That is it works with just me using the site.  I am wondering how this would
effect performance if say 500 people were executing this php function around
the same time and the processing overlapped.  Is there anyway to make an
executable run as a service, I am guessing at the terminology that I should
use here, but I feel there would be a much more efficient way of performing
this task.

Well, ideally you don't run an executable. But if you must, there's some Windows program that turns an executable into a service. But then there's the consideration of communicating with it, which you could do with sockets. Or you could use a file.

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