Sean‘s pick this week is Safer wrapper for Windows-API Semaphore by Igor.
A while back, I wrote a blog post about the Windows POSIX Semaphore function. This had provided me with a way to make sure that certain processes had finished inside of parallel for-loops to avoid resource contention issues.
At the bottom, there was a caution to:
Use try/catch around the operations you’re doing. If the process fails, you want to release the semaphore to unblock the other workers. This can cause a hang if an error occurs because the loop will never complete as other workers are held. If you reach this state, force kill the parallel pool from the task manager.
Igor has developed a class that wraps around the semaphore to provide a timeout in case of this happening!
It does a few other things too:
- Take key as a character name rather than a number.
- Make unique key names.
- Set the maximum number of users in case the resource can have more than one user at once.
And to top that off, Igor provided a nice demo of the functionality:
i=1 time=0000.048 p1 i=3 time=0000.054 p1 i=1 time=0005.050 p2 - before wait i=3 time=0005.054 p2 - before wait i=1 time=0005.051 p3 - token granted i=1 time=0006.056 p4 - token released i=3 time=0005.055 p3 - token granted i=3 time=0006.071 p4 - token released i=1 time=0011.057 p5 - finished i=3 time=0011.079 p5 - finished i=5 time=0011.061 p1 i=5 time=0016.071 p2 - before wait i=2 time=0011.080 p1 i=2 time=0016.086 p2 - before wait i=5 time=0016.072 p3 - token granted i=5 time=0017.076 p4 - token released i=2 time=0016.089 p3 - token granted i=2 time=0017.092 p4 - token released i=5 time=0022.078 p5 - finished i=2 time=0022.094 p5 - finished i=4 time=0022.078 p1 i=4 time=0027.089 p2 - before wait i=7 time=0022.098 p1 i=7 time=0027.105 p2 - before wait i=4 time=0027.090 p3 - token granted i=4 time=0028.092 p4 - token released i=7 time=0027.106 p3 - token granted i=7 time=0028.121 p4 - token released i=4 time=0033.105 p5 - finished i=7 time=0033.121 p5 - finished i=8 time=0033.109 p1 i=8 time=0038.110 p2 - before wait i=6 time=0033.121 p1 i=6 time=0038.125 p2 - before wait i=8 time=0038.111 p3 - token granted i=8 time=0039.127 p4 - token released i=6 time=0038.126 p3 - token granted i=6 time=0039.143 p4 - token released i=8 time=0044.133 p5 - finished i=6 time=0044.148 p5 - finished
My only suggestion for Igor would be to use a check on the number of input arguments with nargin rather than exist(____, 'var') because the latter requires introspection hurting performance.
Give it a try and let us know what you think here or leave a comment for Igor.
Published with MATLAB® R2018b
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