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I would like to copy some parameter from the main Kernel of Mathematica to the parallel kernels available. So I'm running now a command like:

ParallelEvaluate[var = 10, #] & /@ Kernels[]

Now running this is not a problem. But say I have another variable var2 and I want to copy its content to all other kernels or a specific kernel. How can I do this?

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Maybe SetSharedVariable ? –  b.gatessucks Apr 22 '14 at 10:09
@b.gatessucks Thank you. But I still am looking for a better way to control this, rather than sharing variables. –  The Quantum Physicist Apr 22 '14 at 10:26
I can't answer your question and honestly I'm not completely sure what you are trying to do, but for the second snippet of code you would use something along the lines of With[{var2=var2},ParallelEvaluate[var=var2]]. Also note that mapping over Kernels[] is not necessary as by default the command is evaluated on all available kernels. –  sebhofer Apr 22 '14 at 10:46
What do you mean by "a better way to control this"? What constitutes better or what effect(s) of SetSharedVariable are you trying to avoid? With regard to a reference to "the main kernel", aren't you in it? When you write var2 that IS the copy of var2 that is in the main kernel - unless you explicitly specify another kernel. –  Ymareth Apr 22 '14 at 10:54
Then you can still do what I suggested above, just with a subset of Kernels[] –  sebhofer Apr 22 '14 at 11:31

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This is not really an answer to the original question but it seems to do what the OP wanted. So as nobody else answered, I'll just go ahead and post what I suggested in the comments above.

With can be conveniently used to substitute constants into expressions such as ParallelEvaluate. The second snippet of code from the OP can therefore be written as


which takes the local value of var2 and substitutes it into ParallelEvaluate, which subsequently evaluates the assignment on all available kernels. To do this on a subset of Kernels[] one can just use

ker = Kernels[][[{1,2}]]
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Thank you. Please vote up my question, because I can't vote until I have 125 points :) –  The Quantum Physicist Apr 24 '14 at 11:47
@TheQuantumPhysicist So in this case I would suggest that you edit your question to make it clear what you are really looking for, i.e. a way to set a variable on specific kernels. It would also be worth a look if there are any duplicates out there. I did a quick search but didn't find anything appropriate. –  sebhofer Apr 24 '14 at 11:56

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