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C# Windows Forms application with background threads

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Hi!

I'm trying to figure out the architecture for my next app. It needs to be a windows forms app which behaves just like a normal GUI application, but it also needs to read an Xbox 360 controller and send/receive data on serial ports quickly and continuously (something like [10 * a few bytes] per second or so). So this is what I have so far, but please correct me if I'm wrong and suggest something better if this is bad design:

- The main application is a normal winforms app, runs in the main thread
- One worker thread is responsible for reading the X360 controller (eg. through SlimDX) and passing the events to the main thread
- The main thread also has a list of what I call processors. A processor is:
- A worker thread
- Owns a connection to a COM port
- Receives data from the COM port and passes it to the main thread
- Receives data from the main thread and writes it to the COM port
- There can be a few (prolly 3-4) processors in work at once.

Does this sound feasible? How should I go about thread synchronization? Does .NET have any lock-free queues or similar built in? Any other ideas?

Thanks!

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