At PDC 2010 Microsoft showed the new Async features of coming C# (and VB.NET) versions, and quite a lot has been written about it already. Part of the Async CTP is TPL Dataflow, and this has gone somewhat un-noticed.
TPL Dataflow is a library for building concurrent applications. It utilises an actor/agent-oriented designs via primitives for in-process message passing, dataflow, and pipelining. It looks and feels a bit like Axum, and one can wonder if TPL Dataflow will be the productization (is this a word?) of Axum, especially as Axum’s future seems a bit unclear at the moment.
I am at the moment writing some test-code for TPL Dataflow, which I will post as soon as I have tidied it up a bit. In the meantime Matt Davey, has quite a few posts about TPL Dataflow on his blog. So if you are interested, go and have a look.