pthread_setconcurrency, pthread_getconcurrency - set/get the concurrency level
int pthread_setconcurrency(int new_level);
Compile and link with -pthread.
The pthread_setconcurrency() function informs the
implementation of the application's desired concurrency level, specified
new_level. The implementation takes this only as a hint:
POSIX.1 does not specify the level of concurrency that should be
provided as a result of calling
new_level as 0 instructs the implementation to
manage the concurrency level as it deems appropriate.
pthread_getconcurrency() returns the current value of the concurrency level for this process.
pthread_setconcurrency() can fail with the following error:
new_level is negative.
POSIX.1 also documents an EAGAIN error ("the value
new_level would cause a system resource to be
These functions are available in glibc since version 2.1.
The default concurrency level is 0.
Concurrency levels are meaningful only for M:N threading implementations, where at any moment a subset of a process's set of user-level threads may be bound to a smaller number of kernel-scheduling entities. Setting the concurrency level allows the application to give the system a hint as to the number of kernel-scheduling entities that should be provided for efficient execution of the application.
Both LinuxThreads and NPTL are 1:1 threading implementations, so setting the concurrency level has no meaning. In other words, on Linux these functions merely exist for compatibility with other systems, and they have no effect on the execution of a program.
This page is part of release 5.10 of the Linux
project. A description of the project, information about reporting bugs,
and the latest version of this page, can be found at