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SHM-Container Documentation


Shared-memory is best known as an effective IPC method, moreover, it is a powerful design pattern in server architecture with some notable features:

  • process restart without memory data lost
  • achieve modularity with decoupled processes
  • keep service HA even with failure in one process
  • almost no performance cost for inter process communication

Many popular high-volume internet services (such as QQ server) have benefit from usage of shared-memory techniques. However it is not as easy as using in-process libraries (such as STL) when working with OS shm interface, because you have to manage memory pages directly. So what this project is valuable is that it offers a collection of shared-memory containers with familiar interface for you, and also with the following features:

  • provide a unified interface for different underlying shm mechanism (SYSV, SYSV_HugeTLB, POSIX, ANON, HEAP)
  • provide useful container such as hash-map, fifo-queue, broadcast-queue(sync-buf), etc
  • efficient C++11 lock-free implemenation aimed to offer extreme high performance
  • designed for robust and fast, sufficient unit-tests, production ready and verified
  • compact and clean code, only consist of C++ headers with no external dependency

See document of classes in namespace shmc for detail.


Currently only Linux/x86 platform is supported. Moreover, its design goal is all for server side application.


The library consists only C++ headers, so importing it in your project is very easy (just add -I dir). It also provides a bazel BUILD file so just set deps on it if you are using bazel.

If you want to build unit-tests, install bazel and gtestx first.


You can find document online here: SHM-Container Documentation

Also you can generate doc from source: 1) install cldoc 2) cd doc; make

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