A tiny wrapper for turning Node.js worker threads into easy-to-use routines for heavy CPU loads.
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A tiny wrapper for turning Node.js threads in easy-to-use routines for CPU-bound.

When my multithreaded program works like a charm

When my multithreaded program works like a charm - thecodinglove

Introduction

Microjob is a tiny wrapper for Node.js threads and is intended to perform heavy CPU loads using anonymous functions.

So, Microjob treats Node.js threads as temporary working units: if you need to spawn a long-living thread, then you should use the default API.

From version v0.1.0 microjob uses a Worker Pool 🎉

Microjob follows the same line of the original Node.js documentation: use it only for CPU-bound jobs and not for I/O-bound purposes. Quoting the documentation:

Workers are useful for performing CPU-intensive JavaScript operations; do not use them for I/O, since Node.js’s built-in mechanisms for performing operations asynchronously already treat it more efficiently than Worker threads can.

Microjob can be used only with Node.js 10.5+ and with the --experimental-worker flag activated, otherwise it won't work.

More details explained in: Microjob: a tiny multithreading library for Node.js

Installation

Via npm:

$ npm install --save microjob

Quick Example

(async () => {
  const { job, start, stop } = require("microjob");

  try {
    // start the worker pool
    await start();

    // this function will be executed in another thread
    const res = await job(() => {
      let i = 0;
      for (i = 0; i < 1000000; i++) {
        // heavy CPU load ...
      }

      return i;
    });

    console.log(res); // 1000000
  } catch (err) {
    console.error(err);
  } finally {
    // shutdown worker pool
    await stop();
  }
})();

Features

  • 🛢️ Worker Pool
  • 🏥 auto self-healing
  • 🙌 easy and simple
  • 🕔 supports both sync and async jobs
  • 🛡️ huge test coverage
  • 📜 well documented

Documentation

Dive deep into the documentation to find more examples: Guide

Known Issues

Known Limitations