Libtask.jl

C shim for task copying in Turing
Author TuringLang
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Updated Last
1 Year Ago
Started In
August 2018

Libtask

Libtask Testing

C shim for task copying in Turing

Getting Started

Stack allocated objects are deep copied:

using Libtask

function f()
  t = 0
  while true
    produce(t)
    t = 1 + t
  end
end

ctask = CTask(f)

@show consume(ctask) # 0
@show consume(ctask) # 1

a = copy(ctask)
@show consume(a) # 2
@show consume(a) # 3

@show consume(ctask) # 2
@show consume(ctask) # 3

Heap allocated objects are shallow copied:

using Libtask

function f()
  t = [0 1 2]
  while true
    produce(t[1])
    t[1] = 1 + t[1]
  end
end

ctask = CTask(f)

@show consume(ctask) # 0
@show consume(ctask) # 1

a = copy(t)
@show consume(a) # 2
@show consume(a) # 3

@show consume(ctask) # 4
@show consume(ctask) # 5

TArray implements a copy-on-write array. This is useful for task copying. In constrast to standard arrays, which are only shallow copied during task copying, TArray are deep copied after task copying:

using Libtask

function f()
  t = TArray(Int, 1)
  t[1] = 0
  while true
    produce(t[1])
    t[1] = 1 + t[1]
  end
end

ctask = CTask(f)

@show consume(ctask) # 0
@show consume(ctask) # 1

a = copy(ctask)
@show consume(a) # 2
@show consume(a) # 3

@show consume(ctask) # 2
@show consume(ctask) # 3

Note: The Turing probabilistic programming language uses this task copying feature in an efficient implementation of the particle filtering sampling algorithm for arbitary order Markov processes.

Disclaimer

This feature is still experimental and should only be used with caution. Some discussions on its potential caveats can be found here.

Julia nightly

Libtask uses the libtask_julia library which is pre-built for Julia versions 1.3, 1.4, and 1.5 and distributed via the Libtask_jll package.

Julia nightly might not be compatible with the latest version of the libtask_julia library and is not officially supported. If you want to use Julia nightly, you have to add the Libtask_jll package manually:

julia> ] add https://github.com/JuliaBinaryWrappers/Libtask_jll.jl.git