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Lightweight in-process concurrent programming

Project description

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Greenstack is a fork of greenlet, which is a spin-off of Stackless, a version of CPython that supports micro-threads called “tasklets”. Tasklets run pseudo-concurrently (typically in a single or a few OS-level threads) and are synchronized with data exchanges on “channels”.

A “greenlet”, on the other hand, is a still more primitive notion of micro-thread with no implicit scheduling; coroutines, in other words. This is useful when you want to control exactly when your code runs. You can build custom scheduled micro-threads on top of greenlet; however, it seems that greenlets are useful on their own as a way to make advanced control flow structures. For example, we can recreate generators; the difference with Python’s own generators is that our generators can call nested functions and the nested functions can yield values too. Additionally, you don’t need a “yield” keyword. See the example in tests/test_generator.py.

Greenlets are provided as a C extension module for the regular unmodified interpreter.

Greenlets are coroutines for in-process concurrent programming.

Getting Greenstack

Currently, the only way to get Greenstack is by building it from source:

git clone git@github.com:tbodt/greenstack
cd greenstack
./setup.py install

This will change soon.

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