Why does the number of workers decrease while running parfor?

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I used parallel computing in order to increase the calculation speed.
At the beginning, I defined mypool = parpool('local',3); and began the code. I expected that it would take a little more than 50 hours to finish the job.
However, it has been already 3 days after the beginning. I tried to check why this is happening. Then I found "Number of workers: 1". (I found it by putting my cursor on the '4 green vertical lines at the left bottom corner of the MATLAB window.') I am sure it was 3 at the beginning.
Why does this happen? If the number of worker decreases automatically, there is no use of paralled computing.
Can it be related to the memory? The job deals with huge files, and when I tried to use more than 3 workers, there occured memory allocation problem below.
Unexpected Standard exception from MEX file.
What() is:bad allocation

Answers (1)

Edric Ellis
Edric Ellis on 20 Jun 2022
The number of workers in a local parallel pool decreases like this only when one of the worker processes terminates (i.e. crashes with a segmentation fault or similar).
parfor will try to continue even after workers crash, by running the loop iterations on remaining workers. You should get some indication that this is happening in the command window.
You could check for crash dump files in the directory returned by this command:
c = parcluster("local");
There will be a bunch of "Job##" directories there - look for the most recent, that will probably the one corresponding to your currently-running parallel pool.
Edric Ellis
Edric Ellis on 21 Jun 2022
You can cause workers to emit diagnostic logging information by running
setenv('MDCE_DEBUG', 'true')
before creating the pool. I'm not sure if it will help though...

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