Re: Threads (Was Re: Multiprocessor support)
True, but having the threads library does not enable the kernel to
handle multiple processors. Threads will allow you to make a
multithreaded application that will spawn separate threads even on a
single processor machine. Two different aspects I believe.
My point being that the kernel itself has to be enabled with SMP to
recognize both processors before any threading, etc.. can operate on the
second processor and therefore any Linux distribution will support SMP
(at least at the kernel level)
Sorry for any confusion on my part.
> On Tue, Jan 27, 1998 at 02:38:55PM -0700, Steve Mayer wrote:
> > Debian as a distribution has nothing to do with multiprocessor
> > support.
> I'm not so sure about this. I'm not really familiar with threads (any
> pointers to basic documentation/articles?), but I recall that it is possible
> to distribute threads belonging to one process amoung the CPUs in an SMP
> system. The distribution can make it easier to take advantage of this by
> having its libraries thread-safe; the basics for this are already part of
> Debian policy: "You have to specify the gcc option `-D_REENTRANT' when
> building a library (either static or shared) to make the library compatible
> with LinuxThreads."
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