A function or code or subroutine is called reentrant if it can be called by many tasks simultaneously without any conflict. It is clear from the term “re-entrant” that it is safe to called a function or subroutine while it is already executed.A function is not re-entrant when the execution by one task has an impact on the influence of another task. This typically is the case when a global state or data is used.

what is reentrant function

what makes a function reentrant?

  • The reentrant function or code can be called by many tasks but there would be only a single copy of function in the system.
  • A single copy of function or code executed by many tasks is known as shared code of function and it must comply with reentrant property.
  • reentrant function must hold non static or non global non constant data.
  • Must not return the address to static (or global) non-constant data.
  • Must not modify its own code.
  • Must not call non-reentrant computer programs or routines.

What is Reentrant function and Thread safe function

In the case developing multithread application one should know the basic difference between Reentrancy and Thread safety. A thread-safe function is always reentrant, but a reentrant function is not always thread-safe because

  • A thread-safe function may use shared data and can be called simultaneously by many tasks if the shared data is serialized.
  • A reentrant function can also be called simultaneously from many tasks, but only if each invocation uses its own data.