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An atomic reference implementation for JRuby, Rubinius, and MRI.

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An atomic reference implementation for JRuby, Rubinius, and MRI.


This library provides:

  • an Atomic class that guarantees atomic updates to its contained value

The Atomic class provides accessors for the contained “value” plus two update


  • update will run the provided block, passing the current value and replacing

    it with the block result iff the value has not been changed in the mean time.

    It may run the block repeatedly if there are other concurrent updates in


  • try_update will run the provided block, passing the current value and

    replacing it with the block result. If the value changes before the update

    can happen, it will throw Atomic::ConcurrentUpdateError.

The atomic repository is at


The simplest way to use “atomic” is to call the “update” or “try_update”


“try_update” and “update” both call the given block, passing the current

value and using the block's result as the new value. If the value is updated

by another thread before the block completes, “try update” raises a

ConcurrentUpdateError and “update” retries the block. Because “update” may call

the block several times when multiple threads are all updating the same value,

the block's logic should be kept as simple as possible.


require 'atomic'

my_atomic =

my_atomic.update {|v| v + 1}


my_atomic.try_update {|v| v + 1}

rescue Atomic::ConcurrentUpdateError => cue

# deal with it (retry, propagate, etc)



It's also possible to use the regular get/set operations on the Atomic, if you

want to avoid the exception and respond to contended changes in some other way.


my_atomic =

my_atomic.value # => 0

my_atomic.value = 1

my_atomic.swap(2) # => 1

my_atomic.compare_and_swap(2, 3) # => true, updated to 3

my_atomic.compare_and_swap(2, 3) # => false, current is not 2



As of 1.1.0, JDK8 is required to build the atomic gem, since it attempts to use

the new atomic Unsafe.getAndSetObject method only in JDK8. The resulting code

should still work fine as far back as Java 5.


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  • Charles Oliver Nutter, MenTaLguY, Sokolov Yura

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