Parallel programming design with BipBuffer

17 minute read Published: 2022-05-09

Coordinate the processing pattern of multiple CPU cores around shared memory data structure is one of the main focus of parallel programming. Let's explore the space, its problems and the iterative process to step by step find better data design, better data access pattern to get the best out of our modern, multiple CPU cores world by implementing a BipBuffer and try to improve it.


BipBuffer is a simple single-producer single-consumer (SPSC) ring buffer data structure that allows the producer to reserve a portion of the queue, write to it, and commit when the writing is done. Only after committing, that the data is available for the consumer. Similarly, the consumer can ask for what has been available, read it, then commit the read to mark that region available for producer to write again.