We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Multithreading?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
EasyTechJunkie is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At EasyTechJunkie, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

In the world of computing, multithreading is the task of creating a new thread of execution within an existing process rather than starting a new process to begin a function. Essentially, the task of multithreading is intended to make wiser use of computer resources by allowing resources that are already in use to be simultaneously utilized by a slight variant of the same process. The basic concept of multithreading has been around for some time, but gained wider attention as computers became more commonplace during the decade of the 1990’s.

This form of time-division multiplexing creates an environment where a program is configured to allow processes to fork or split into two or more threads of execution. The parallel execution of threads within the same program is often touted as a more efficient use of the resources of the computer system, especially with desktop and laptop systems. By allowing a program to handle multiple tasks with a multithreading model, the system does not have to allow for two separate programs to initiate two separate processes and have to make use of the same files at the same time.

While there are many proponents of multithreading, there are also those that understand the process as being potentially harmful to the task of computing. The time slicing that is inherent in allowing a fork or thread to split off from a running process is thought by some to set up circumstances where there may be some conflict between threads when attempting to share caches or other hardware resources. There is also some concern that the action of multithreading could lower the response time of each single thread in the process, effectively negating any time savings that is generated by the configuration.

However, multithreading remains one of the viable options in computer multitasking. It is not unusual for a processor to allow for both multithreading as well as the creation of new processes to handle various tasks. This allows the end user all the benefits of context switching while still making the best use of available resources.

EasyTechJunkie is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum , Writer
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including EasyTechJunkie, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.

Discussion Comments

By anon106632 — On Aug 26, 2010

I am virtually as clueless as I was before I read the article. So, is multithreading better and faster or not? is this a gimmick to persuade us to upgrade, by inventing another variable?

By anon49387 — On Oct 20, 2009

I understand now, barely i just would need a better explanation of multitasking to truly understand it all.

Malcolm Tatum

Malcolm Tatum


Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
Learn more
EasyTechJunkie, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

EasyTechJunkie, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.