Tasks

Now that we've learned about threads, let's discuss tasks for asynchronous programming.

In addition to threads, C++ has tasks to perform work asynchronously. Tasks need the header . A task is parameterized with a work package and consists of the two associated components, a promise, and a future. Both are connected via a data channel. The promise executes the work packages and puts the result in the data channel; the associated future picks up the result. Both communication endpoints can run in separate threads. What’s special is that the future can pick up the result at a later time. Therefore the calculation of the result by the promise is independent of the query of the result by the associated future.

🔑 Regard tasks as data channels
Tasks behave like data channels. The promise puts its result in the data channel. The future waits for it and picks it up.

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