scala parallel collections degree of parallelism

With the newest trunk, using the JVM 1.6 or newer, use the:

collection.parallel.ForkJoinTasks.defaultForkJoinPool.setParallelism(parlevel: Int)

This may be a subject to changes in the future, though. A more unified approach to configuring all Scala task parallel APIs is planned for the next releases.

Note, however, that while this will determine the number of processors the query utilizes, this may not be the actual number of threads involved in running a query. Since parallel collections support nested parallelism, the actual thread pool implementation may allocate more threads to run the query if it detects this is necessary.


Starting from Scala 2.10, the preferred way to set the parallelism level is through setting the tasksupport field to a new TaskSupport object, as in the following example:

scala> import scala.collection.parallel._
import scala.collection.parallel._

scala> val pc = mutable.ParArray(1, 2, 3)
pc: scala.collection.parallel.mutable.ParArray[Int] = ParArray(1, 2, 3)

scala> pc.tasksupport = new ForkJoinTaskSupport(new scala.concurrent.forkjoin.ForkJoinPool(2))
pc.tasksupport: scala.collection.parallel.TaskSupport = scala.collection.parallel.ForkJoinTaskSupport@4a5d484a

scala> pc map { _ + 1 }
res0: scala.collection.parallel.mutable.ParArray[Int] = ParArray(2, 3, 4)

While instantiating the ForkJoinTaskSupport object with a fork join pool, the parallelism level of the fork join pool must be set to the desired value (2 in the example).

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