source_node Class


A template class that is both a graph_node and a sender<Output>. This node can have no predecessors. It executes a user-provided body function object to generate messages that are broadcast to all successors. It is a serial node and will never call its body concurrently. It is able to buffer a single item. If no successor accepts an item that it has generated, the message is buffered and will be provided to successors before a new item is generated.


template < typename Output > class source_node;


#include "tbb/flow_graph.h"


This type of node generates messages of type Output by invoking the user-provided body and broadcasts the result to all of its successors.

A source_node is a serial node. Calls to body will never be made concurrently.

A source_node will continue to invoke body and broadcast messages until the body returns false or it has no valid successors. A message may be generated and then rejected by all successors. In that case, the message is buffered and will be the next message sent once a successor is added to the node or try_get is called. Calls to try_get will return a buffer message if available or will invoke body to attempt to generate a new message. A call to body is made only when the internal buffer is empty.

Rejection of messages by successors is handled using the protocol described in the Message Passing Protocol.

Output must be copy-constructible and assignable.

source_node<Output> Body Concept



B::B( const B& )

Copy constructor.



void operator=( const B& )

Assignment. The return type void in the pseudo-signature denotes that operator= is not required to return a value. The actual operator= can return a value, which will be ignored.

bool B::operator() (Output &v)

Returns true when it has assigned a new value to v. Returns false when no new values may be generated.


The body object passed to a source_node is copied. Therefore updates to member variables will not affect the original object used to construct the node. If the state held within a body object must be inspected from outside of the node, the copy_body function can be used to obtain an updated copy.


The body object may throw or cancel its enclosing graph. See task_group_context and Exceptions sections for a description.


namespace tbb {
namespace flow {
template < typename Output >
class source_node : public graph_node, public sender< Output > {
    typedef Output output_type;
    typedef receiver< output_type > successor_type;
    template< typename Body >
    source_node( graph &g, Body body, bool is_active = true );
    source_node( const source_node &src );
    void activate();
    bool register_successor( successor_type &r );
    bool remove_successor( successor_type &r );
    bool try_get( output_type &v );
    bool try_reserve( output_type &v );
    bool try_release( );
    bool try_consume( );
The following table provides additional information on the members of this class.
Member Description
template< typename Body >source_node( graph &g, Body body, bool is_active=true )

Constructs a source_node that will invoke body. By default the node is created in the active state, that is, it will begin generating messages immediately. If is_active is false, messages will not be generated until a call to activate is made.

source_node( const source_node &src )

Constructs a source_node that has the same initial state that src had when it was constructed. The source_node that is constructed will have a reference to the same graph object as src, will have a copy of the initial body used by src, and have the same initial active state as src. The predecessors and successors of src will not be copied.


The new body object is copy-constructed from a copy of the original body provided to src at its construction. Therefore changes made to member variables in src's body after the construction of src will not affect the body of the new source_node.

void activate()

Sets the source_node to the active state, allowing it to begin generating messages.

bool register_successor( successor_type &r )

Adds r to the set of successors.

Returns: true

bool remove_successor( successor_type &r )

Removes r from the set of successors.

Returns: true

bool try_get( output_type &v )

Will copy the buffered message into v if available or will invoke body to attempt to generate a new message that will be copied into v.

Returns:true if a message is copied to v. false otherwise.

bool try_reserve( output_type &v )

Reserves the source_node if possible. If a message can be buffered and the node is not already reserved, the node is reserved for the caller, and the value is copied into v.

Returns: true if the node is reserved for the caller. false otherwise.

bool try_release( )

Releases any reservation held on the source_node. The message held in the internal buffer is retained.

Returns: true

bool try_consume( )

Releases any reservation held on the source_node and clears the internal buffer.

Returns: true

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