[Stackless] stackless and multi-core
andrewfr_ice at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 28 19:31:08 CEST 2008
--- Jeff Senn <senn at maya.com> wrote:
> Hm. I don't understand your analogy with the
I believe the watchdog in the Stackless scheduler
counts a given number of instructions before
interrupting a tasklet.
> It's "Global" so that lots of little incremental
> checks don't need to be sprinkled throughout the
>Python interpreter potentially slowing it down.
> And it would hurt you *a lot* if you had a lot of
> python that wanted to overlap and/or more than one
>process on your machine!!
> Typically you would use spin-locks for a situation
> where you are guarding access to something that is
>quickly locked and unlocked (and has a fairly high
>chance of not being locked when requested). The GIL
>is the opposite -- it is almost always locked
(because >the python interpreter is almost always
Okay, I see your point. Now another naive question. If
one's Stackless programme uses only one OS thread -
why hae a GIL? How much overhead does this add?
Naive question/comment two. Perhaps for coarse grained
problems - for example, Stackless application (a game)
uses a Twisted reactor - perhaps the better way to
make use of multiple cores is to have the
applications in separate processes/processors but
communicating through shared memory?
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