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Re: threads::shared variables not really shared... or are they?

by zentara (Archbishop)
on Mar 07, 2008 at 15:02 UTC ( #672790=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to threads::shared variables not really shared... or are they?

I'm not an expert on thread memory fundamentals, but I did find something interesting. If you add the 1M scalars to the array from within the threads, IT WILL gain the memory you seek. I had to reduce the number from 100 to 50, because at 100, it was killed by the kernel.

#!/usr/bin/perl use threads; use threads::shared; my @a : shared; for (1..10) { sleep 1; threads->new(\&foo); } sleep 1; system "grep VmSize /proc/$$/status"; <>; sub foo { my $s = " " x 1e6; for (1..50) { push @a, $s; } print @a . " elements in \@a\n"; }

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Re^2: threads::shared variables not really shared... or are they?
by renodino (Curate) on Mar 08, 2008 at 03:21 UTC
    The original added 100 1Mbyte strings to @a. Your example adds 50 * 10 = 500 1Mbyte strings to @a. Also, each thread will create a 1Mbyte private scalar; the original only created a single big string.

    (The lack of locks is a bit troubling, but the aforementioned global interpretter lock is probably keeping your example out of trouble)


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      Ooops, you are right, this one gives memory use that agrees with the OP's original script. I think the sleep calls prevent the locking problem. At least on a faster machine. :-)
      #!/usr/bin/perl use threads; use threads::shared; my @a : shared; for (1..10) { sleep 1; threads->new(\&foo); } sleep 1; system "grep VmSize /proc/$$/status"; <>; sub foo { for (1..10) { push @a, " " x 1e6; } print @a . " elements in \@a\n"; }

      I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. Cogito ergo sum a bum

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