Wolfram Language & System 10.4 (2016)|Legacy Documentation

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is an option for Compile that specifies whether it should create a compiled function that could run in parallel.


  • Parallelization applies to the execution of the compiled function.
  • Compiled functions only run in parallel if Listable is one of the RuntimeAttributes and the function threads over list arguments.
  • Compiled functions run in parallel using multiple threads of execution.
  • Typically, $ProcessorCount is used to determine how many threads are used.
  • If a compiled function running in parallel has several threads trying to call ordinary Wolfram Language code, only one thread can do this at any time.
  • The following settings can be used:
  • Truecreate parallel code
    Falsecreate single-thread code
    Automaticuse parallelization for optimal arguments

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Listable compiled functions can execute in parallel:

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This shows the operation running sequentially:

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Typically, $ProcessorCount is used to determine how many threads can be used:

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Introduced in 2010