Native threads in ruby

Is there anyway possible, one can make use of native threads in Ruby?
Maybe by interfacing with C or Java?

On Jan 16, 2008 6:12 AM, Charles Oliver N. [email protected]
wrote:

a command-line option:

-J-Djruby.thread.pooling=true

  • Charlie

–enable-threading will put 1.8.6 in native thread mode, but it is
unadvised
to do so. Ruby 1.9 does uses native threads as well as a construct
called
Fibers, which I think are a better implementation of 1.8.6’s green
threads.

Jason

Rick P. wrote:

Is there anyway possible, one can make use of native threads in Ruby?
Maybe by interfacing with C or Java?

JRuby supports native threads today, where each Ruby thread maps to one
native thread. There’s also a second option, native thread pooling,
where the number of native threads used is only ever as high as the
number of threads running concurrently.

Normal native thread support is the default. Pooling can be enabled with
a command-line option:

-J-Djruby.thread.pooling=true

  • Charlie

Tom M wrote:

I believe that while 1.9 does support native threads, their benefit is
minimal as there is a global interpreter lock most of the time. Is
that correct?

That is correct. Ruby 1.9 runs with native threads, but they don’t run
concurrently.

  • Charlie

On Jan 16, 7:23 am, Jason R. [email protected] wrote:

  • Charlie

–enable-threading will put 1.8.6 in native thread mode, but it is unadvised
to do so. Ruby 1.9 does uses native threads as well as a construct called
Fibers, which I think are a better implementation of 1.8.6’s green threads.

Jason

I believe that while 1.9 does support native threads, their benefit is
minimal as there is a global interpreter lock most of the time. Is
that correct?

We’ve done the best job we can making JRuby compatible with Ruby
1.8.6, and hopefully others can attest to that. The only major feature
missing is Continuations, which are a little sketchy with native
threads anyway.

As for 1.9 features, we already have some. For example, we have a port
of the regexp engine 1.9 uses, and a native-thread-backed
implementation of Fibers. We probably won’t include more before the
JRuby 1.1 release later this month, but we’ll add as many as possible
after that, including all of 1.9’s specific optimizations and support
for abitrarily-encoded strings.

  • Charlie

It looks like I’ll be using JRuby. Does JRuby have all the features that
Ruby 1.8.6 has? Are there any plans to incorporate the features in 1.9
to JRuby?

Thanks,
Ryan

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