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How to write data to an in-memory, real-time table

This guide will show you how to use DynamicTableWriter to write data to real-time, in-memory Deephaven tables.

Deephaven's DynamicTableWriter writes data into live, in-memory tables by specifying the name and data types of each column. The use of DynamicTableWriter to write data to an in-memory ticking table generally follows a formula:

Example: Getting started

The following example creates a table with two columns (A and B). The columns contain randomly generated integers and strings, respectively. Every second, for ten seconds, a new row is added to the table.

from deephaven import DynamicTableWriter
import deephaven.dtypes as dht

import random, string, threading, time

# Create a DynamicTableWriter with two columns: `A`(int) and `B`(String)
table_writer = DynamicTableWriter({"A": dht.int_, "B": dht.string})

result = table_writer.table

# Function to log data to the dynamic table
def thread_func():
# for loop that defines how much data to populate to the table
for i in range(10):
# the data to put into the table
a = random.randint(1, 100)
b = random.choice(string.ascii_letters)

# The write_row method adds a row to the table
table_writer.write_row(a, b)

# seconds between new rows inserted into the table

# Thread to log data to the dynamic table
thread = threading.Thread(target=thread_func)

Example: Trig Functions

The following example writes the trigonometric functions sine, cosine, and tangent of an X column by using NumPy. It also plots the functions as the table updates.

from deephaven import DynamicTableWriter
from deephaven.plot.figure import Figure
import deephaven.dtypes as dht
import numpy as np

import threading
import time

table_writer = DynamicTableWriter(
{"X": dht.double, "SinX": dht.double, "CosX": dht.double, "TanX": dht.double}

trig_functions = table_writer.table

def write_data_live():
for i in range(628):
start = time.time()
x = 0.01 * i
y1 = np.sin(x)
y2 = np.cos(x)
y3 = np.tan(x)
table_writer.write_row(x, y1, y2, y3)
end = time.time()
time.sleep(0.2 - (start - end))

thread = threading.Thread(target=write_data_live)

figure = Figure()
trig_fig = (
figure.plot_xy(series_name="Sin(X)", t=trig_functions, x="X", y="SinX")
.plot_xy(series_name="Cos(X)", t=trig_functions, x="X", y="CosX")
.plot_xy(series_name="Tan(X)", t=trig_functions, x="X", y="TanX")
trig_fig = trig_fig.chart_title(title="Trig Functions")
trig_plot =

DynamicTableWriter and the Update Graph

When using the DynamicTableWriter in a Python command, the Update Graph's lock is held by the command. For as long as the lock is held, the Update Graph will not be able to run. If you're using the DynamicTableWriter to create tables and plots to display within the Deephaven IDE, you may never notice this. However, if you're programmatically working with tables, you may run into some unexpected results.

For example, let's use this simple DynamicTableWriter example. What would you expect the print statement to show?

from deephaven import DynamicTableWriter
import deephaven.dtypes as dht

column_definitions = {"Numbers": dht.int32, "Words": dht.string}
table_writer = DynamicTableWriter(column_definitions)
result = table_writer.table
table_writer.write_row(1, "Testing")
table_writer.write_row(2, "Dynamic")
table_writer.write_row(3, "Table")
table_writer.write_row(4, "Writer")

You may be surprised, but the table does not contain rows when the print statement is reached. This is because the Update Graph could not run due to the command holding the lock. The rows added above are instead prepared to be added to the table at the beginning of the next Update Graph cycle, meaning the table is actually empty when the print statement is reached.

However, calling the same print statement as a second command produces the expected result.


All table updates emanate from the update graph processor. When using Deephaven's tables, it is important to understand how the Update Graph works.