[SciPy-user] shared memory machines

Gael Varoquaux gael.varoquaux@normalesup....
Mon Feb 9 05:38:35 CST 2009

On Mon, Feb 09, 2009 at 12:28:59PM +0100, Sturla Molden wrote:
> On System V IPC a shared segment it has to be marked for removal, i.e. 
> there are no reference counting in the kernel as in Windows. So I was 
> thinking out marking it for removal when the attachment count is zero. 
> But as you have used Posix V IPC I have no idea. Just make sure it does 
> not produce a global memory leak.

Hum, I believe you are right, and I have produced just that.

This means that we probably need a shared reference counter :(. Sounds
tedious to implement. Do people have any suggestions on how to implement
this? I can see several possibilities: 

    * Using multiprocessing to share the dictionnary of shared map
      addresses, but this induces a tight coupling with multiprocessing, and 
      I am not sure we want this.

    * Sharing this dictionnary via a C structure, ie to do our own
      implementation of a shared state.

    * Add the ref count information in the shared array. For instance the
      first byte could be the ref count. This sounds the easiest option,
      but I am probably not seeing some of the problems that will arize
      from this approach.

I think I am going to take a stab at option three, tonight or later in
the week, but please, wise people of the list, give me feedback on what
you think might work.


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