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SideTask is an alternative to Elixir's
[Task.Supervisor]( that uses Basho's
[sidejob]( library for better parallelism and to support capacity
limiting of [Tasks](

Elixir's `Task.Supervisor` is implemented as a single `:simple_one_for_one` supervisor with the
individual `Task`s as children. This means starting a new task has to go through this single
supervisor. Furthermore there is no limit to the number of workers that can be running at the same

Basho's sidejob library spawns multiple supervisors (one for each scheduler by default) and
uses ETS tables to keep track of the number of workers, thereby making it possible to start
workers in parallel while also putting an upper bound on the number of running workers.

SideTask provides an API similar to `Task.Supervisor`, with the addition that all calls that
start a new task require a sidejob resource as argument and can return `{:error, :overload}`.

Convenience functions for adding and deleting sidejob resources are provided.

## Example 1

SideTask.add_resource(:example1, 50)
potential_tasks = for i <- 1..100 do
  case SideTask.async(:example1, fn -> :timer.sleep(1000); i end) do
    {:ok, task} ->
      IO.puts "Task #{i} created"
    {:error, :overload} ->
      IO.puts "Task #{i} not created, overloaded"
IO.inspect for task = %Task{} <- potential_tasks, do: Task.await(task)

## Example 2

# Erlang spawns one scheduler per CPU core by default
schedulers = :erlang.system_info(:schedulers)
SideTask.add_resource(:example2, schedulers * 2)
for scheduler <- 1..schedulers do
  spawn_link fn ->
    for i <- Stream.iterate(0, &(&1+1)) do
      SideTask.start_child :example2, fn ->
        IO.inspect scheduler: scheduler, count: i

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## License

This software is licensed under [the MIT license](LICENSE).