Inter-process Communication

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Inter-process Communication

(programming, operating system)
(IPC) Exchange of data between one process and another, either within the same computer or over a network. It implies a protocol that guarantees a response to a request. Examples are Unix sockets, RISC OS's messages, OS/2's Named Pipes, Microsoft Windows' DDE, Novell's SPX and Macintosh's IAC.

Although IPC is performed automatically by programs, an analogous function can be performed interactively when users cut and paste data from one process to another using a clipboard.
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Multi-tasking and interapplication communications are equally important so that multiple applications can run concurrently and share data.
The company's patented publish/subscribe technologies allow for interapplication communications across heterogeneous computing environments.
The company developed and patented publish/subscribe technologies that allow for interapplication communications across heterogeneous environments.
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The company developed and patented published/subscribed technologies that allow for interapplication communications across heterogenous environment.
The company developed and patented publish and subscribe technologies that allow for interapplication communications across heterogeneous environments.
However, direct interapplication communications probably won't be allowed, so the two environments can't cause each other to crash if something goes wrong in one of the boxes.

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