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Multithreading

You might have heard the term multithreading bandied about in discussions about NT and wondered whether it was a new interface for computer-controlled sewing machines. No, it has to do with threads, which are subprocesses within an application. This section delivers the scoop on multithreading and why it's an important part of NT technology and Windows 2000 Professional.

All tasks performed by Windows 2000 can be classified as processes. During any given period of time, Windows 2000 is executing a wide variety of processes. They might include checking a user's password, keeping track of the system's clock, accessing data from a disk, printing a word processing document, doing a memory fetch from RAM, or performing a mathematical calculation.


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