Intel® Advisor User Guide

ID 766448
Date 7/13/2023

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OpenMP Critical Sections

Use OpenMP critical sections to prevent multiple threads from accessing the critical section's code at the same time, thus only one active thread can update the data referenced by the code. Critical sections are useful for a non-nested mutex.

Unlike OpenMP atomic operations that provide fine-grain synchronization for a single operation, critical sections can provide course-grain synchronization for multiple operations.


  • #pragma omp critical with C/C++.

  • !$omp critical and !$omp end critical with Fortran.

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