This page describes how stringdist uses parallel processing.
functions of stringdist are implemented in C. On systems where
openMP is available, stringdist will automatically take
advantage of multiple cores. The
on OpenMP of the
R Extensions manual discusses on what systems OpenMP is available (at the time of writing more or
less anywhere except on OSX).
By default, the number of threads to use is taken from
When the package is loaded, the value for this option is determined as follows:
If the environment variable
OMP_NUM_THREADS is set, this value is taken.
Otherwise, the number of available cores is determined with
If this fails, the number of threads is set to 1 (with a message). If the nr of detected
cores exceeds three, the number of used cores is set to n-1.
If available, the environment variable
determined and The number of threads is set to the lesser of
OMP_THREAD_LIMIT and the number of detected cores.
The latter step makes sure that on machines with n>3 cores, n-1 cores are used. Some benchmarking showed that using all cores is often slower in such cases. This is probably because at least one of the threads will be shared with the operating system.
Functions that use multithreading have an option named
controls the maximum number of threads to use. If you need to do large
calculations, it is probably a good idea to benchmark the performance on your
machine(s) as a function of
'nthread', for example using the
package of Mersmann.
Functions running multithreaded:
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