Implement mutex locking for Windows
completed by: Arjun Govindjee
mentors: Sean, Daniel Rossberg
BRL-CAD implements support for running in parallel on computers with multiple CPUs or cores. However, there are lots of ways to run in parallel. BRL-CAD runs on Windows, but presently only in a single-threaded mode. To make it work in parallel, we need to define how threads acquire a mutex lock.
This task involves implementing the necessary logic to acquire and release a mutex or semaphore on Windows. You can use either, but probably want to call CreateMutex(). This requires a very minor source code modification to just one file, but make sure it works with a simple test program. Make your test program call bu_semaphore_init()+bu_semaphore_acquire()+bu_semahpore_release(), see include/bu.h for API docs.