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task switching

[′task ‚swich·iŋ]
(computer science)
Switching back and forth between two or more active programs without having to close or open any of them. Also known as context switching.

task switching

Switching between applications that have been loaded in memory (are currently open). It generally refers to a user purposely jumping from one application to another, for example, by pressing Alt-Tab in Windows or Command-Tab in the Mac. See task switcher.

Manual or Automatic
Context switching implies switching between applications that are open but dormant in the background, waiting to be resumed where they were left off. This is a manual form of task switching.

Multitasking implies automatic task switching, in which the operating system and applications cooperate in causing the computer to move from application to application in a round robin sequence. See multitasking.
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This absence of AB effect in this experiment suggests that contrary to task switching, spatial switching cannot mediate the AB without any masking of T2.
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It removes management overhead from the cores, eliminates the need for an operating system, enables nearly- perfect dynamic load balancing among the cores, and facilitates task switching at very high rates, thus delivering almost linear speedup.
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Point 4: When it comes to juggling complex cognitive tasks, research has shown that humans actually engage in rapid task switching rather than concurrent multitasking.