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20Nov/120

Gevent monkey patching versus sniffer & nose

Unless you already know, gevent is a great library built on top of greenlet module and libevent event loop, that allows for easy coroutine-based cooperative multitasking in networked applications. By the way, you know the C10K paper, don't you?

One of gevent's important features is monkey patching - ability to patch some standard Python modules to make them cooperative. There's no magic here, thanks to Python's dynamic nature gevent simply replaces the standard APIs with its own cooperative equivalents. Existing blocking code can then be reused without any modifications. Cool, isn't it? Most notably, gevent patches socket (replacing blocking I/O with libevent-based asynchronous one), thread and threading modules (replacing threads with greenlets). Continue reading…