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Fast concurrent queues with a Chan-like API, and more


This library provides implementations of concurrent FIFO queues (for both general boxed and primitive unboxed values) that are fast, perform well under contention, and offer a Chan-like interface. The library may be of limited usefulness outside of x86 architectures where the fetch-and-add instruction is not available.

We export several variations of our design; some support additional functionality while others try for lower latency by removing features or making them more restrictive (e.g. in the 'Unboxed' variants).

  • 'Unagi': a general-purpose near drop-in replacement for 'Chan'.

  • 'Unagi.Unboxed': like 'Unagi' but specialized for primitive types; this may

perform better if a queue grows very large.

  • 'Unagi.Bounded': a bounded variant with blocking and non-blocking writes, and

other functionality where a notion of the queue's capacity is required.

  • 'Unagi.NoBlocking': lowest latency implementations for when blocking reads

aren't required.

  • 'Unagi.NoBlocking.Unboxed': like 'Unagi.NoBlocking' but for primitive types.

Some of these may be deprecated in the future if they are found to provide little performance benefit, or no unique features; you should benchmark and experiment with them for your use cases, and please submit pull requests for additions to the benchmark suite that reflect what you find.

Here is an example benchmark measuring the time taken to concurrently write and read 100,000 messages, with work divided amongst increasing number of readers and writers, comparing against the top-performing queues in the standard libraries. The inset graph shows a zoomed-in view on the implementations here.

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License: BSD-3-Clause



Package Version Update ID Released Package Hub Version Platforms Subpackages info GA Release 2018-07-30 15
  • ppc64le
  • x86-64
  • ghc-unagi-chan
  • ghc-unagi-chan-devel