VolatileRead and VolatileWrite are for special cases of synchronization. Under normal circumstances, the C# lock statement, the Visual Basic SyncLock statement, and the Monitor class provide easier alternatives.
On a multiprocessor system, VolatileRead obtains the very latest value written to a memory location by any processor. This might require flushing processor caches.
Even on a uniprocessor system, VolatileRead and VolatileWrite ensure that a value is read or written to memory, and not cached (for example, in a processor register). Thus, you can use them to synchronize access to a field that can be updated by another thread, or by hardware.
Calling this method affects only a single memory access. To provide effective synchronization for a field, all access to the field must use VolatileRead or VolatileWrite.
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)