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ECE 329 Operating Systems Chapter 5 1 of 6 Threads Threads (also called lightweight process , LWP) are the basic unit of CPU operation. A heavyweight process is one which consists of only one thread. Each thread has associated with it Thread ID Program Counter Register Set Stack All threads of a single process share the same Code Section Data Section Operating System Resources Kernel Threads are created, scheduled, and maintained by the operating system. User Threads are maintained “above” the kernel through a thread library. Kernel threads are generally more costly to maintain.
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ECE 329 Operating Systems Chapter 5 2 of 6 The Benefits of Multiple Threads are that they allow for: Responsiveness – They permit interaction with the user while other thread(s) is/are running or even blocked. Sharing – Since threads share memory, related threads can share/communicate data. Efficiency – Since threads share resources, maintaining and
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