[Rd] Why not pthreads on Windows in 'parallel' package?
dtenenba at fredhutch.org
Sat Aug 15 06:22:58 CEST 2015
I'm confused; mclapply does not work on windows (at least with mc.cores > 1) because fork() is not available on windows.
So the original question still seems relevant to me.
----- Original Message -----
> From: "Henrik Bengtsson" <henrik.bengtsson at ucsf.edu>
> To: "Kasper Daniel Hansen" <kasperdanielhansen at gmail.com>
> Cc: "R-devel" <r-devel at r-project.org>
> Sent: Friday, August 14, 2015 8:16:33 PM
> Subject: Re: [Rd] Why not pthreads on Windows in 'parallel' package?
> Aaaah ...
> and argh - I should have better not to post R question at midnight,
> especially when I know it forks the process and it's not using
> Brain meltdown. (So, we'll proceed trying to use pthreads in
> also for Windows). Sorry for the noise and thanks Kasper.
> On Aug 15, 2015 02:52, "Kasper Daniel Hansen"
> <kasperdanielhansen at gmail.com>
> > mclapply uses fork which is different from pthreads. As I
> > understand it,
> > pthreads requires you to rewrite code, fork is a system call which
> > takes
> > care of completely replicating the current state of the process.
> > Kasper
> > On Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 5:00 PM, Henrik Bengtsson <
> > henrik.bengtsson at ucsf.edu> wrote:
> >> On Windows there are a few 'pthreads' implementation, e.g.
> >> pthreads-w32 and winpthreads
> >> [
> >> https://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/r-devel/R-exts.html#Using-pthreads
> >> ].
> >> We're thinking of giving them a try for the matrixStats package,
> >> and
> >> basic tests indicates it works, but since Windows pthreads are not
> >> used by core R (or?) I've got a little bit worried that we will
> >> face
> >> overwhelming problems.
> >> So, why are the above Windows implementations not used in the
> >> 'parallel' package in order to add multicore support for
> >> mclapply() on
> >> Windows? Was it tried but found to be unreliable? Was it that no
> >> one
> >> had the time to do it? License issues? Are there any pointers to
> >> old
> >> R-devel threads discussing this?
> >> Thanks
> >> Henrik
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