why does not the Mathematica kernel seem to 'multi-task' between computations in different windows?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg69833] why does not the Mathematica kernel seem to 'multi-task' between computations in different windows?*From*: "Nasser Abbasi" <nma at 12000.org>*Date*: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 03:52:42 -0400 (EDT)*Reply-to*: "Nasser Abbasi" <nma at 12000.org>

Hi Sometime I start some computation in one window which can take few minutes to half an hour or more. It seems anything I type meanwhile in a second window does not get processed until the first computation is completed. The computation does have 'Print[]' statements in it for debugging, so it is not completely CPU bound, and I would think that one should be able to do someone work in the second window meanwhile even if it might be slower to respond. It seems that the Mathematica kernel can't be preempted at all once it starts a computation, even if I/O calls are being made. Right now, once I start something, I can't use Mathematica at all until the computation is over because the kernel is busy. (Except it seems I am able to do File->Save ok while it is busy) Sometimes I start a second copy of Mathematica, but the limit is 2 instances and I do not have lots of RAM. I also wonder if this limit should be increased to say 5. I guess it is time for me to go buy a PC with those Intel new chips the core2 with lots of RAM as I spend too much time now waiting for something to complete. Nasser