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RE[10]: "19th Century Dentist"
by Alfman on Wed 23rd May 2012 18:02 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: "19th Century Dentist""
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More info on Metro background tasks:

Below are some snippets. Metro background processing quota's are above "zero", but still extremely limited.

"Scenarios that are not appropriate for background tasks are indexing mail, transcoding photos, running SETI type workloads, or anything that requires user interaction through displaying UI or audio."

Table 5 – CPU resource constraints on background tasks
Lock screen app: 2 CPU seconds per 15 minutes
Non-lock screen app: 1 CPU second per 2 hours

Table 6 – Example network throughput for background Data throughput, in megabytes (MB)

Lock screen apps:
From 188KB to 3.5MB per 15min depending on bandwidth (avg 208B to 4.2KB per s).

Non-lock screen apps:
From 3MB to 60MB per day (avg 34B to 694B per s)

"Critical background tasks
Real-time applications like VOIP that rely on the Control Channel or Push Notification trigger may not want their critical background tasks to be suspended due to resource constraints in the middle of something important; for example,. an incoming call. Hence, background tasks that use the Control Channel or Push Notification trigger receive guaranteed application resource quotas (CPU and network) for every running task."

"if a device is running on AC power then background tasks are not network constrained. They are free to use as much network bandwidth as they need ... Note that CPU usage for a background task is always resource constrained even if the device is running on AC power."

"Threading model for background tasks hosted in the app
If background tasks authored in C# or C++ are hosted within the app instead of the recommended BackgroundTaskHost.exe, there are some threading model complexities to keep in mind.

Decoupling the background task from the app
For non-JavaScript apps, the background tasks are hosted in an in-proc DLL that is loaded in a multi-threaded apartment (MTA) within the app. For JavaScript apps, background tasks are launched in a new single-threaded apartment (STA) within the WWA host process. The actual background task class can be either an STA or MTA threading type. Because background tasks can run when an app is in a Suspended or Terminated state, they need to be decoupled from the foreground app. Loading the background task DLL in a separate apartment enforces separation of the background task from the app while allowing the background task to be controlled independently of the app."

This is all ok for power constrained tablets, but it's kind of wasteful to impose on owners running metro on multicore desktops with oodles of ram. A better approach is to give owners a choice in the matter so they can configure metro however they want.

Edited 2012-05-23 18:14 UTC

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