[squeak-dev] Multiple Images executing simultaneously

Herbert König herbertkoenig at gmx.net
Mon Sep 19 18:54:23 UTC 2016

Hi Andrew,

I'm using exactly your setup to run genetic algorithms. I have three 
running on a Raspberry Pi (linux) and three on my windows 7 laptop.

All images live in the same folder with different names and each image 
has a changes file of the same name. Never encountered the problems you 
describe. In 2007 I did the same with training neural networks in Squeak 
3.8. I see no reasons why this shouldn't work.

Not knowing Mac it sounds like you start the VM by double clicking the 
image. I start the VM which then prompts me for the image. That's the 
only difference I can see.



Am 19.09.2016 um 20:31 schrieb Andrew Coward:
> I am using the all-in-one image to carry out neural network simulations with different parameters using a MacBook Pro 2 GHx Intel Core i7 with OSX 10.11.6. Each simulation can take up to 36 hours to complete.
> I have found it is possible to have 7 or more different images all executing at the same time. Each image runs at the same speed as when only one image is running. Obviously a huge benefit.
> This works in either Smalltalk 4.4 or 5.0.
> Each image has a different name, and one oddity is that sometimes when opening an image I get the message “cannot find application”. However, changing the name of the image, for example by inserting spaces at the end, eventually gets to an image that will open (so far 1 to 4 spaces have always been sufficient).
> Does anyone know if this ability to run multiple images is a “happy accident”  or an intended feature of Smalltalk that will be preserved in future releases of Smalltalk and OS ?

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