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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The Internet is still an infant in the ability to create inter-process networking, but leading edge application developers are already designing into their systems the ability to use the Internet and browser technologies to move rapidly to inter-application communication models of processing.

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