Which Communications to Use for MathLink on NT?
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- Subject: [mg11898] Which Communications to Use for MathLink on NT?
- From: Adalbert Hanszen <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 9 Apr 1998 00:33:02 -0400
Hi, mathgroup in [mg11314] I asked about the slowdown of MathLink on NT machines. There was one RE-posting on this, also I got another response by direct email. Both also encountered this slowdown. One told me, it is almost directly proportional to the number of MathLink calls and almost independent of the amount of data transferred in the calls. To overcome it, both suggested to buffer calls, i.e. write another interface for the function to be called many times, collect all the arguments and then call the "buffered" function only a few times returning multiple results over one MathLink call. This however would screw up the structure of my programming quite a bit. It certainly would help, as first experiments show. Now I asked an NT expert, because I still can not believe, that the idle process eats up that much processor power (much more than 90%!) even if there is lot of work to be done. The expert told me, if TCPIP is the underlying data transport mechanism, he would not wonder about this slowdown. TCPIP is very fine to connect to other computers, but as a means of communication within the same computer... If I would use named pipes instead, he expected much increase. According to him, TCPIP always includes "waiting for the network being ready", even if there is no physical network and if it is all in the same computer. He was not amazed, that the Idle process takes over many times, although one of the two (frontend or the mathlinked program) is always ready. According to him, it is technically possible, to exchange data between Programs on NT without the Idle process coming in between (if there is no disk- activity, only other Programs or NT itself might come in between, according to priority). With this information, I looked up the Mathematica-bible. On pp631 and 655 I found, that "MathLink can use any interprogram communications mechanism, that exists on your computer system". Well, HOW can I tell * which communications mechanism my system takes by default, * which other communications mechanism I might use instead, and how can I actually direct it to use NamedPipes. In Mathematica 2.2.3, if I remember right, there was a dialog box where one might select "LOCAL" protocol. Where has this choice gone now? - even if the LOCAL protocol does not exist any longer? One other thing, my NT expert suggested to me to think about programmati- cally increasing the priority of the MathLink process (after it has gained control) in order to prevent it to be pre-empted too often and to return its priority to the normal state, before it goes to sleep. Would this be feasible? Thanks in advance, Dipl.-Math. Adalbert Hanszen <firstname.lastname@example.org>