I would like to request to reopen: What are threads, and what do they do in the processor?

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However, if your motivation is “I would like others to explain ______ to me”, then you are probably OK.

Isn't that what the user is asking? He is asking others to explain what CPU threads are its purpose.

  • The FAQ says "Probably OK" :) — Well, remind you that what you see is not what they were asking from the beginning on. Simon edited it and made it more general, which I think can now be answered.
    – slhck
    Aug 30, 2011 at 18:37
  • @slhck I knew someone was going to bring that up. Yeah, I did see it. I hope it doesn't become the centering point of the discussion. I didn't look the edited history; probably should have. However, ask you pointed out, it now can be answered.
    – SgtOJ
    Aug 30, 2011 at 18:45

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I saw this question was aimed to be closed, and edited in to be a bit more general, but focusing on what threads were in relation to the processor. It seems to be closed, but I support it being re-opened.


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