light-weight process

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light-weight process definition

operating system, parallel
(LWP) A single-threaded sub-process which, unlike a thread, has its own process identifier and may also differ in its inheritance and controlling features.
Several operating systems, e.g. SunOS 5.x, provide system calls for creating and controlling LWPs.
(1996-02-22)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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