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Hands-On Parallel Programming with C# 8 and .NET Core 3

By : Shakti Tanwar
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Hands-On Parallel Programming with C# 8 and .NET Core 3

By: Shakti Tanwar

Overview of this book

In today’s world, every CPU has a multi-core processor. However, unless your application has implemented parallel programming, it will fail to utilize the hardware’s full processing capacity. This book will show you how to write modern software on the optimized and high-performing .NET Core 3 framework using C# 8. Hands-On Parallel Programming with C# 8 and .NET Core 3 covers how to build multithreaded, concurrent, and optimized applications that harness the power of multi-core processors. Once you’ve understood the fundamentals of threading and concurrency, you’ll gain insights into the data structure in .NET Core that supports parallelism. The book will then help you perform asynchronous programming in C# and diagnose and debug parallel code effectively. You’ll also get to grips with the new Kestrel server and understand the difference between the IIS and Kestrel operating models. Finally, you’ll learn best practices such as test-driven development, and run unit tests on your parallel code. By the end of the book, you’ll have developed a deep understanding of the core concepts of concurrency and asynchrony to create responsive applications that are not CPU-intensive.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
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Section 1: Fundamentals of Threading, Multitasking, and Asynchrony
Section 2: Data Structures that Support Parallelism in .NET Core
Section 3: Asynchronous Programming Using C#
Section 4: Debugging, Diagnostics, and Unit Testing for Async Code
Section 5: Parallel Programming Feature Additions to .NET Core

Task Parallelism

In the previous chapter, we introduced the concept of parallel programming. In this chapter, we will move on to discussing TPL and task parallelism.

One of the major goals of .NET as a programming framework is to make a developer's life easier by wrapping up all the commonly required tasks as APIs. As we have already seen, threads have existed since the earliest versions of .NET, but they were initially very complex and were associated with a lot of overhead. Microsoft has introduced a lot of new parallel primitives that make it easier to write, debug, and maintain parallel programs from scratch, without having to deal with the complexities that are involved with legacy threading.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • Creating and starting a task
  • Getting results from finished tasks
  • How to cancel tasks
  • How to wait on running tasks
  • Handling...