parallel_pipeline Function


Strongly typed interface for pipelined execution.


#include "tbb/pipeline.h"


void parallel_pipeline( size_t max_number_of_live_tokens, 
                        const filter_t<void,void>& filter_chain
                        [, task_group_context& group] );


The parallel_pipeline function is a strongly typed lambda-friendly interface for building and running pipelines. The pipeline has characteristics similar to class pipeline, except that the stages of the pipeline are specified via functors instead of class derivation.

To build and run a pipeline from functors g0, g1, g2, ..., gn, write:

parallel_pipeline( max_number_of_live_tokens, 
                   make_filter<void,I1>(mode0,g0) &
                   make_filter<I1,I2>(mode1,g1) &
                   make_filter<I2,I3>(mode2,g2) &
                   make_filter<In,void>(moden,gn) );

In general, functor gi should define its operator() to map objects of type Ii to objects of type Ii+1. Functor g0 is a special case, because it notifies the pipeline when the end of the input stream is reached. Functor g0 must be defined such that for a flow_control object fc, the expression g0 (fc ) either returns the next value in the input stream, or if at the end of the input stream, invokes fc.stop() and returns a dummy value.

The value max_number_of_live_tokens has the same meaning as it does for pipeline::run.

If the group argument is specified, pipeline's tasks are executed in this group. By default the algorithm is executed in a bound group of its own.


The following example uses parallel_pipeline compute the root-mean-square of a sequence defined by [ first , last ). The example is only for demonstrating syntactic mechanics. It is not as a practical way to do the calculation because parallel overhead would be vastly higher than useful work. Operator & requires that the output type of its first filter_t argument matches the input type of its second filter_t argument.

float RootMeanSquare( float* first, float* last ) {
    float sum=0;
    parallel_pipeline( /*max_number_of_live_token=*/16,       
            [&](flow_control& fc)-> float*{
                if( first<last ) {
                    return first++;
                 } else {
                    return NULL;
        ) &
            [](float* p){return (*p)*(*p);} 
        ) &
            [&](float x) {sum+=x;}
    return sqrt(sum);

See the Intel® Threading Building Blocks Tutorial for a non-trivial example of parallel_pipeline.

For more complete information about compiler optimizations, see our Optimization Notice.