Chapter 11. Libraries

  • The Native Threads Libraries

  • Multithreaded Kernels

  • Are Libraries Safe?

  • Java's Multithreaded Garbage Collector

In which we explore a variety of operating systems issues that bear heavily upon the usability of threads in actual programs. We examine the status of library functions and the programming issues facing them. We look at some design alternatives for library functions.

Multithreading is a fine and wonderful programming paradigm as we have described it thus far. However, it's not worth too much if it doesn't have the operating system support to make it viable. Most of the major operating systems are in a state of significant flux, so it would be difficult for us to say much about all of them. Instead, we will stick with the ...

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