[SciPy-User] using multiple processors for particle filtering
Thu Jun 3 15:55:01 CDT 2010
If you end up with most of your time spent in c code, you might be able to release the GIL and then use multiple threads, in which case you won't need to worry about process spawning overhead & shared memory.
my 2 cents,
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From: Andy Fraser <email@example.com>
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Sent: Fri, 4 June, 2010 2:30:34 AM
Subject: Re: [SciPy-User] using multiple processors for particle filtering
Thank you for your continuing help.
>>>>> "R" == Robin <email@example.com> writes:
R> On Thu, May 27, 2010 at 10:37 PM, Andy Fraser <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> #Multiprocessing version:
>> noise =
>> jobs = zip(self.particles,noise) self.particles =
>> self.pool.map(func, jobs, self.chunk_size) return (m,v)
R> What platform are you on? [...]
R> So if you are on Mac/Linux and the slow down is caused by
R> passing the large noise array, [...]
I believe that large image arrays were being copied and maybe pickled.
R> But I agree with Zachary about using arrays of object
R> parameters rather than lists of objects each with their own
R> parameter variables.
Following Zach's advice (and my own experience), I've moved all of the
loops over particles from python to C++ or implemented them as single
numpy functions. That has cut the time by a factor of about 25. My
next moves are to figure out where the remaining time gets spent and
if there are big expenditures in the C++ code, I will look into
Andy Fraser ISR-2 (MS:B244)
email@example.com Los Alamos National Laboratory
505 665 9448 Los Alamos, NM 87545
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