pub fn initialize<T: Send + 'static, F: Fn(Generic) -> T + Send + Sync + 'static>(
    config: Config,
    func: F
) -> Result<WorkerGuards<T>, String>
Expand description

Initializes communication and executes a distributed computation.

This method allocates an allocator::Generic for each thread, spawns local worker threads, and invokes the supplied function with the allocator. The method returns a WorkerGuards<T> which can be joined to retrieve the return values (or errors) of the workers.

Examples

use timely_communication::Allocate;

// configure for two threads, just one process.
let config = timely_communication::Config::Process(2);

// initializes communication, spawns workers
let guards = timely_communication::initialize(config, |mut allocator| {
    println!("worker {} started", allocator.index());

    // allocates a pair of senders list and one receiver.
    let (mut senders, mut receiver) = allocator.allocate(0);

    // send typed data along each channel
    use timely_communication::Message;
    senders[0].send(Message::from_typed(format!("hello, {}", 0)));
    senders[1].send(Message::from_typed(format!("hello, {}", 1)));

    // no support for termination notification,
    // we have to count down ourselves.
    let mut expecting = 2;
    while expecting > 0 {
        allocator.receive();
        if let Some(message) = receiver.recv() {
            use std::ops::Deref;
            println!("worker {}: received: <{}>", allocator.index(), message.deref());
            expecting -= 1;
        }
        allocator.release();
    }

    // optionally, return something
    allocator.index()
});

// computation runs until guards are joined or dropped.
if let Ok(guards) = guards {
    for guard in guards.join() {
        println!("result: {:?}", guard);
    }
}
else { println!("error in computation"); }

The should produce output like:

worker 0 started
worker 1 started
worker 0: received: <hello, 0>
worker 1: received: <hello, 1>
worker 0: received: <hello, 0>
worker 1: received: <hello, 1>
result: Ok(0)
result: Ok(1)