D.4 Entry Queuing Policies

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This clause specifies a mechanism for a user to choose an entry queuing policy. It also defines two such policies. Other policies are implementation defined.


The form of a pragma Queuing_Policy is as follows:

pragma Queuing_Policy(policy_identifier);

Legality Rules

The policy_identifier shall be either FIFO_Queuing, Priority_Queuing or an implementation-defined identifier.

Post-Compilation Rules

A Queuing_Policy pragma is a configuration pragma.

Dynamic Semantics

A queuing policy governs the order in which tasks are queued for entry service, and the order in which different entry queues are considered for service. The queuing policy is specified by a Queuing_Policy pragma.

Two queuing policies, FIFO_Queuing and Priority_Queuing, are language defined. If no Queuing_Policy pragma appears in any of the program units comprising the partition, the queuing policy for that partition is FIFO_Queuing. The rules for this policy are specified in 9.5.3 and 9.7.1.

The Priority_Queuing policy is defined as follows:

  • The calls to an entry (including a member of an entry family) are queued in an order consistent with the priorities of the calls. The priority of an entry call is initialized from the active priority of the calling task at the time the call is made, but can change later. Within the same priority, the order is consistent with the calling (or requeuing, or priority setting) time (that is, a FIFO order).
  • After a call is first queued, changes to the active priority of a task do not affect the priority of the call, unless the base priority of the task is set while the task is blocked on an entry call.
  • When the base priority of a task is set (see D.5), if the task is blocked on an entry call, and the call is queued, the priority of the call is updated to the new active priority of the calling task. This causes the call to be removed from and then reinserted in the queue at the new active priority.
  • When more than one condition of an entry_barrier of a protected object becomes True, and more than one of the respective queues is nonempty, the call with the highest priority is selected. If more than one such call has the same priority, the call that is queued on the entry whose declaration is first in textual order in the protected_definition is selected. For members of the same entry family, the one with the lower family index is selected.
  • If the expiration time of two or more open delay_alternatives is the same and no other accept_alternatives are open, the sequence_of_statements of the delay_alternative that is first in textual order in the selective_accept is executed.
  • When more than one alternative of a selective_accept is open and has queued calls, an alternative whose queue has the highest-priority call at its head is selected. If two or more open alternatives have equal-priority queued calls, then a call on the entry in the accept_alternative that is first in textual order in the selective_accept is selected.

Implementation Permissions

Implementations are allowed to define other queuing policies, but need not support more than one such policy per partition.

Implementation Advice

The implementation should use names that end with _Queuing for implementation-defined queuing policies.

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