manually in addition (which came "for free" if
   interruption was implemented)
 - manage the list of its tasks submitted to the executor
 - interrupt all remaining tasks before deleting the executor

Instead of just providing:
 - the "interrupt" callback (that must be written for cancelation
 - the timeout parameter to vlc_executor_Submit().

In fact, there are 3 levels of features for the executor:
 1. submit tasks (and cancel tasks not started yet)
 2. cancel tasks with interruption (to be called on explicit cancel or
    executor deletion)
 3. timeout (calling the interrupt() callback)

Possibilities are basically either 1, 1+2 or 1+2+3.

IIUC, what you (Rémi & Alex) suggest is 1.

I don't really like the principle of an additional thread to trigger
"interrupt" calls either, but I see that as a trade-off between
simplicity for the executor impl VS simplicity for the users of the

I initially implemented 1+2+3. The current version is:

I just added two commits to only get 1+2 (I removed the timeout):

As you can see, it greatly simplifies the executor:

But the users have to handle timeout manually (in addition to the
interrupt mechanism):


> Regards,
> --
> Alexandre Janniaux
> Videolabs
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