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Concurrent merged clients from the same computer

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You asked for a way to run multiple clients on the same computer AND simultaneously connect them to the same 4D Server. We not only heard you, we’re giving you even more with 4D v17 R5! Each connection now includes a separated cache folder containing the connection’s IP address, port, and a hash code. Thanks to this, you can now also connect several clients from the same machine to multiple servers on different machines. There’s no configuration necessary, just launch and watch it work!

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Improved performance: up to 8xs faster (no, that’s not a typo)!

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Scalability is one of our primary concerns and 4D v17 R5 brings good news in this area, particularly for those with a heavy process load on their 4D Server. You’ll notice significant improved performance speeds when remote clients (one, two, or even hundreds) are connected to your server.

4D’s internal architecture has been enhanced and now processor usage is fully optimizedopens in a new tab) in preemptive mode and simultaneous read/write accesses on the same table. As a result, you could see performance 4 to 8xs faster!

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64-bit support brings new opportunities

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Without sugarcoating it, 4D v17 R5 is 64-bit only! It’s no secret that many features, such as preemptive processes, new cache manager, 4D View Pro, and more are already only available in 64-bit. The bright side is that focusing on 64-bit systems makes it possible for us to incorporate more modern technologies and feature sets, as well as update many libraries. This change also brings new opportunities and in this blog post we’ll focus on the updated libraries and the positive impact on your 4D applications.

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Make your solutions scalable with preemptive multi-threading – Add K. from 4D Summit 2018

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Preemptive processes are powerful since they allow your applications to take full advantage of multi-core computers; consequently, this results in faster global execution time and more connected users. With 4D v17, we went a step further by providing you 1,000+ thread-safe commands!

Watch the Preemptive multi-threading video from the 4D Summit 2018 Keynote. It features Add Komoncharoensiri, Director of Technical Services (4D USA), explaining how the preemptive support in 4D helps you take advantage of your multi-core machines, as well as the new concepts we shipped along the way to help you boost performance and efficiency.

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More commands to run in preemptive processes

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A preemptive process is powerful as it allows your application to take full advantage of multi-core computers; consequently, its results in a faster global execution time and more connected users. A 4D process may be preemptive or not according to compilation options and the use of the language, as explained in this post.

In order to benefit from this mode as much as possible we are pleased to announce that more than twenty existing commands have been enhanced and can now be used inside preemptive processes.

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4D Summit 2016: Laurent Esnault presents workers and UI in preemptive mode

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Our own VP of Engineering, Laurent Esnault, explains exchanging information between multiple processes AND between processes and forms during his Break Out Session: Preemptive Multi-threading at 4D Summit 2016. Thanks to preemptive multi-threading, you can have more parallel processes, and thus add more and more users, for either desktop or web applications.

If you missed Laurent’s session at 4D Summit 2016, watch this 15-min video and enjoy some personal training by the master of preemptive multi-threading!

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Difference between cooperative and preemptive explained by Laurent Esnault at 4D Summit 2016

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Laurent Esnault, VP of Engineering, explains the difference between cooperative and preemptive processes during his Break Out Session about Preemptive Multi-threading at 4D Summit 2016. Thanks to Preemptive Multi-threading, you can have more parallel processes, and thus add more and more users, either for desktop or for web applications.

If you missed Laurent’s session at 4D Summit 2016, watch this video and enjoy some personal training by the master of preemptive multi-threading!

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Web Server in preemptive mode

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We are moving forward with 4D v16 on preemptive multi-threading as the 4D Web Server is also becoming preemptive. Just click one checkbox and your application will support more simultaneously connected users, and process more requests in parallel. For requests using a lot of CPU time, execution can be up to 2 times faster!

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Preemptive processes for 4D language

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Since 4D v11, the database server and SQL server both use preemptive multi-threading. Starting with 4D v13, the Web Server in Static mode also uses preemptive. Now with v15 R5, the 4D language can also be run in preemptive processes.