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Re: Accessing results in ParallelDo

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  • Subject: [mg126103] Re: Accessing results in ParallelDo
  • From: Alexei Boulbitch <Alexei.Boulbitch at iee.lu>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 06:05:14 -0400 (EDT)
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I have been experimenting with parallel computing on Mathematica 8 on a two core MacBook Pro but I can't figure how to access to the results calculated in ParallelDo. Here is a a simple loop that builds a list b by appending random numbers. This runs fine and prints list b as it is generated in each of the two kernels. However, when I ask for b at the end of the loop I get b={}.

ClearAll["Global`*"];
CloseKernels[];
LaunchKernels[];

NoP = 4;
b = {};
ParallelDo[
  b = Append[b, RandomInteger[{1, NoP}]];
  Print["b = ", b],
  {i, 1, 4}
  ];
Print["Final result: b=", b]

b = {4}   <---kernel 2 (my annotation)
b = {3}   <---kernel 1

b = {4,2}   <---kernel 2
b = {3,3}   <---kernel 1

Final result: b={}

My question is, how do I pass the results of ParallelDo into a variable outside the loop?

Thanks

You need to allow your variable b to be distributed between the kernels with SetSharedVariable. Try this:

ClearAll["Global`*"];
CloseKernels[];
LaunchKernels[];


SetSharedVariable[b]
b = {};
ParallelDo[
 AppendTo[b, RandomInteger[{0, 10}]], {i, 1, 6}]

Print["Final result: b=", b]

Final result: b={10,10,4,10,7,7}

Have fun, Alexei

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