for and parfor
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Geoff il 4 Giu 2012
That's a thought-provoking question.
"Faster" is not always a requirement in computing. Also, there are many algorithms or simple tasks that require a single thing to be done in sequential order, and cannot be broken apart. A contrived example would be writing bytes to a file. Parallelisation is inappropriate in this case.
I would end up wanting to specify special syntax to parfor that says "only use one thread, and do it in the right order"... But then, that special syntax would be summed up best by the word: for. The for-loop is a basic construct of just about every procedural language out there. If you take it away, you need a damned good reason.
In more simple terms... parfor and for are two different tools that have their own benefits, some of which overlap. Programmers should be able to choose the best tool for the job at hand.
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Honglei Chen il 4 Giu 2012
Thomas il 4 Giu 2012
to use 'parfor' you need the parallel computing toolbox, which is not useful in basic matlab. The 'for' can be used in basic matlab without the need for the parallel processing toolbox. The parallel processing toolbox is an extra addon and costs money..
As regards to speed, it is only faster if your code can be parallelized :)
In the par for all loops need to be independent of each other.