atomic operation

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atomic operation

[ə′täm·ik ‚äp·ə′rā·shən]
(computer science)
An operation that cannot be broken up into smaller parts that could be performed by different processors.
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2 The compare_and_swap () atomic primitive tests that the location pointed to by the first argument is equal to the value passed in the second argument.
Implementation of atomic primitives on distributed shared memory multiprocessors.