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Guru's Guide to SQL Server Architecture and Internals, The by Ken Henderson

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Threads

A thread is the facility by which program code is executed in Windows. It is the only Windows object capable of running code. A thread is always created within the context of a process and lives its entire life within that process.

A thread is the only means by which a process carries out work. Without threads, processes can't do anything.

Key Thread Terms and Concepts

Entry-point function— the function address at which a thread begins executing. For the main thread, this is the entry point of the application (often a function named main() or something similar); for all other threads, the entry-point function is specified when the thread is created and is basically a simple callback routine.

Thread— the Windows object by which application ...

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