pool can be used to run a set of Erlang nodes as a pool of
computational processors. It is organized as a master and a set of
slave nodes and includes the following features:
statistics(run_queue) is used for estimating future loads. It returns the length of the queue of ready to run processes in the Erlang runtime system.
The slave nodes are started with the
This effects, tty IO, file IO, and code loading.
If the master node fails, the entire pool will exit.
Starts a new pool. The file
.hosts.erlang is read to find host names where the pool nodes can be started. The current working directory is searched first, then the home
directory, and finally the root directory of the Erlang runtime system. The start-up procedure fails if the file is not found.
Name is sent to all pool nodes. This is used as the first part of the node name in the
alive/3 statements for the nodes.
net_adm:host_file() reads the file
.hosts.erlang for host names. The slave nodes are started with
slave:start. See slave(3).
start/1 is synchronous and all the nodes, as well as all the system servers, are running when it returns a value. Access rights must also be set so that all nodes in the pool have the authority to access each other.
This function is the same as
start/1, except that the
Args is passed to the pool nodes.
This function ensures that a pool master is running and includes
in the pool master's pool of nodes.
Stops the pool and kills all the slave nodes.
Returns a list of the current member nodes of the pool.
pspawn(Mod, Fun, Args)
Spawns a process on the pool node which is expected to have the lowest future load.
pspawn_link(Mod, Fun, Args)
Spawn links a process on the pool node which is expected to have the lowest future load.
Returns the node ID of the node with the expected lowest future load.
Starts a new node and attaches it to an already existing pool
If there is no existing pool, it starts a pool with two nodes,
the current node and
Node. This function can also be used as
a convenient way of starting new nodes, even if the load
distribution facilities of
pool are of no interest.
$HOME/.hosts.erlang is used to pick hosts where nodes can be started.
$HOME/.erlang.slave.out.HOST is used for all additional IO that may come from the slave nodes on standard IO. If the start-up procedure does not work, this file may indicate the reason.