Re: JavaMemoryModel: How about "Synchronizes to" and "Synchronizes from"

From: Jeremy Manson (
Date: Sat Mar 27 2004 - 10:50:39 EST

Does anyone like the idea of replacing happens-before with
"ordered-before"? It is along the same lines as happens-before, but it is
less likely to be misused (because it is clearly talking about ordering
constraints) and more obviously has a specific meaning.


> We've discussed needing some phrase we can use instead of
> "creates a happens-before edge" in places such as
> Javadoc.
> One proposal was "Synchronizes with", but I don't like that because
> it sound symmetric, and doesn't convey the directed nature of
> synchronization.
> So what do you think about "synchronizes to" (and "synchronizes from")?
> For example,
> starting a thread synchronizes to the run method of the thread
> successful joining with a thread synchronizes from the run method of
> the thread
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