I need to write data in multiple files in ParallelDo loop:

 Table[s[i] = OpenAppend[StringJoin["t", ToString[i], ".dat"], 
   FormatType -> OutputForm], {i, 1, 2}]

 ParallelDo[Write[s[i], i , "\t", i + 100], {i, 1, 2}]

This leads to errors like:

Write::openx : OutputStream[t1.dat,3] is not open.

Note that writing is no trouble in a normal Do loop. What is the way to write in multiple files in ParallelDo ?

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    $\begingroup$ You are opening the file in the local kernel and trying to use the handler in the remote kernel. $\endgroup$
    – rhermans
    Jun 22, 2018 at 14:03
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    $\begingroup$ ParallelDo opens multiple, separate subkernels. Each one of these needs to have the relevant stream open in it. In the above code you're only opening the streams in the controlling kernel. $\endgroup$
    – ktm
    Jun 22, 2018 at 14:04
  • $\begingroup$ You can use Streams[] to list all the available streams in a kernel. $\endgroup$
    – rhermans
    Jun 22, 2018 at 14:06

1 Answer 1


Try something like this.


task[n_] := Module[
  file = OpenAppend[StringTemplate["File``.dat"][n]];
   StringTemplate["Date:`1`, Kernel:`2`, Iterator:`3`"][
    DateString[], $KernelID, n]];


 task[i], {i, 8}


(* {"File1.dat", "File2.dat", "File3.dat", "File4.dat", \
"File5.dat", "File6.dat", "File7.dat", "File8.dat"} *)

I'm assuming all the kernels are local so have the same $TemporaryDirectory in the same filesystem.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for pointing out the mistake. I've done a small experiment : even just defining the streams in paralleldo loop without specifying the kernel numbers also work. How is it possible? How can mathematica figures out the right kernel for a specific set of calculation ? $\endgroup$ Jun 22, 2018 at 15:23
  • $\begingroup$ @KaramveerKaur It's hard to tell without seen exactly what you have done. I suggest you post another question with all the necessary details to reproduce your experiment. Somebody (probably me) would be happy to help there. Let's try to keep the site well organized and keep each question about a single topic. Ok? Please notice that "moving the goalpost" is normally not well received. $\endgroup$
    – rhermans
    Jun 22, 2018 at 15:29
  • $\begingroup$ okee ... will do so ... :) $\endgroup$ Jun 22, 2018 at 15:33

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