Since image processing is both trendy and a good candidate for parallel optimizations, I took the time to implement a little program that compute a part of the Mandelbrot set (a well known fractal) in a fancy way :
Now for the facts & numbers :
Sequential generation : 26.5s
Parallel generation : 13.7s
Effective speedup : 2 times faster (dual core computer)
# changes between sequential and parallel : 3 lines
Oh, and this was done using the ParallelFx bundled with Mono 2.6 that you can already use today in your applications.
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