function ExecuteProcess(FileName: string; Visibility: Integer; BitMask: Integer; Synch: Boolean): Longword;
//valori di Visibility:
SW_HIDE :Hides the window and activates another window.
SW_MAXIMIZE :Maximizes the specified window.
SW_MINIMIZE :Minimizes the specified window and activates the next top-level window in the Z order.
SW_RESTORE :Activates and displays the window. If the window is minimized or maximized,
Windows restores it to its original size and position. An application should
specify this flag when restoring a minimized window.
SW_SHOW :Activates the window and displays it in its current size and position.
SW_SHOWDEFAULT :Sets the show state based on the SW_ flag specified in the STARTUPINFO
structure passed to the CreateProcess function by the program that started the application.
SW_SHOWMAXIMIZED :Activates the window and displays it as a maximized window.
SW_SHOWMINIMIZED :Activates the window and displays it as a minimized window.
SW_SHOWMINNOACTIVE :Displays the window as a minimized window. The active window remains active.
SW_SHOWNA :Displays the window in its current state. The active window remains active.
SW_SHOWNOACTIVATE :Displays a window in its most recent size and position. The active window remains active.
SW_SHOWNORMAL :Activates and displays a window. If the window is minimized or maximized,
Windows restores it to its original size and position. An application should specify this
flag when displaying the window for the first time.
//FileName: the name of the program I want to launch
//Bitmask: specifies the set of CPUs on wich I want to run the program
//the BitMask is built in the following manner:
//I have a bit sequence: every bit is associated to a CPU (from right to left)
//I set the bit to 1 if I want to use the corrisponding CPU, 0 otherwise
//for example: I have 4 processor and I want to run the specified process on the CPU 2 and 4:
//the corresponding bitmask will be 1010 -->2^0 * 0 + 2^1 * 1 + 2^2 * 0 + 2^3 * 1 = 2 + 8 = 10
//hence BitMask = 10
//Synch: Boolean --> True if I want a Synchronous Execution (I cannot close
//my application before the launched process is terminated)
zAppName: array[0..512] of Char;
zCurDir: array[0..255] of Char;
Closed := True;
FillChar(StartupInfo, SizeOf(StartupInfo), #0);
StartupInfo.cb := SizeOf(StartupInfo);
StartupInfo.dwFlags := STARTF_USESHOWWINDOW;
StartupInfo.wShowWindow := Visibility;
if not CreateProcess(nil,
zAppName, // pointer to command line string
nil, // pointer to process security attributes
nil, // pointer to thread security attributes
False, // handle inheritance flag
CREATE_NEW_CONSOLE or // creation flags
nil, //pointer to new environment block
nil, // pointer to current directory name
StartupInfo, // pointer to STARTUPINFO
ProcessInfo) // pointer to PROCESS_INF
then Result := WAIT_FAILED
//running the process on the set of CPUs specified by BitMask
if (Synch = True) then //if I want a Synchronous execution (I cannot close my
// application before this process is terminated)
ProcessInfo.hProcess, 100) of
WAIT_OBJECT_0 : Closed:= True;
WAIT_FAILED : RaiseLastWin32Error;
//exit code of the launched process (0 if the process returned no error )
Result := 0;
// Open Taskmanager, select the launched process, right click,
// "Set affinity", you will see a check on the CPUs you selected