[Python-Dev] Cloning threading.py using proccesses

Nick Maclaren nmm1 at cus.cam.ac.uk
Thu Oct 12 15:25:26 CEST 2006

Josiah Carlson <jcarlson at uci.edu> wrote:
> It would be convenient, yes, but the question isn't always 'threads or
> processes?'  In my experience (not to say that it is more or better than
> anyone else's), when going multi-process, the expense on some platforms
> is significant enough to want to persist the process (this is counter to
> my previous forking statement, but its all relative). And sometimes one
> *wants* multiple threads running in a single process handling multiple
> requests.

Yes, indeed.

This is all confused by the way that POSIX (and Microsoft) threads
have become essentially just processes with shared resources.  If
one had a system with real, lightweight threads, the same might
well not be so.

Nick Maclaren,
University of Cambridge Computing Service,
New Museums Site, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QH, England.
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