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Interlocked.Decrement Method (Int32)

Decrements a specified variable and stores the result, as an atomic operation.

Namespace:  System.Threading
Assemblies:   System.Threading (in System.Threading.dll)
  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static int Decrement(
	ref int location
)

Parameters

location
Type: System.Int32

The variable whose value is to be decremented.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The decremented value.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

The address of location is a null pointer.

This method handles an overflow condition by wrapping: If location = Int32.MinValue, location - 1 = Int32.MaxValue. No exception is thrown.

The following example determines how many random numbers that range from 0 to 1,000 are required to generate 1,000 random numbers with a midpoint value. To keep track of the number of midpoint values, a variable, midpointCount, is set equal to 1,000 and decremented each time the random number generator returns a midpoint value. Because three threads generate the random numbers, the Decrement(Int32) method is called to ensure that multiple threads don't update midpointCount concurrently. Note that a lock is also used to protect the random number generator, and that a CountdownEvent object is used to ensure that the Main method doesn't finish execution before the three threads.

using System;
using System.Threading;

public class Example
{
   const int LOWERBOUND = 0;
   const int UPPERBOUND = 1001;

   static Object lockObj = new Object();
   static Random rnd = new Random();
   static CountdownEvent cte;

   static int totalCount = 0;
   static int totalMidpoint = 0;
   static int midpointCount = 10000;

   public static void Main()
   {
      cte = new CountdownEvent(1);
      // Start three threads.  
      for (int ctr = 0; ctr <= 2; ctr++) {
         cte.AddCount();
         Thread th = new Thread(GenerateNumbers);
         th.Name = "Thread" + ctr.ToString();
         th.Start();
      }
      cte.Signal();
      cte.Wait();
      Console.WriteLine();
      Console.WriteLine("Total midpoint values:  {0,10:N0} ({1:P3})",
                        totalMidpoint, totalMidpoint/((double)totalCount));
      Console.WriteLine("Total number of values: {0,10:N0}", 
                        totalCount);                  
   }

   private static void GenerateNumbers()
   {
      int midpoint = (UPPERBOUND - LOWERBOUND) / 2;
      int value = 0;
      int total = 0;
      int midpt = 0;

      do {
         lock (lockObj) {
            value = rnd.Next(LOWERBOUND, UPPERBOUND);
         }
         if (value == midpoint) { 
            Interlocked.Decrement(ref midpointCount);
            midpt++;
         }
         total++;    
      } while (midpointCount > 0);

      Interlocked.Add(ref totalCount, total);
      Interlocked.Add(ref totalMidpoint, midpt);

      string s = String.Format("Thread {0}:\n", Thread.CurrentThread.Name) +
                 String.Format("   Random Numbers: {0:N0}\n", total) + 
                 String.Format("   Midpoint values: {0:N0} ({1:P3})", midpt, 
                               ((double) midpt)/total);
      Console.WriteLine(s);
      cte.Signal();
   }
}
// The example displays output like the following: 
//       Thread Thread2: 
//          Random Numbers: 3,204,021 
//          Midpoint values: 3,156 (0.099 %) 
//       Thread Thread0: 
//          Random Numbers: 4,073,592 
//          Midpoint values: 4,015 (0.099 %) 
//       Thread Thread1: 
//          Random Numbers: 2,828,192 
//          Midpoint values: 2,829 (0.100 %) 
//        
//       Total midpoint values:      10,000 (0.099 %) 
//       Total number of values: 10,105,805

The following example is similar to the previous one, except that it uses the task-based asynchronous pattern instead of a thread procedure to generate 50,000 random midpoint integers. In this example, a lambda expression replaces the GenerateNumbers thread procedure, and the call to the Task.WaitAll method eliminates the need for the CountdownEvent object.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Threading;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

public class Example
{
   const int LOWERBOUND = 0;
   const int UPPERBOUND = 1001;

   static Object lockObj = new Object();
   static Random rnd = new Random();

   static int totalCount = 0;
   static int totalMidpoint = 0;
   static int midpointCount = 50000;

   public static void Main()
   {
      List<Task> tasks = new List<Task>();

      // Start three tasks.  
      for (int ctr = 0; ctr <= 2; ctr++) 
         tasks.Add(Task.Run( () => { int midpoint = (UPPERBOUND - LOWERBOUND) / 2;
                                     int value = 0;
                                     int total = 0;
                                     int midpt = 0;

                                     do {
                                        lock (lockObj) {
                                           value = rnd.Next(LOWERBOUND, UPPERBOUND);
                                        }
                                        if (value == midpoint) { 
                                           Interlocked.Decrement(ref midpointCount);
                                           midpt++;
                                        }
                                        total++;    
                                     } while (midpointCount > 0 );

                                     Interlocked.Add(ref totalCount, total);
                                     Interlocked.Add(ref totalMidpoint, midpt);

                                     string s = String.Format("Task {0}:\n", Task.CurrentId) +
                                                String.Format("   Random Numbers: {0:N0}\n", total) + 
                                                String.Format("   Midpoint values: {0:N0} ({1:P3})", midpt, 
                                                              ((double) midpt)/total);
                                     Console.WriteLine(s); 
                                   } ));

      Task.WaitAll(tasks.ToArray());

      Console.WriteLine();
      Console.WriteLine("Total midpoint values:  {0,10:N0} ({1:P3})",
                        totalMidpoint, totalMidpoint/((double)totalCount));
      Console.WriteLine("Total number of values: {0,10:N0}", 
                        totalCount);                  
   }
}
// The example displays output like the following: 
//       Task 1: 
//          Random Numbers: 24,530,624 
//          Midpoint values: 24,675 (0.101 %) 
//       Task 2: 
//          Random Numbers: 7,079,718 
//          Midpoint values: 7,093 (0.100 %) 
//       Task 3: 
//          Random Numbers: 18,284,617 
//          Midpoint values: 18,232 (0.100 %) 
//        
//       Total midpoint values:      50,000 (0.100 %) 
//       Total number of values: 49,894,959

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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