12. Concurrency

Computer users take it for granted that their systems can do more than one thing at a time. They expect to be able to work in a word processor while other applications download files, manage the print queue, and stream audio. Even a single application is often expected to do more than one thing at a time. For example, that streaming audio application must simultaneously read the digital audio off the network, decompress it, manage playback, and update its display. Even the word processor is expected to respond to keyboard and mouse events, no matter ...

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