.NET Parallel Programming

All about Async/Await, System.Threading.Tasks, System.Collections.Concurrent, System.Linq, and more…

Updated Async CTP

In April, we released the Async CTP Refresh, and since then we've seen fantastic adoption of the technology.  We've also seen the technology landscape evolve.  Windows Phone 7.5, aka "Mango", was released.  Silverlight 5 has had both a Beta and an RC release.  And there have been multiple patches to Visual Studio and the ....

Task.Run vs Task.Factory.StartNew

In .NET 4, Task.Factory.StartNew was the primary method for scheduling a new task.  Many overloads provided for a highly configurable mechanism, enabling setting options, passing in arbitrary state, enabling cancellation, and even controlling scheduling behaviors.  The flip side of all of this power is complexity.  You need to ...

Don’t Forget To Complete Your Tasks

“Don’t forget to complete your tasks.”  That guidance may sound trivial and silly, but I recently saw it as a source of a bug in software written by some very smart folks, and thus thought this would be a good opportunity to remind folks of the imperative.Tasks represent a promise.  If you hand one out, someone else...

Updated TPL Dataflow CTP

It’s been a few months since April when we last released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of System.Threading.Tasks.Dataflow.dll, aka “TPL Dataflow”.  Today for your programming pleasure, we have another update.As mentioned in “What’s New for Parallelism in .NET 4.5”, System.Threading.Tasks.Dataflow...

Using Tasks to implement the APM Pattern

Several times recently, folks have asked how to use tasks to implement the APM pattern, otherwise known as the Asynchronous Programming Model pattern, or the IAsyncResult pattern, or the Begin/End pattern.  While moving forward we encourage folks to use a Task-based pattern for exposing asynchronous operation, the APM pattern has been the...

Parallel Merge Sort using Barrier

Sorting is one of the most fundamental problems in software algorithms; there are many sequential sorting algorithms with different time and memory complexities, but when it comes to parallel sort, things get more complicated. I will explain a simple and scalable algorithm to write a parallel sort using the .NET 4.0 System.Threading.Barrier ...

More case studies on .NET 4 parallelism support

When .NET 4 was launched, we blogged about several case studies published regarding usage of .NET 4 to parallelize applications.  Quite recently, several additional case studies have been published.  I love reading these in order to better understand how folks are applying this technology, and parallelism in general, to improve their...

TPL Dataflow CTP Refresh

Today, we released a new CTP of TPL Dataflow, otherwise known as System.Threading.Tasks.Dataflow.dll.  You can download this as part of the Microsoft Visual Studio Async CTP, which will also install the new C#/Visual Basic support for writing asynchronous methods, or you can install the DLL itself through the installer available on the ...

Little-known gems: Atomic conditional removals from ConcurrentDictionary

ConcurrentDictionary<TKey,TValue>, first introduced in .NET 4, is an efficient dictionary data structure that enables thread-safe reading and writing, meaning that multiple threads may all be accessing the dictionary at the same time without corrupting it.  It supports adding through its TryAdd method, conditional updates through ...

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