Microsoft’s really steppin’ things up! Three major announcements today: first Silverlight 2.0, then ASP.NET Extensions and now the first public release of the Parallel Extensions library. Unlike the former two,which are due out some time next week, you can download the Parallel Extensions right here , right now!
While you’re waiting for the download, check out this article that was released in the October 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine titled “Running Queries on Multi-Core Processors”. There’s another article in that same issue titled “Optimize Managed Code For Multi-Core Machines” which is also a must read and includes a real world code sample. For a more general intro to parallel processing, check out this whitepaper titled “The Manycore Shift”.