Chapter 12. Multi-threaded Programming

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SDL_CreateThread -- Creates a new thread of execution that shares its parent's properties.
SDL_ThreadID -- Get the 32-bit thread identifier for the current thread.
SDL_GetThreadID -- Get the SDL thread ID of a SDL_Thread
SDL_WaitThread -- Wait for a thread to finish.
SDL_KillThread -- Gracelessly terminates the thread.
SDL_CreateMutex -- Create a mutex
SDL_DestroyMutex -- Destroy a mutex
SDL_mutexP -- Lock a mutex
SDL_mutexV -- Unlock a mutex
SDL_CreateSemaphore -- Creates a new semaphore and assigns an initial value to it.
SDL_DestroySemaphore -- Destroys a semaphore that was created by SDL_CreateSemaphore.
SDL_SemWait -- Lock a semaphore and suspend the thread if the semaphore value is zero.
SDL_SemTryWait -- Attempt to lock a semaphore but don't suspend the thread.
SDL_SemWaitTimeout -- Lock a semaphore, but only wait up to a specified maximum time.
SDL_SemPost -- Unlock a semaphore.
SDL_SemValue -- Return the current value of a semaphore.
SDL_CreateCond -- Create a condition variable
SDL_DestroyCond -- Destroy a condition variable
SDL_CondSignal -- Restart a thread wait on a condition variable
SDL_CondBroadcast -- Restart all threads waiting on a condition variable
SDL_CondWait -- Wait on a condition variable
SDL_CondWaitTimeout -- Wait on a condition variable, with timeout

SDL provides functions for creating threads, mutexes, semphores and condition variables.

In general, you must be very aware of concurrency and data integrity issues when writing multi-threaded programs. Some good guidelines include:

Note: SDL's threading is not implemented on MacOS, due to that lack of preemptive thread support (Mac OS X dos nt suffer from this problem)