[Baypiggies] concurrency talk

Shannon -jj Behrens jjinux at gmail.com
Tue Sep 18 02:11:16 CEST 2007

On 9/17/07, Carl J. Van Arsdall <cvanarsdall at mvista.com> wrote:
> Shannon -jj Behrens wrote:
> > Someone hinted at this idea earlier, but it might be fun to have an
> > overview discussion on a bunch of different concurrency techniques.
> > We could have a bunch of speakers, each speaking for 15 minutes on a
> > specific topic.  For instance:
> >
> > * Processes
> > * Threads (kernel and green)
> > * Parallel programming vs. distributed computing
> > * IO bound vs. CPU bound
> > * Asynchronous
> > * Twisted
> > * Stackless
> > * Actors
> > * Erlang
> >
> > We wouldn't actually try to cover how to use each of these.  Rather,
> > the goal would be to explain what it is and what are its advantages
> > and limitations.  That'd be a fun talk to give assuming we can keep it
> > shallow enough to cover everything but deep enough to make sense.
> >
> >
> I think its a good idea but I'd be more interested in specific python
> technologies that provide the various parallel execution techniques (I
> personally wouldn't be too interested in learning about threads vs
> processes again, but I think stackless would be really cool from what i
> gathered at pycon).  I've seen a number technologies out there but don't
> know too much about any particular one of them.  I've heard that scipy
> provides some kind of alternative parallel mechanism for the heavy math
> calculations, that might be cool to learn about.  Another thing I'd be
> interested in learning, if anyone knew anything about it, would be the
> distributed computing side of things (maybe someone's got a cool
> dispatcher that can take chunks of python code and ship the whole block
> of it to a remote site for execution, and maybe I should just research
> it myself ;)  ).
> Just some thoughts,

Concerning your SciPy comment, I blogged about this here:

There's also an open source version of Google's MapReduce which I
tried out and blogged about here:

Best Regards,


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