I am trying to improve the performance of a Windows Service, developed in C# and .NET 2.0, that processes a great amount of files. I want to process more files per second.
In its process, for each file, the service does a database query to retrieve some parameters of the system.
Those parameters change annually, and I am thinking that I would gain some performance, if a loaded those parameters as a singleton and refreshed this singleton periodically. Instead of make a database query for each file being processed, I would get the parameters from memory.
To complete the scenario : I am using Windows Server 2008 R2 64 Bits, SQL Server 2008 is the database, C# and .NET 2.0 as already mentioned.
I am right in my approach? What would you do?
Those parameters change anually
Yes, do cache them in memory. Especially if they are large or complex.
You should take care to invalidate them at the right time once a year, depending how accurate that has to be.
Simply caching them for an hour or even for a few minutes might be a good compromise.