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Concurrent Collection Operations

A set of categories for performing concurrent map and filter operations on Foundation data structures. NSArray, NSDictionary, NSSet, NSOrderedSet, and NSMapTable (OS X) are currently supported.

Concurrency is achieved using Grand Central Dispatch's dispatch_apply. By default, operations are run on the default priority global concurrent queue (DISPATCH_QUEUE_PRIORITY_DEFAULT). The operations can be performed on any concurrent queue, see the category header files.

Please note that using this code could actually result in slower performance. For example, if a map or filter operation uses up a large amount of memory, then performing it concurrently could cause memory thrashing. Currently, this API does not offer a way to limit the amount of concurrency, but doing so explicitly with dispatch_semaphore is straight forward.

This library is based off code and ideas from @alloy and @seanlilmateus.


Install via CocoaPods, or by adding the Xcode project to your project.


These examples are taken from the tests.

Doubling the values of an array:

NSArray *doubled = [numbersArray cco_concurrentMap:^(NSNumber *number) {
    return @(2 * number.unsignedIntegerValue);

Filtering even numbers out of a dictionary:

NSDictionary *filtered = [numbersDictionary cco_concurrentFilter:^BOOL (NSNumber *number) {
    return number.unsignedIntegerValue % 2 == 1;


ConcurrentCollectionOperations has been made by @alloy, @CodaFi, @jballanc, @kastiglione, and @seanlilmateus.


  1. Write heavier/stressing tests.


Concurrent Collection Operations is released under the MIT License. See LICENSE.txt.


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