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Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:04:47 -0700
From: Leonid Shamis <>
Subject: broadcast fd

Hi Folks,


How do I broadcast a notification across processes, without a broker?

Long story:

I'm building an ipc-over-shm library with some unusual restrictions:
* There are multiple channels of communication (each in it's own shm).
* Each channel contains non-consumable resources (not a message queue).
* Multiple processes can produce resources on the same channel.
* Multiple consumers can access/use the resources.
* Resources are versioned and (some) old versions are kept available.
* Spurious wakeups are ok, but missing notifications (starvation) is not.
* The library must be robust (in the mutex sense), meaning a process may
crash without taking down the rest of the system.

I'm trying to figure out how to notify a process that a new resource is
available on a channel.

Right now, my library puts (the equivalent of) a robust conditional
variable in shared memory, for each channel.
Each process must spawn a thread per-channel, just to await the cv

I'd ideally like to use a single thread with something like an epoll.
For this, I'd need to get an fd (maybe eventfd) per channel into the hands
of every process that wants to connect to a channel.
fds, as I understand, cannot be shared via shared memory, only pipes, but
I'm required to be brokerless.
futex_fd are very deprecated.

Am I missing another approach?


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