advanced (multi) channel communication

MultiChannel: container for multiple channels

Use execnet.MultiChannel to work with multiple channels:

>>> import execnet
>>> ch1 = execnet.makegateway().remote_exec("channel.send(1)")
>>> ch2 = execnet.makegateway().remote_exec("channel.send(2)")
>>> mch = execnet.MultiChannel([ch1, ch2])
>>> len(mch)
>>> mch[0] is ch1 and mch[1] is ch2
>>> ch1 in mch and ch2 in mch
>>> sum(mch.receive_each())

receive results from sub processes with a Queue

Use MultiChannel.make_receive_queue() to get a queue from which to obtain results:

>>> ch1 = execnet.makegateway().remote_exec("channel.send(1)")
>>> ch2 = execnet.makegateway().remote_exec("channel.send(2)")
>>> mch = execnet.MultiChannel([ch1, ch2])
>>> queue = mch.make_receive_queue()
>>> chan1, res1 = queue.get()
>>> chan2, res2 = queue.get(timeout=3)
>>> res1 + res2

Working asynchronously/event-based with channels

Use channel callbacks if you want to process incoming data immediately and without blocking execution:

>>> import execnet
>>> gw = execnet.makegateway()
>>> ch = gw.remote_exec("channel.receive() ; channel.send(42)")
>>> l = []
>>> ch.setcallback(l.append)
>>> ch.send(1)
>>> ch.waitclose()
>>> assert l == [42]

Note that the callback function will be executed in the receiver thread and should not block or run for too long.

robustly receive results and termination notification

Use MultiChannel.make_receive_queue(endmarker) to specify an object to be put to the queue when the remote side of a channel is closed. The endmarker will also be put to the Queue if the gateway is blocked in execution and is terminated/killed:

>>> group = execnet.Group(['popen'] * 3) # create three gateways
>>> mch = group.remote_exec("channel.send(channel.receive()+1)")
>>> queue = mch.make_receive_queue(endmarker=42)
>>> mch[0].send(1)
>>> chan1, res1 = queue.get()
>>> res1
>>> group.terminate(timeout=1) # kill processes waiting on receive
>>> for i in range(3):
...    chan1, res1 = queue.get()
...    assert res1 == 42
>>> group
<Group []>

saturate multiple Hosts and CPUs with tasks to process

If you have multiple CPUs or hosts you can create as many gateways and then have a process sit on each CPU and wait for a task to proceed. One complication is that we want to ensure clean termination of all processes and loose no result. Here is an example that just uses local subprocesses and does the task:

import execnet

group = execnet.Group()
for i in range(4):  # 4 CPUs

def process_item(channel):
    # task processor, sits on each CPU
    import time
    import random
    for x in channel:
        if x is None:  # we can shutdown
        # sleep random time, send result

# execute taskprocessor everywhere
mch = group.remote_exec(process_item)

# get a queue that gives us results
q = mch.make_receive_queue(endmarker=-1)
tasks = range(10)  # a list of tasks, here just integers
terminated = 0
while 1:
    channel, item = q.get()
    if item == -1:
        terminated += 1
        print "terminated %s" %
        if terminated == len(mch):
            print "got all results, terminating"
    if item != "ready":
        print "other side %s returned %r" % (, item)
    if not tasks:
        print "no tasks remain, sending termination request to all"
        tasks = -1
    if tasks and tasks != -1:
        task = tasks.pop()
        print "sent task %r to %s" % (task,