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2008.08.06

I WANT MY F*ing Semaphores!

Filed under: Uncategorized — cwright @ 4:34 pm

Modern applications can often realize a substantial performance boost by dividing the work they have to do into logical groups that can be performed in parallel. Humans call this “Multi-tasking”, computer scientists call this “multithreading”. Not all workloads easily lend themselves to such divisions without a bit of effort, and even ones that endure the transformation well still require a way to re-group and coordinate once their work is done. In Computer Science lingo, these are called “synchronization points”. (more…)

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