[Mono-bugs] [Bug 78702][Wis] New - Continuations and microthreads

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Changed by alp at atoker.com.


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+Bug#: 78702
+Product: Mono: Runtime
+Version: unspecified
+OS: All
+OS Details: 
+Status: NEW   
+Priority: Wishlist
+Component: JIT
+AssignedTo: lupus at ximian.com                            
+ReportedBy: alp at atoker.com               
+QAContact: mono-bugs at ximian.com
+TargetMilestone: ---
+Summary: Continuations and microthreads
+This is a feature enhancement request for the Mono runtime and class libraries.
+It's been suggested that the feature might be implemented after the 1.2
+release. It might be good to merge it sooner if the code isn't too
+intrusive, as it's an anticipated feature.
+1) Lack of microthreads makes Mono 4 times slower than Java in the
+chameneos benchmark:
+It also means that implementing the cheap-concurrency benchmark isn't
+Java also has powerful cross-CPU lightweight thread migration features by
+2) Miguel implemented an optimisation to Mono XSP using the yield keyword
+that is trying to embody a pattern of continuations.
+3) Vendors using Mono are pushing for continuations and have their own
+in-house implementations.
+Second Life has an alternative, less performant but initially more flexible
+approach that may work as a fallback:
+4) The SoC BitTorrent C# developers have put forward that the problem they
+are trying to solve (tracking large numbers of concurrent connections)
+would have been particularly well suited to microthreads.
+5) Personal experience shows that this would make C# X11 server/proxy
+implementations which track several network connections easier to write and
+more efficient.
+6) Stackless Python is using this technology to explore interesting new
+ways of programming. Even the existing Mono continuation code performs
+better than that.
+[Mono-dev] Mono Continuations and MicroThreads

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