[zeromq-dev] Passing a python object (PyZMQ)

Arnaud Loonstra arnaud at sphaero.org
Thu Jun 4 10:59:20 CEST 2015

On 2015-06-03 17:25, Arnaud Loonstra wrote:
> On 2015-06-03 10:20, Arnaud Loonstra wrote:
>> I read here: http://zeromq.github.io/pyzmq/serialization.html PyZMQ
>> being able to pass an object without copying it.
>> I guess this holds only for the serialised copy of the data..? In
>> theory the object can be passed as a reference thus preventing a
>> copy.
>> Suppose I have an image as a python object which is produced in a
>> thread. Now an other thread wants to display it. The only transport
>> which would be able to do this is 'inproc'. However the send method
>> of
>> PyZMQ needs an object supporting the Buffer interface (I guess to
>> copy
>> the data). How would I be able to pass the image to the other thread
>> without copying it?
>> Rg,
>> Arnaud
> I've found a really nasty but simple way to accomplish this
>>>> from PIL import Image
>>>> import ctypes
>>>> a = Image.new("RGB", (200,600), (255,255,55))
>>>> a
> <PIL.Image.Image image mode=RGB size=200x600 at 0x7F7DEA624B70>
>>>> id(a)
> 140178779949936
>>>> ctypes.cast(id(a), ctypes.py_object).value
> <PIL.Image.Image image mode=RGB size=200x600 at 0x7F7DEA624B70>
>>>> ctypes.cast(140178779949936, ctypes.py_object).value
> <PIL.Image.Image image mode=RGB size=200x600 at 0x7F7DEA624B70>
> So I'm using the id() method of Python to get the pointer address
> (integer) of the object. I send this value over the socket wher on
> receiving I cast it bak to a python object.
> It's working. I don't if this will run into trouble with garbage
> collection but so far so good. It probably only works in CPython.
> Rg,
> Arnaud

If anybody's interested I created a proof of concept example. It kind 
of comes with a "do not try this at home" warning.


If anybody knows other approaches I'm very interested!



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