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Task Parallel Library Improvements in .NET 4.5

by Jonathan Allen Follow 529 Followers on  Dec 02, 2011

Microsoft has been working on ways to improve the performance of parallel applications in .NET 4.5, specifically those using the Task Parallel Library. One of most impressive improvements is reducing the overhead for waiting on 100,000 tasks from 12,000,000 bytes to a mere 64 bytes.

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Patterns and Samples for .NET Parallel Extensions

by Jonathan Allen Follow 529 Followers on  Apr 21, 2010

Even though Microsoft has been working on .NET’s Parallel Extensions since 2007, there are still many features that they didn’t have time to fully implement for .NET 4.0. Some features were “too application-specific to be included in the core of the Framework” while others simply needed for testing and user feedback. So instead they are being released as a set of patterns and samples.

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ConcurrentDictionary, .NET 4.0’s New Thread-Safe Hashtable

by Jonathan Allen Follow 529 Followers on  Jan 23, 2010 3

The ConcurrentDictionary is a cornerstone in .NET 4.0’s greatly increased emphasis on parallel and concurrent programming. But while vastly superior to what we have seen in the past, it isn’t a panacea and developers need to study its semantics carefully.

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Beta 2 Brings Refinements to .NET’s Coordination Data Structures Library

by Jonathan Allen Follow 529 Followers on  Nov 14, 2009

Coordination Data Structures (CDS) is designed both to be used directly and to act as the building blocks for more complex concurrency frameworks. It includes advanced synchronization tools like the Barrier, several thread-safe collections, and a couple different ways to create futures.

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