"POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface) threads are a
great way to increase the responsiveness and performance of your
code. In this series, Daniel Robbins shows you exactly how to
use threads in your code. A lot of behind-the-scenes details are
covered, so by the end of this series you'll really be ready to
create your own multithreaded programs."
"Knowing how to properly use threads should be part of every
good programmer's repertoire. Threads are similar to processes.
Threads, like processes, are time-sliced by the kernel. On
uniprocessor systems the kernel uses time slicing to simulate
simultaneous execution of threads in much the same way it uses time
slicing with processes. And, on multiprocessor systems, threads are
actually able to run simultaneously, just like two or more
"So why is multithreading preferable to multiple independent
processes for most cooperative tasks? Well, threads share the same
memory space. Independent threads can access the same variables in
memory. So all of your program's threads can read or write the
declared global integers. If you've ever programmed any non-trivial
code that uses fork(), you'll recognize the importance of this
tool. Why? While fork() allows you to create multiple processes, it
also creates the following communication problem: how to get
multiple processes, each with their own independent memory space,
to communicate. There is no one simple answer to this problem.
While there are many different kinds of local IPC (inter-process
communication), they all suffer from two important
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