[Python-Dev] parallelizing

Chris Barker chris.barker at noaa.gov
Wed Sep 13 13:49:43 EDT 2017

This really isn't the place to ask this kind of question.

If you want to know how to do something with python, try python-users ,
stack overflow, etc.

If you have an idea about a new feature you think python could have, then
the python-ideas list is the place for that. But if you want anyone to take
it seriously, it should be a better formed idea before you post there.


On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 4:43 PM, Matthieu Bec <mdcb808 at gmail.com> wrote:

> There are times when you deal with completely independent input/output
> 'pipes' - where parallelizing would really help speed things up.
> Can't there be a way to capture that idiom and multi thread it in the
> language itself?
> Example:
> loop:
>     read an XML
>     produce a JSON like

Regular old threading works fine for this:

import time
import random
import threading

def process(infile, outfile):
    "fake function to simulate a process that takes a random amount of time"
    print("processing: {} to make {}".format(infile, outfile))

for i in range(10):
    threading.Thread(target=process, args=("file%i.xml" % i, "file%i.xml" %

It gets complicated if you need to pass information back and forth, or
worry about race conditions, or manage a queue, or ....

But just running a nice self-contained thread safe function in another
thread is pretty straightforward.



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