TLS (Thread-local storage)

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TLS (Thread-local storage)

Thread-local storage (TLS) is a computer programming method that uses static or global memory local to a thread.

This is sometimes needed because all threads in a process share the same address space. In other words, data in a static or global variable is normally always located at the same memory location, when referred to by threads from the same process. Variables on the stack however are local to threads, because each thread has its own stack, residing in a different memory location.

Sometimes it is desirable that two threads referring to the same static or global variable are actually referring to different memory locations, thereby making the variable thread local, a canonical example being the C error code variable errno.

If it is possible to make at least a memory address sized variable thread local, it is in principle possible to make arbitrarily sized memory blocks thread local, by allocating such a memory block and storing the memory address of that block in a thread local variable.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thread-local_storage

See also:
Creating UDFs in Delphi

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