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How to work around the 'cores licensing error?

>>> import pykx as kx
<frozen importlib._bootstrap>:228: PyKXWarning: Failed to initialize embedded q; falling back to unlicensed mode, which has limited functionality. Refer to for more information. Captured output from initialization attempt:
    '2022.09.15T10:32:13.419 license error: cores

This error indicates your license is limited to a given number of cores but PyKX tried to use more cores than the license allows.

  • On Linux you can use taskset to limit the number of cores used by the python process and likewise PyKX and EmbeddedQ:

    # Example to limit python to the 4 first cores on a 8 cores CPU
    $ taskset -c 0-3 python

  • You can also do this in python before importing PyKX (Linux only):

    >>> import os
    >>> os.sched_setaffinity(0, [0, 1, 2, 3])
    >>> import pykx as kx
    >>> kx.q('til 10')
    pykx.LongVector(pykx.q('0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9'))

  • On Windows you can use the start command with its /affinity argument (see: > help start):

    > start /affinity f python
    (above, 0xf = 00001111b, so the python process will only use the four cores for which the mask bits are equal to 1)