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Is moving heavy processing off of my webserver to a separate service helpful?

Posted By:      Posted Date: April 10, 2011    Points: 0   Category :ASP.Net


 I currently have some operations that require some very heavy processing...database calls, logic, etc..  Currently, this processing is being done on the webservers so a request may take a little while to complete.  I'm wondering if I were to take these processes off of the webservers and move them to another set of services if this would be helpful in any way?  Instead of having the webserver do the processing, the webserver would call (synchronously via wcf or soap) into another service to do it, then return the response.  What happens to the webserver during a synchronous call to another service? would it free up some processing power to allow the webserver to handle other requests in the mean time while it is waiting for the heavy process to complete?  Any info or additional thoughts would be greatly appreciated. 

Thanks in advance,

-Ryan van der Kooy

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