# Parallelize evaluation of points, storing points + output in list

I have a function which takes real numbers as inputs:

MyFunc:=[v1_,v2_,v3_,v4_]


and outputs a single real number. Now I want to evaluate MyFunc for many different combinations of input values of v1, v2, v3 and v4.

Let's assume my input values are:

v1 = {1,2.5,3,4}
v2 = {4,2}
v3 = {0.5,1}
v4 = {0.9,0.92,0.94}


Now I want to input each combination of the different values of the variables and input it in MyFunc. Then, for each set of input values I want to store them in a list, along with the output values.

So let's say MyFunc[1,4,0.5,0.9] outputs a value of 0.68, I want to store this in a list: {1,4,0.5,0.9,0.68}, where the first four values or the input values and the last value is the output value.

I know how to do this sequentially:

combinations = Tuples[{v1, v2, v3, v4}]
outputs = Flatten[MyFunc @@@ combinations];


And then I parse combinations and outputs

results = MapThread[Append, {"combinations", "outputs"}];


Now I have set up Mathematica on a server with 32 cores, so I would like to take advantage of this by parallelizing my task. I know how to parallelize things using Table, but it is important that the correct output is appended to the corresponding input values. Since things are happening on different Kernels, I have no clue how to parallelize my job producing the output results I want.

• Note also that a very simple trick to "manage" matching input and output in general, is to either make myFunc return exactly that, instead of just a number, or to make a wrapper function myFunc2[v1_,v2_,v3_,v4_] := {v1,v2,v3,v4,myFunc[v1,v2,v3,v4]} and Map or Table that instead. That also saves you from the very costly Append thing you seem to be doing; Append has high complexity in Mathematica so one should avoid using it for long lists. Commented Aug 19, 2017 at 13:58

You may use ParallelMap. Note that Mathematica preserves the order of the items return when using its Parallel* functions so you do not need to manage this. Se the Parallel Computing guide.

With v1, v2, v3, and v4 as defined in the OP.

tups = Tuples[{v1, v2, v3, v4}];


No definition is given for myFunc so I use Plus here.

myFunc = Plus;
LaunchKernels[];
res = ParallelMap[{Sequence @@ ##, myFunc @@ ##} &, tups];


A quick look shows all is well.

res[[1 ;; 4]]

{{1,4,0.5,0.9,6.4},{1,4,0.5,0.92,6.42},
{1,4,0.5,0.94,6.44},{1,4,1,0.9,6.9}}


LaunchKernels is not strictly needed as ParallelMap will launch but you have so many cores that I used it as a placeholder for any special setup you may have.

Hope this helps.

• When I use your approach, I get output results like > {variables_input_values, -921.923 (0.0456039 + 0.797885 (3.08022 (0.0417715 + 0.262132 {0.4, 0.5} ))), so I think the function cannot handle the input in the way you have described above. MyFunc is the function callOR from the Kou model, with the original code taken from columbia.edu/~sk75/webcode.txt. Could you tell me how to adapt the input in order for the function callOR to produce a single output real number? Commented Aug 19, 2017 at 14:35
• @PeterLawrence How have you loaded the callOR function? myFunc @@ ## replaces the Head of List on each list with myFunc. That is {1,2} becomes myFunc[1, 2]. Commented Aug 19, 2017 at 14:42
• My bad, callOR produced weird results for a certain combination of input values. Everything works great, thanks for you help! Commented Aug 19, 2017 at 15:22
• @PeterLawrence Have you see FinancialDerivative and the other functions in the Financial Computation guide? Commented Aug 19, 2017 at 15:28
• @PeterLawrence That sounds like you have missed a comma between items in your list of list in Tuples. Commented Aug 19, 2017 at 16:19