run_with_fork

Some simple parallelism for Crystal
0.5.0 Latest release released

run_with_fork

Some simple parallelism for Crystal. Run some heavy or blocked thread operations in background fork. Fork created for every new task and exit when done.

Installation

Add this to your application's shard.yml:

dependencies:
  run_with_fork:
    github: kostya/run_with_fork

Usage

require "run_with_fork"
require "digest/md5"

def heavy_operation(str)
  1000.times { str = Digest::MD5.hexdigest(str) }
  str
end

pid, read_io = Process.run_with_fork do |write_io|
  write_io.puts heavy_operation("bla")
end

res = read_io.gets
read_io.close

puts res

Example concurrent

without fork:

crystal examples/2.cr --release -- 100 10000 0

00:00:03.380020000

with fork:

crystal examples/2.cr --release -- 100 10000 1

00:00:00.758754000
require "run_with_fork"
require "digest/md5"

t = Time.now

res = Channel(String).new

times = (ARGV[0]? || 100).to_i
count = (ARGV[1]? || 10000).to_i
use_fork = (ARGV[2]? == "1")

puts "use #{use_fork ? "fork" : "fiber"}"

def operation(count, data)
  s = ""
  count.times do
    s = Digest::MD5.hexdigest("#{data} bla #{s}")
  end
  "done #{data} #{s}"
end

times.times do |i|
  spawn do
    if use_fork
      pid, r = Process.run_with_fork do |w|
        w.puts operation(count, i)
      end

      s = r.gets
      r.close
      res.send s.not_nil!
    else
      res.send operation(count, i)
    end
  end
end

times.times do
  p res.receive
end

p Time.now - t

Example use msgpack to exchange data

require "run_with_fork"
require "msgpack"

pid, read_io = Process.run_with_fork do |write_io|
  1.to_msgpack(write_io)
  "done".to_msgpack(write_io)
  [1, 2, 3].to_msgpack(write_io)
end

pull = MessagePack::Unpacker.new(read_io)

p pull.read_uint         # => 1_u8
p pull.read_string       # => "done"
p Array(Int32).new(pull) # => [1, 2, 3]

read_io.close
run_with_fork:
  github: kostya/run_with_fork
  version: ~> 0.5.0
License MIT
Crystal 0.27.0

Authors

Dependencies 0

Development Dependencies 1

  • msgpack
    {'github' => 'crystal-community/msgpack-crystal'}

Dependents 0

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