Rubyinline and rails - do they play nice

I am not sure, if this deserves a response, but i was experimenting with
rubyinline and was trying to write some of the controller code in C.

class FameController < ApplicationController
inline do |builder|
builder.c "
long factorial(int max) {
int i=max, result=1;
while (i >= 2) { result *= i–; }
return result;
}"
end

def my_factorial_fame
my_fame = factorial(1)
end

end

Now good thing about the above controller code is that, it works. And
the
bad news is, it works only once…upon the next refresh it says:

require on /home/gnufied/.ruby_inline/Inline_FoobarController_cb89.so
failed

I am not sure, how it translates into English. but SO file is there in
the location mentioned. I guess, its completely crazy to attempt this.
But i need such a thing.
I have 3000 lines of ruby code that does some very complicated
mathematical calculations and its slow. worst it generates
segmentation faults(Probably writing it in C will
generate some more of seg faults and no it was not written by me. I
would have used GSL in places at least.)

Now…what are my options? this 3000 line code is a rails controller
code.

Another question is, can i use rubyinline in background worker threads
created by backgroundrb plugin?

PS: Sorry for a bag of mixed questions.

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Hi !

2006/9/15, Hemant . [email protected]:

Now good thing about the above controller code is that, it works. And the
bad news is, it works only once…upon the next refresh it says:

require on /home/gnufied/.ruby_inline/Inline_FoobarController_cb89.so failed

You have to remember that Rails reloads it’s controllers on every
request in development mode. That’s probably your problem.

Couple of options I see:

  1. Move the code into a file that won’t be reloaded on every request
    (lib/ for example ?)
  2. Use BackgrounDRb as you suggest
  3. Web Services or something

Hope that helps !

On 9/16/06, hemant [email protected] wrote:

You have to remember that Rails reloads it’s controllers on every
request in development mode. That’s probably your problem.

Couple of options I see:

  1. Move the code into a file that won’t be reloaded on every request
    (lib/ for example ?)
  2. Use BackgrounDRb as you suggest
  3. Web Services or something

I am already using Backgroundrb for several other stuff. But i am
curious, that how it will work with rubyinline? Ruby threads, should
handle it alright…theoretically(since backgroundrb uses ruby threads)

But, i would just ask opinions of Ezra on this. Because i feel, stuff
at my end needs some real optimization. These worker threads are damn
slow and i need to make them fast.

On Sep 15, 2006, at 1:00 PM, hemant wrote:

On 9/16/06, hemant [email protected] wrote:

  1. Use BackgrounDRb as you suggest

I am already using Backgroundrb for several other stuff. But i am
curious, that how it will work with rubyinline? Ruby threads, should
handle it alright…theoretically(since backgroundrb uses ruby threads)

But, i would just ask opinions of Ezra on this. Because i feel, stuff
at my end needs some real optimization. These worker threads are damn
slow and i need to make them fast.

Note that C code typically won’t allow a thread switch, so the ruby
process will be blocked until the C method returns. Exceptions to
this include socket operations performed via the Ruby/C API and
manual calls of CHECK_INTS.


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On 9/19/06, Eric H. [email protected] wrote:

Note that C code typically won’t allow a thread switch, so the ruby
process will be blocked until the C method returns. Exceptions to
this include socket operations performed via the Ruby/C API and
manual calls of CHECK_INTS.

oh…so until if i call some method defined inside a rubyinline
function from a Ruby thread, the thread will block…till that method
finished execution?

I will keep in mind.

You have to remember that Rails reloads it’s controllers on every
request in development mode. That’s probably your problem.

Couple of options I see:

  1. Move the code into a file that won’t be reloaded on every request
    (lib/ for example ?)
  2. Use BackgrounDRb as you suggest
  3. Web Services or something

Oh…yes, i forgot that. After running the stuff in production mode,
it worked nicely. so i guess it would be ok to use rubyinline in
rails.

On Sep 19, 2006, at 2:26 AM, hemant wrote:

oh…so until if i call some method defined inside a rubyinline
function from a Ruby thread, the thread will block…till that method
finished execution?

I will keep in mind.

So long as you stay inside the C function, yes. If you call back out
to ruby or use socket operations threads can be switched.


Eric H. - [email protected] - http://blog.segment7.net
This implementation is HODEL-HASH-9600 compliant

http://trackmap.robotcoop.com

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