[zeromq-dev] is priority inversion a problem?

Pieter Hintjens ph at imatix.com
Wed Nov 14 15:09:25 CET 2012

Do you have a reproducible case for this?


On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM, Roger Dannenberg <rbd at cs.cmu.edu> wrote:
> Does ZeroMQ support communication among fixed priority threads using
> inproc transport? It looks to me like ZeroMQ uses malloc to
> allocate/free messages, which implies a shared lock on a shared heap. If
> a low priority thread gets the lock and a medium priority thread
> preempts it, can't that block a high priority thread indefinitely? I
> believe OS X and Windows do not have locks with priority ceiling or
> priority inheritance protocols, and it appears that Linux offers
> priority inheritance but does not use it in malloc/free as implemented
> in glibc, so it seems that priority inversion is (still) a potential
> problem. Does ZeroMQ offer a solution?
>      -Roger Dannenberg
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