is the default value of the DistributedContexts option of functions such as ParallelTable and ParallelMap.


  • Before a parallel computation, definitions of symbols to be evaluated in a parallel kernel will automatically be distributed to all kernels, provided these symbols belong to a context given in the DistributedContexts option.
  • The initial value is $DistributedContexts:=$Context, which distributes definitions of all symbols in the current context, but does not distribute definitions of symbols from packages.


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Basic Examples  (1)

Turn off automatic distribution of functions:

Restore the default value:

Scope  (5)

By default, definitions in the current context are distributed automatically:

Do not distribute any definitions:

Distribute definitions for all symbols in all contexts appearing in a parallel computation:

Distribute only definitions in the given contexts:

Restore the default value:

Properties & Relations  (1)

Find all parallel functions that currently use $DistributedContexts:

Possible Issues  (1)

The value of $DistributedContexts is not used in Parallelize:

Set the value of the DistributedContexts option of Parallelize:

Restore all settings to their default values:

Introduced in 2010