Starting Threads

Understand how threads are started in this lesson.


spawn() takes a function pointer as a parameter and starts a new thread from that function. Any operations that are carried out by that function, including other functions that it may call, would be executed on the new thread.

The main difference between a thread that is started with spawn() and a thread that is started with task() is the fact that spawn() makes it possible for threads to send messages to each other.

As soon as a new thread is started, the owner and the worker start executing separately as if they were independent programs:

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