ParallelLoopState.LowestBreakIteration Property

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Gets the lowest iteration of the loop from which Break was called.

Namespace:   System.Threading.Tasks
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public Nullable<long> LowestBreakIteration { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Nullable<Int64>

The lowest iteration from which Break was called. In the case of a Parallel.ForEach<TSource> loop, the value is based on an internally-generated index.

It is possible for multiple iterations of a parallel loop to call the Break method. If they do, this value is the smallest index of an iteration that called Break. If no iteration of the loop called Break, this property returns null. Note that the property value is unaffected by calls to the Stop method.

In long-running iterations in which all iterations after the iteration that calls the Break method need not run, the LowestBreakIteration property is used to terminate iterations that began execution before the call to the Break method. To stop iterations whose index is greater than the lowest break iteration from competing execution, you should do the following:

  1. Check whether the ShouldExitCurrentIteration property is true.

  2. Exit from the iteration if its index is greater than the LowestBreakIteration property value.

The example provides an illustration.

The following example executes up to 100 iterations of a loop in parallel. Each iteration pauses for a random interval from 1 to 1,000 milliseconds. A randomly generated value determines on which iteration of the loop the Break method is called. This prevents iterations whose index is greater than the LowestBreakIteration property value from starting after the call to the Break method, but it does not affect any iterations that have already begun executing. To prevent these from completing, each iteration calls the ShouldExitCurrentIteration method to check whether another iteration has called the Break method. If so, the iteration checks the value of the LowestBreakIteration property and, if it is greater than the current iteration's index value, returns immediately.

using System;
using System.Threading;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      var rnd = new Random();
      int breakIndex = rnd.Next(1, 11);
      Nullable<long> lowest = new Nullable<long>();

      Console.WriteLine("Will call Break at iteration {0}\n",
                        breakIndex);

      var result = Parallel.For(1, 101, (i, state) => {
                                            Console.WriteLine("Beginning iteration {0}", i);
                                            int delay;
                                            Monitor.Enter(rnd);
                                               delay = rnd.Next(1, 1001);
                                            Monitor.Exit(rnd);
                                            Thread.Sleep(delay);

                                            if (state.ShouldExitCurrentIteration) {
                                               if (state.LowestBreakIteration < i)
                                                  return;
                                            }

                                            if (i == breakIndex) {
                                               Console.WriteLine("Break in iteration {0}", i);
                                               state.Break();
                                               if (state.LowestBreakIteration.HasValue)
                                                  if (lowest < state.LowestBreakIteration)
                                                     lowest = state.LowestBreakIteration;
                                                  else
                                                     lowest = state.LowestBreakIteration;
                                            }

                                            Console.WriteLine("Completed iteration {0}", i);
                                       });
         if (lowest.HasValue)
            Console.WriteLine("\nLowest Break Iteration: {0}", lowest);
         else
            Console.WriteLine("\nNo lowest break iteration.");
   }
}
// The example displays output like the following:
//       Will call Break at iteration 8
//
//       Beginning iteration 1
//       Beginning iteration 13
//       Beginning iteration 97
//       Beginning iteration 25
//       Beginning iteration 49
//       Beginning iteration 37
//       Beginning iteration 85
//       Beginning iteration 73
//       Beginning iteration 61
//       Completed iteration 85
//       Beginning iteration 86
//       Completed iteration 61
//       Beginning iteration 62
//       Completed iteration 86
//       Beginning iteration 87
//       Completed iteration 37
//       Beginning iteration 38
//       Completed iteration 38
//       Beginning iteration 39
//       Completed iteration 25
//       Beginning iteration 26
//       Completed iteration 26
//       Beginning iteration 27
//       Completed iteration 73
//       Beginning iteration 74
//       Completed iteration 62
//       Beginning iteration 63
//       Completed iteration 39
//       Beginning iteration 40
//       Completed iteration 40
//       Beginning iteration 41
//       Completed iteration 13
//       Beginning iteration 14
//       Completed iteration 1
//       Beginning iteration 2
//       Completed iteration 97
//       Beginning iteration 98
//       Completed iteration 49
//       Beginning iteration 50
//       Completed iteration 87
//       Completed iteration 27
//       Beginning iteration 28
//       Completed iteration 50
//       Beginning iteration 51
//       Beginning iteration 88
//       Completed iteration 14
//       Beginning iteration 15
//       Completed iteration 15
//       Completed iteration 2
//       Beginning iteration 3
//       Beginning iteration 16
//       Completed iteration 63
//       Beginning iteration 64
//       Completed iteration 74
//       Beginning iteration 75
//       Completed iteration 41
//       Beginning iteration 42
//       Completed iteration 28
//       Beginning iteration 29
//       Completed iteration 29
//       Beginning iteration 30
//       Completed iteration 98
//       Beginning iteration 99
//       Completed iteration 64
//       Beginning iteration 65
//       Completed iteration 42
//       Beginning iteration 43
//       Completed iteration 88
//       Beginning iteration 89
//       Completed iteration 51
//       Beginning iteration 52
//       Completed iteration 16
//       Beginning iteration 17
//       Completed iteration 43
//       Beginning iteration 44
//       Completed iteration 44
//       Beginning iteration 45
//       Completed iteration 99
//       Beginning iteration 4
//       Completed iteration 3
//       Beginning iteration 8
//       Completed iteration 4
//       Beginning iteration 5
//       Completed iteration 52
//       Beginning iteration 53
//       Completed iteration 75
//       Beginning iteration 76
//       Completed iteration 76
//       Beginning iteration 77
//       Completed iteration 65
//       Beginning iteration 66
//       Completed iteration 5
//       Beginning iteration 6
//       Completed iteration 89
//       Beginning iteration 90
//       Completed iteration 30
//       Beginning iteration 31
//       Break in iteration 8
//       Completed iteration 8
//       Completed iteration 6
//       Beginning iteration 7
//       Completed iteration 7
//
//       Lowest Break Iteration: 8

Note that, because the LowestBreakIteration value is out of scope outside of the parallel loop, you must assign it to a variable that is visible outside of the loop if you want to preserve its value.

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 4.0
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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