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Parallel Computing in .NET
James Rapp
TOPICS
• Task Parallel Library
• Parallel Debugging
• Parallel Profiling
TYPES OF PARALLELISM
Data Parallelism
Occurs when you carry out the same operation on multiple subsets of the
data simulta...
TYPES OF PARALLELISM
Task Parallelism
One or more independent tasks running concurrently
Examples:
• Sorting
• Dataflow Ne...
WHY IS PARALLELISM RELEVANT?
• Moore’s law: Transistor count doubles every two years
• We’ve reached the physical limits o...
TASK PARALLEL LIBRARY
Implementing Thread-Based Parallelism
• Tedious and error-prone
• Difficult to read
• Threads are he...
Tasks (System.Threading.Tasks)
Task – A lightweight schedulable unit of work.
• Represents an asynchronous operation
• Hig...
.NET PARALLELISM OVERVIEW
Operating System
Threads
Concurrency Runtime
ThreadPool
Task Scheduler
Resource Manager
Develope...
A NOTE ON CHILD TASKS
Behavior Detached Attached
Parent waits for child to
complete
No Yes
Parent propagates exceptions
th...
CONCURRENT COLLECTIONS
(System.Collections.Concurrent)
Class Description
ConcurrentDictionary Collection of key/value pair...
TPA DATAFLOW
(System.Threading.Tasks.Dataflow)
• Meant for course-grained dataflow or pipeline tasks
• Useful for processi...
.NET ASYNC
• Symplifies asynchronous programming
• Improves UI responsiveness and performance
async Task<int> AccessTheWeb...
NOT COVERED (Suggestions for
Further Research)
• Other Parallel Programming Models in .NET
– PLINQ
• Native Concurrency
– ...
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Have you ever had to endure the pain of manually creating threads?

This talk introduces enhancements in Visual Studio and .NET that make developing high-throughput, asynchronous, and low-latency applications attainable.

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  1. 1. Parallel Computing in .NET James Rapp
  2. 2. TOPICS • Task Parallel Library • Parallel Debugging • Parallel Profiling
  3. 3. TYPES OF PARALLELISM Data Parallelism Occurs when you carry out the same operation on multiple subsets of the data simultaneously and independently. Examples: • Matrix multiplication • Jacobi Relaxation • Ray Tracing
  4. 4. TYPES OF PARALLELISM Task Parallelism One or more independent tasks running concurrently Examples: • Sorting • Dataflow Networks • Asynchrony
  5. 5. WHY IS PARALLELISM RELEVANT? • Moore’s law: Transistor count doubles every two years • We’ve reached the physical limits of clock speed • Solution: Scale horizontally, not vertically • The free lunch is over: We now must right parallel code if we want to benefit from better hardware
  6. 6. TASK PARALLEL LIBRARY Implementing Thread-Based Parallelism • Tedious and error-prone • Difficult to read • Threads are heavyweight • Wrong abstraction level TPL • Simplifies parallel programming • Raises the level of abstraction • Encapsulates common patterns • Enables fine-grained control
  7. 7. Tasks (System.Threading.Tasks) Task – A lightweight schedulable unit of work. • Represents an asynchronous operation • Higher level of abstraction than a ThreadPool work item Purpose of Tasks • Simplifies low-level details such as cancellation or exception handling. • More control – rich APIs for continuations, custom scheduling, etc.
  8. 8. .NET PARALLELISM OVERVIEW Operating System Threads Concurrency Runtime ThreadPool Task Scheduler Resource Manager Developer Tools Parallel Debugger Concurrency Visualizer Programming Models PLINQ Task Parallel Library
  9. 9. A NOTE ON CHILD TASKS Behavior Detached Attached Parent waits for child to complete No Yes Parent propagates exceptions thrown by child No Yes Status of parent depends on status of child No Yes
  10. 10. CONCURRENT COLLECTIONS (System.Collections.Concurrent) Class Description ConcurrentDictionary Collection of key/value pairs that can be accessed by safely by multiple threads ConcurrentQueue Thread-safe FIFO collection ConcurrentStack Thread-safe LIFO collection Partitioner Provides common partitioning strategies for arrays, lists, and enumerables ConcurrentBag Thread-safe, unordered collection of objects BlockingCollection Provides blocking and bounding capabilities for thread-safe collections that implement IProducerConsumerCollection<T> Etc. • Thread-safe collection classes – Optimized for performance – Should be used instead of System.Collections and System.Collections.Generic
  11. 11. TPA DATAFLOW (System.Threading.Tasks.Dataflow) • Meant for course-grained dataflow or pipeline tasks • Useful for processing data as it becomes available (e.g. red eye reduction on a web cam)
  12. 12. .NET ASYNC • Symplifies asynchronous programming • Improves UI responsiveness and performance async Task<int> AccessTheWebAsync() { HttpClient client = new HttpClient(); Task<string> getStringTask = client.GetStringAsync(“www.geneca.com"); //Work that doesn’t rely on getStringTask DoIndependentWork(); string urlContents = await getStringTask; return urlContents.Length; }
  13. 13. NOT COVERED (Suggestions for Further Research) • Other Parallel Programming Models in .NET – PLINQ • Native Concurrency – Parallel Patterns Library • Data Parallelism on the GPU – C++ AMP
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