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On the Comparison of Two Threads Packages

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Charles Snow



During an exercise in creating an implementation of the Modula-3 threads package on an Encore Multimax computer running the UMAX operating system, in particular making use of the ""native"" threads package EPT, some interesting subtle differences were observed between the semantics of apparently similar operations in the two packages. This paper attempts a detailed comparison between these two sets of facilities, and discusses the feasibility (or otherwise) of mapping from one set to the other and vice versa. We conclude that this is not possible without the assistance of some additional primitives.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Snow CR

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Department of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 1993

Pages: 34

Print publication date: 01/03/1993

Source Publication Date: March 1993

Report Number: 420

Institution: Department of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne