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Send and manually retrieve data


    Use a PollableDataQueue object to send data from a function that you run in the background, on a parallel pool, or in your current MATLAB® session.

    You can manually retrieve data sent from a function that you run on a parallel pool if you have Parallel Computing Toolbox™.

    When you create a PollableDataQueue object, you create a connection to the current MATLAB session that you can use to send and receive messages.

    • To send data to the current MATLAB session, use send.

    • To manually retrieve data after it is received in the current MATLAB session, use poll.




    q = parallel.pool.PollableDataQueue creates an object that can be used to send and manually retrieve messages.


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    This property is read-only.

    Number of items of data waiting to be removed from the queue, specified as a zero or positive integer.

    • The value is a zero or positive integer in the MATLAB session that creates the PollableDataQueue object.

    • Everywhere else, the value is 0.

    For example, if you create a PollableDataQueue object in the current MATLAB session, you can run a function in the background with that PollableDataQueue object as an input argument. The QueueLength property of that PollableDataQueue object will always be 0 in the background.

    Object Functions

    pollRetrieve data from PollableDataQueue
    sendSend data to DataQueue or PollableDataQueue


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    This example shows how to manually retrieve data in your current MATLAB session that you send from the background.

    Create a PollableDataQueue object.

    q = parallel.pool.PollableDataQueue;

    The helper function magicWithSend defined at the end of this example sends the sum of a magic square to a DataQueue or PollableDataQueue object, then returns that magic square.

    Use parfeval and backgroundPool to run the function magicWithSend in the background.

    f = parfeval(backgroundPool,@magicWithSend,1,q,3);

    To retrieve the output from the background, use fetchOutputs. MATLAB returns the output once the execution of magicWithSend is complete.

    ans = 3×3
         8     1     6
         3     5     7
         4     9     2

    Use the poll function to collect data from the queue.

    ans = 45

    Define Helper Function

    Define the helper function magicWithSend. The function creates a magic square, then sends the sum of the magic square to a DataQueue or PollableDataQueue object. After the sum is sent, the function returns the magic square.

    function X = magicWithSend(q,n)
        X = magic(n);
        s = sum(X,'all');

    Extended Capabilities

    Version History

    Introduced in R2017a

    See Also

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