Job batch controller

I would like to share an small pattern a came up some time ago which could be handy when throwing a finite number of asynchronous jobs and wait for all of them to finish.

Job batch controller

The basic idea is to execute a finite numbers of parallel jobs using a thread pool and let each one notify its parent controller after the job has been finished successfully or aborted. The controller will be awaken when a new notification arrives, collect it, do something with the data and go back to sleep until all jobs have been executed or some condition is met. After all jobs have been finished a new bunch of jobs can be executed again.

Sompe implementation in C# follows:


using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Threading;

namespace BatchController
public interface IThreadJob
	void Execute();
	void DoSomething();
	void SetParams(IDictionary parameters, 
	               Queue jobs_queue);
	void SetEventHandlers(ref EventWaitHandle waitHandle, 
	                      ref EventWaitHandle toSignalHandle);

public class DummyJob : IThreadJob
	EventWaitHandle _waitHandle, _toSignalHandle;
	Guid _guid;
	Queue _jobsQueue;
	IDictionary _parameters; 
	public void Execute(){
		// Do you stuff here
		// ...
		int wait = 400;
		System.Console.Write("Job " + _guid.ToString() + " is waiting " 
		                     + wait.ToString() + " millisecs.\n");
		System.Console.Write("Job " + _guid.ToString() 
		                     + " executed.\n");
		// wait for the queue lock
		// Add ourselves to the dosomething queue
		// Let the controller know we are done
	public void DoSomething(){
		System.Console.Write("Job " + _guid.ToString() 
		                     + " has done something.\n");
	public void SetParams(IDictionary parameters, 
	                      Queue jobs_queue){
		_guid = Guid.NewGuid();
		_jobsQueue = jobs_queue;
		_parameters = parameters;
	public void SetEventHandlers(ref EventWaitHandle waitHandle, 
	                             ref EventWaitHandle toSignalHandle)
		_waitHandle = waitHandle;
		_toSignalHandle = toSignalHandle;

public class Controller
	Queue jobsQueue;
	ArrayList jobsList;
	EventWaitHandle jobNotificationEvent;
	EventWaitHandle readyToDoSomethingEvent;
	public Controller()
		jobsQueue = new Queue();
		jobNotificationEvent = 
			new EventWaitHandle(false, EventResetMode.AutoReset);
		readyToDoSomethingEvent = 
			new EventWaitHandle(false, EventResetMode.AutoReset);
	public void SetJobList(ArrayList jobs)
		jobsList = jobs;
	public void ExecuteJobs()
		foreach(IThreadJob job in jobsList)
			job.SetParams(null, jobsQueue);
			job.SetEventHandlers(ref readyToDoSomethingEvent, 
			                     ref jobNotificationEvent);
			Thread.Sleep(200); // Do not launch to many jobs at once
	public void DoSomethingLater(){
		int num = 0;
		while(num < jobsList.Count){
			// Let know the jobs we are idle
			// Go to sleep while waiting
			// We got something to do
			IThreadJob job = jobsQueue.Dequeue();
		// All jobs are done
	static  void Callback_DoJob(object job)
		// Unboxing performance penalty
		IThreadJob thread_job = (IThreadJob)job;


using System;
using System.Collections;

namespace BatchController
class MainClass
	public static void Main(string[] args)
		Console.WriteLine("***Starting demo...\n\n");
		Controller controller = new Controller();
		ArrayList arrayList = new ArrayList();
		for(int i=0; i < 10; i++){
			arrayList.Add(new DummyJob());
		// Do some stuff here with this thread
		Console.WriteLine("\n***Demo finished.");

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