Thread

A thread is a basic unit of CPU utilization; it comprises a thread ID, a program counter, a register set, and a stack. A traditional process has a single thread of control. If a process has multiple threads of control, it can perform more than one task at a time. A thread shares with other threads belonging to the same process its code section, data section, and other operating-system resources.

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Advantages of Thread

  • Resource Sharing: Threads share the memory and the resources of the process to which they belong by default.
  • Economy: It is more economical to create and context-switch threads
  • Responsiveness: Multithreading increases the responsiveness of application by allowing a program to continue running even if part of it is blocked or is performing a long running operation.
  • Scalability: Threading increases the parallelism of CPU by running the parallel threads on different processors, thus increasing the scalability.

Types of Thread

Threads are of two types:

  • User Level Thread: User like programmer manages these threads
  • Kernel Level Thread: Kernel manages these threads.

Multithreading Model

Multithreading model defines relationship between user level thread and kernel level thread. Models are of three types:

  • Many-to-One model: Many-to-One model maps many user-level threads to one kernel thread.
  • One-to-One model: It maps each user thread to a kernel thread.

Many-to-Many model: It multiplexes many user-level threads to a smaller or equal number of kernel threads.

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