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pthreadpool is a portable and efficient thread pool implementation. It provides similar functionality to

#pragma omp parallel for
, but with additional features.


  • C interface (C++-compatible).
  • 1D-6D loops with step parameters.
  • Run on user-specified or auto-detected number of threads.
  • Work-stealing scheduling for efficient work balancing.
  • Wait-free synchronization of work items.
  • Compatible with Linux (including Android), macOS, iOS, Windows, Emscripten environments.
  • 100% unit tests coverage.
  • Throughput and latency microbenchmarks.


The following example demonstates using the thread pool for parallel addition of two arrays:

static void add_arrays(struct array_addition_context* context, size_t i) {
  context->sum[i] = context->augend[i] + context->addend[i];

#define ARRAY_SIZE 4

int main() { double augend[ARRAY_SIZE] = { 1.0, 2.0, 4.0, -5.0 }; double addend[ARRAY_SIZE] = { 0.25, -1.75, 0.0, 0.5 }; double sum[ARRAY_SIZE];

pthreadpool_t threadpool = pthreadpool_create(0); assert(threadpool != NULL);

const size_t threads_count = pthreadpool_get_threads_count(threadpool); printf("Created thread pool with %zu threads\n", threads_count);

struct array_addition_context context = { augend, addend, sum }; pthreadpool_parallelize_1d(threadpool, (pthreadpool_task_1d_t) add_arrays, (void*) &context, ARRAY_SIZE, PTHREADPOOL_FLAG_DISABLE_DENORMALS /* flags */);

pthreadpool_destroy(threadpool); threadpool = NULL;

printf("%8s\t%.2lf\t%.2lf\t%.2lf\t%.2lf\n", "Augend", augend[0], augend[1], augend[2], augend[3]); printf("%8s\t%.2lf\t%.2lf\t%.2lf\t%.2lf\n", "Addend", addend[0], addend[1], addend[2], addend[3]); printf("%8s\t%.2lf\t%.2lf\t%.2lf\t%.2lf\n", "Sum", sum[0], sum[1], sum[2], sum[3]);

return 0; }

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