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Ruby SMP Processing Tool and Non-Blocking Process Mechanism
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This class provides a mean to parallelize the execution of your program processes.
Based on the low maintenance Gardener,Garden,Seed natural design pattern.

Its for:
* running otherwise blocking loops in a non-blocking fashion
* a simple abstraction for loopback communication with a forked execution
* concurrent batch processing
* scaling process intensive computations for SMP execution

And not:
* a replacement for Thread.new invocations
* a replacement for concurrent programming languages like Erlang

Its initial implementation uses:
* pure ruby
* standard forks as mean to parallel non-blocking execution
* fast loopback sockets for process fork communication.
* serialization friendly communication with process forks
* a tier queuing fork, as a packet control middle man between process forks and the non-blocking process client
* an elemental namespace: a process queue, named the Garden, with concurrent workers, named Rows, all this getting orchestrated by a Gardener.

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Quick Start:

1. gem install abundance
2. require abundance
3. use the Abundance.gardener method to define your forking process.  Its attached block IS THE FORK.  Its return value IS YOUR CLIENT INSTANCE.
4. Abundance.gardener has simple commodities:
    * infinite loop inside Abundance.grow method's block
    * initialisation before Abundance.grow invocation, just put it there... you can use Abundance.init_status if you need init confirmation from the forks, otherwise don't bother.
    * reader and sender for socket communication with your client.  seed.sprout reads, seed.crop sends.
5. use the client to communicate with forks: client.seed sends, client.harvest reads.
6. for detailed client docs: http://abundance.rubyforge.org/ruby-doc/classes/Gardener.html , and full docs: http://abundance.rubyforge.org/ruby-doc/ 
 
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Example:
 gardener = Abundance.gardener( :wheelbarrow => 124, :rows => 2, :init_timeout => 2) do

  processor = SpecialProcess.new
  if processor.started_successfully?
    Abundance.init_status(true, processor.init_message)
  else
    Abundance.init_status(false, processor.init_message)
  end

  Abundance.grow do |seed|
    command = seed.sprout 
    results = processor.parse(command) 
    seed.crop( true, results)  
  end
 
 end

 id1 = gardener.seed('command1')
 id2 = gardener.seed('command2')

 result1 = gardener.harvest(:one,id1)
 result2 = gardener.harvest(:one,id2)

 # with many more seeds over here

 gardener.close

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Copyright (c) 2008 Louis-Philippe Perron

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