panda3d.core.Thread

class Thread

Bases: TypedReferenceCount, Namable

A thread; that is, a lightweight process. This is an abstract base class; to use it, you must subclass from it and redefine thread_main().

The thread itself will keep a reference count on the Thread object while it is running; when the thread returns from its root function, the Thread object will automatically be destructed if no other pointers are referencing it.

Inheritance diagram

Inheritance diagram of Thread

static bindThread(name: str, sync_name: str) → Thread

Returns a new Panda Thread object associated with the current thread (which has been created externally). This can be used to bind a unique Panda Thread object with an external thread, such as a new Python thread.

It is particularly useful to bind a Panda Thread object to an external thread for the purposes of PStats monitoring. Without this call, each external thread will be assigned the same global ExternalThread object, which means they will all appear in the same PStats graph.

It is the caller’s responsibility to save the returned Thread pointer for the lifetime of the external thread. It is an error for the Thread pointer to destruct while the external thread is still in the system.

It is also an error to call this method from the main thread, or twice within a given thread, unless it is given the same name each time (in which case the same pointer will be returned each time).

Return type

Thread

getSyncName() → str

Returns the sync name of the thread. This name collects threads into “sync groups”, which are expected to run synchronously. This is mainly used for the benefit of PStats; threads with the same sync name can be ticked all at once via the thread_tick() call.

getPstatsIndex() → int

Returns the PStats index associated with this thread, or -1 if no index has yet been associated with this thread. This is used internally by the PStatClient; you should not need to call this directly.

getPythonIndex() → int

Returns the Python index associated with this thread, or -1 if no index has yet been associated with this thread. This is used internally by the direct.stdpy.thread module; you should not need to call this directly.

getUniqueId() → str

Returns a string that is guaranteed to be unique to this thread, across all processes on the machine, during at least the lifetime of this process.

getPipelineStage() → int

Returns the Pipeline stage number associated with this thread. The default stage is 0 if no stage is specified otherwise. See setPipelineStage().

setPipelineStage(pipeline_stage: int) → None

Specifies the Pipeline stage number associated with this thread. The default stage is 0 if no stage is specified otherwise.

This must be a value in the range [0 .. pipeline->get_num_stages() - 1]. It specifies the values that this thread observes for all pipelined data. Typically, an application thread will leave this at 0, but a render thread may set it to 1 or 2 (to operate on the previous frame’s data, or the second previous frame’s data).

setMinPipelineStage(min_pipeline_stage: int) → None

Sets this thread’s pipeline stage number to at least the indicated value, unless it is already larger. See setPipelineStage().

static getMainThread() → Thread

Returns a pointer to the “main” Thread object–this is the Thread that started the whole process.

Return type

Thread

static getExternalThread() → Thread

Returns a pointer to the “external” Thread object–this is a special Thread object that corresponds to any thread spawned outside of Panda’s threading interface. Note that multiple different threads may share this same pointer.

Return type

Thread

static getCurrentThread() → Thread

Returns a pointer to the currently-executing Thread object. If this is called from the main thread, this will return the same value as getMainThread().

This will always return some valid Thread pointer. It will never return NULL, even if the current thread was spawned outside of Panda’s threading system, although all non-Panda threads will return the exact same Thread pointer.

Return type

Thread

static getCurrentPipelineStage() → int

Returns the integer pipeline stage associated with the current thread. This is the same thing as getCurrentThread()->:meth:~Thread.getPipelineStage, but it may be faster to retrieve in some contexts.

static isThreadingSupported() → bool

Returns true if threading support has been compiled in and enabled, or false if no threading is available (and Thread.start() will always fail).

static isTrueThreads() → bool

Returns true if a real threading library is available that supports actual OS-implemented threads, or false if the only threading we can provide is simulated user-space threading.

static isSimpleThreads() → bool

Returns true if Panda is currently compiled for “simple threads”, which is to say, cooperative context switching only, reducing the need for quite so many critical section protections. This is not necessarily the opposite of “true threads”, since one possible implementation of simple threads is via true threads with mutex protection to ensure only one runs at a time.

static sleep(seconds: float) → None

Suspends the current thread for at least the indicated amount of time. It might be suspended for longer.

static forceYield() → None

Suspends the current thread for the rest of the current epoch.

static considerYield() → None

Possibly suspends the current thread for the rest of the current epoch, if it has run for enough this epoch. This is especially important for the simple thread implementation, which relies on cooperative yields like this.

output(out: ostream) → None
outputBlocker(out: ostream) → None

Writes a description of the mutex or condition variable that this thread is blocked on. Writes nothing if there is no blocker, or if we are not in DEBUG_THREADS mode.

static writeStatus(out: ostream) → None
isStarted() → bool

Returns true if the thread has been started, false if it has not, or if join() has already been called.

isJoinable() → bool

Returns the value of joinable that was passed to the start() call.

start(priority: ThreadPriority, joinable: bool) → bool

Starts the thread executing. It is only valid to call this once.

The thread will begin executing its thread_main() function, and will terminate when thread_main() returns.

priority is intended as a hint to the relative importance of this thread. This may be ignored by the thread implementation.

joinable should be set true if you intend to call join() to wait for the thread to terminate, or false if you don’t care and you will never call join(). Note that the reference count on the Thread object is incremented while the thread itself is running, so if you just want to fire and forget a thread, you may pass joinable = false, and never store the Thread object. It will automatically destruct itself when it finishes.

The return value is true if the thread is successfully started, false otherwise.

join() → None

Blocks the calling process until the thread terminates. If the thread has already terminated, this returns immediately.

preempt() → None

Indicates that this thread should run as soon as possible, preemptying any other threads that may be scheduled to run. This may not be implemented on every platform.

getCurrentTask() → TypedReferenceCount

Returns the task currently executing on this thread (via the AsyncTaskManager), if any, or NULL if the thread is not currently servicing a task.

Return type

TypedReferenceCount

setPythonIndex(index: int) → None

Stores a Python index to be associated with this thread. This is used internally by the thread module; you should not need to call this directly.

static prepareForExit() → None

Should be called by the main thread just before exiting the program, this blocks until any remaining thread cleanup has finished.

static getClassType() → TypeHandle
Return type

TypeHandle

property sync_name

Returns the sync name of the thread. This name collects threads into “sync groups”, which are expected to run synchronously. This is mainly used for the benefit of PStats; threads with the same sync name can be ticked all at once via the thread_tick() call.

Return type

string

property pstats_index

Returns the PStats index associated with this thread, or -1 if no index has yet been associated with this thread. This is used internally by the PStatClient; you should not need to call this directly.

Return type

int

property python_index

Returns the Python index associated with this thread, or -1 if no index has yet been associated with this thread. This is used internally by the direct.stdpy.thread module; you should not need to call this directly.

Return type

int

property unique_id

Returns a string that is guaranteed to be unique to this thread, across all processes on the machine, during at least the lifetime of this process.

Return type

string

property pipeline_stage
Getter

Returns the Pipeline stage number associated with this thread. The default stage is 0 if no stage is specified otherwise. See setPipelineStage().

Setter

Specifies the Pipeline stage number associated with this thread. The default stage is 0 if no stage is specified otherwise.

This must be a value in the range [0 .. pipeline->get_num_stages() - 1]. It specifies the values that this thread observes for all pipelined data. Typically, an application thread will leave this at 0, but a render thread may set it to 1 or 2 (to operate on the previous frame’s data, or the second previous frame’s data).

Return type

int

property main_thread

Returns a pointer to the “main” Thread object–this is the Thread that started the whole process.

Return type

Thread

property external_thread

Returns a pointer to the “external” Thread object–this is a special Thread object that corresponds to any thread spawned outside of Panda’s threading interface. Note that multiple different threads may share this same pointer.

Return type

Thread

property current_thread

Returns a pointer to the currently-executing Thread object. If this is called from the main thread, this will return the same value as getMainThread().

This will always return some valid Thread pointer. It will never return NULL, even if the current thread was spawned outside of Panda’s threading system, although all non-Panda threads will return the exact same Thread pointer.

Return type

Thread

property current_pipeline_stage

Returns the integer pipeline stage associated with the current thread. This is the same thing as getCurrentThread()->:meth:~Thread.getPipelineStage, but it may be faster to retrieve in some contexts.

Return type

int

property threading_supported

Returns true if threading support has been compiled in and enabled, or false if no threading is available (and Thread.start() will always fail).

Return type

bool

property true_threads

Returns true if a real threading library is available that supports actual OS-implemented threads, or false if the only threading we can provide is simulated user-space threading.

Return type

bool

property simple_threads

Returns true if Panda is currently compiled for “simple threads”, which is to say, cooperative context switching only, reducing the need for quite so many critical section protections. This is not necessarily the opposite of “true threads”, since one possible implementation of simple threads is via true threads with mutex protection to ensure only one runs at a time.

Return type

bool

property started

Returns true if the thread has been started, false if it has not, or if join() has already been called.

Return type

bool

property joinable

Returns the value of joinable that was passed to the start() call.

Return type

bool

property current_task

Returns the task currently executing on this thread (via the AsyncTaskManager), if any, or NULL if the thread is not currently servicing a task.

Return type

TypedReferenceCount