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D.10 Synchronous Task Control

  1. This clause describes a language-defined private semaphore (suspension object), which can be used for two-stage suspend operations and as a simple building block for implementing higher-level queues.

    Static Semantics

  2. The following language-defined package exists:
  3. package Ada.Synchronous_Task_Control is
  4.   type Suspension_Object is limited private;
      procedure Set_True(S : in out Suspension_Object);
      procedure Set_False(S : in out Suspension_Object);
      function Current_State(S : Suspension_Object) return Boolean;
      procedure Suspend_Until_True(S : in out Suspension_Object);
         ... -- not specified by the language
    end Ada.Synchronous_Task_Control;
  5. The type Suspension_Object is a by-reference type.

    Dynamic Semantics

  6. An object of the type Suspension_Object has two visible states: true and false. Upon initialization, its value is set to false.
  7. The operations Set_True and Set_False are atomic with respect to each other and with respect to Suspend_Until_True; they set the state to true and false respectively.
  8. Current_State returns the current state of the object.
  9. The procedure Suspend_Until_True blocks the calling task until the state of the object S is true; at that point the task becomes ready and the state of the object becomes false.
  10. Program_Error is raised upon calling Suspend_Until_True if another task is already waiting on that suspension object. Suspend_Until_True is a potentially blocking operation, See section 9.5.1 Protected Subprograms and Protected Actions.

    Implementation Requirements

  11. The implementation is required to allow the calling of Set_False and Set_True during any protected action, even one that has its ceiling priority in the Interrupt_Priority range.

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