Chapter 6: An Overview of Operating System Concurrency Mechanisms

Networked applications, particularly servers, must often process requests concurrently to meet their quality of service requirements. Chapter 5 describes general design tradeoffs related to concurrency alternatives. This chapter presents an overview of the synchronous event demultiplexing, multiprocessing, multithreading, and synchronization mechanisms available to implement those designs. We also discuss common portability and programming problems that arise when networked applications are developed using native C-level concurrency APIs.

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