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Input/Output of data to/from a system. This usually implies file storage or network communication, but may also mean interaction with a user through a user interface.

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How does a process know the location of another's stdout, stderr, stdin? [closed]

I want to know how standard I/O channels are handled in more depth. Processes have their own stdout, stderr, stdin channels where they can read/write. As far as I know, these are stored as temporary ...
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Is Epoll/Multiplexing suitable to make network requests instead of "listen to" incoming requests?

I'm studying asynchronous IO, concurrent models for IO and how things works on windows, linux and most used web frameworks. I'm struggling on understanding why single-threaded event loops like the one ...
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Is background long running thread a good choice for disk IO?

I am building a storage engine software that allows concurrent data writing, now I have two different choices here: Method 1. Background Long-Running Thread Multiple user threads write to their own ...
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Best way to reduce database writes?

I couldn't find a similar enough thread, so i'm making a new one. My question is about reducing database writes. Context is that I have an application which increments a number in a database every ...
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Applying function to file line by line or read entirely into structure first?

I've often found myself with the need to develop tools that process large files over a network and perform an operation to every element in that file. An element may be an individual line or an object ...
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Are streams of binary data considered a form of bit banging?

Are streams of binary data considered a form of bit banging? Does this definition change if the array is buffered? I am referring software which handles binary data on a general purpose CPU; for ...
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What Actually Indicates the end of a Socket Input/Output feed?

In the most abstract, platform agnostic way possible, can someone explain what actually determines the end of input/output a socket? Is this something the programming language itself typically handles ...
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Can a C# AnonymousPipeServerStream create a non .NET client?

For example, if I want to write a daemon program in C# that uses anonymous pipes to communicate with programs written in another language, is this both possible and feasible? I ask because I intend ...
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Difference Between AsyncResult and Task in c#

So, in C#, I understand the historical difference between the two vaguely; a Task is a newer concept and the highest level concurrency native C# offers. AsyncResult is a bit more ambiguous. For ...
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How does disk wiping software access my hard disk?

I'm an amateur programmer. I have a lot of interest in the inner workings of operating systems, a subject that I've been reading a lot about. What I've understood about kernels is that on most ...
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How should we approach layered-architectures that need large amounts of continuous, real-time, communication?

Background In much of the literature I've read online with respect to multi-layered architectures, many people describe how to create the simple application where: UI presents static model objects to ...
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Android Multiple Threads for I/O Operations in Room

I have a small example that i run on a real device with 4+4 cores. ExecutorService service = Executors.newFixedThreadPool(4); for(int i =0 ; i<1000; i++){ Runnable task = new Runnable() { ...
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Sequential or parallel access to hard disk in multithread program?

In multi threaded java program, I initiate four concurrent threads with below details 1. Thread 1 writing file F1 2. Thread 2 writing file F2 3. Thread 3 reading file F3 4. Thread 4 reading ...
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Reading huge (up to 32 GB) file in multithreading env?

Goal: 1) huge file read in chunks each 1 MB long, 2) each one gets compressed and written to an another output file. Note: I am limited to .Net 3.5 only. Is there a known pattern how to parallelize ...
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What is faster, to read 100MB from file or to compile 100MB of code?

I want to generate a test scene for a unit-test (big file parser). What will be faster, to have a test file and to perform I/O on it, or to generate a large memory buffer using some static parameters ...
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How to Unit-Test a parser of a file?

I'm implementing a metadata parser of image files from all formats. I want to write tests for it. One trivial way to do so is to have test image files of all formats as a resources for the tests, and ...
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What is constraining cross-platform asynchronous file I/O?

Looking at a range of cross-platform languages, libraries and GUI toolkits, I often notice a conspicuous absence of support for asynchronous file I/O. This seems like too much of a common factor to be ...
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How do peripherals decide which address to use in memory-mapped I/O?

I've been reading about how memory-mapped I/O actually works and I cannot understand how the system assigns an address or address space to a specific device. Let's say I had two devices that I wanted ...
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One thread for all database operations or one thread for each db operations?

I am working on a server application that should handle many requests. There is one thread per each request and each request has a Database operation. Creating connection for each request and doing ...
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What does "address space" means when talking about IO devices?

The following quote is from this page: While some CPU manufacturers implement a single address space in their chips, others decided that peripheral devices are different from memory and, ...
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How does the Base Address Registers (BARs) in a PCI card work?

I am trying to understand how the Base Address Registers (BARs) in a PCI card work, this is how I think they work: Each function in a PCI card have 6 BAR fields, and each BAR field is 32-bit in size. ...
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What does "data bus control" mean?

This video mentions the following: What does it mean for the DMA controller to be granted the data bus control, does that mean the CPU cannot use the bus to access memory and IO devices until the DMA ...
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Can the CPU manipulate the pins of an IO port directly?

Based on what I know so far, when you plug an IO device into an IO port (for example, when you plug a printer into a parallel port), the printer will be represented to the CPU as just another RAM chip....
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How data is accessed in Memory-Mapped I/O?

This is an example of Memory-Mapped I/O: So basically you access the device controller registers through memory. Now my question is, when you for example write to the memory location that maps to ...
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Can an IO device have some memory space or can it only have registers?

I am learning about IO devices, and so far I have only seen examples of IO devices that have registers and no memory space. For example, this is a printer that have three registers and no memory space:...
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Are "Control register" and "Status register" and "Data register" part of the device itself?

I am studying about Memory-Mapped I/O from here. I have read the following: From the CPU's perspective, an I/O device appears as a set of special-purpose registers, of three general types: ...
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Providing a non-blocking IO API in a C library

I am working on a C library (SlipRock) for interprocess communication. The library currently exposes a simple, blocking API. This is easy to use, makes misuse (relatively) difficult (this is C after ...
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Separate Thread Pools for I/O and CPU Tasks

I've been puzzling over a good implementation for this for a while. I have a program that does a long-running I/O operation (downloading a file) and a long-running CPU operation (parsing its contents)...
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Concurrently parsing records in a binary file in Go

I have a binary file that I want to parse. The file is broken up into records that are 1024 bytes each. The high level steps needed are: Read 1024 bytes at a time from the file. Parse each 1024-byte "...
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How do I apply TDD to read/write functions?

It seems like a chicken and egg problem. You can make a write function write to some data store, but never know you saved it properly without a tested read function. You can make a read function ...
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How are low-level I/O models mapped into stream I/O abstraction?

High-level languages often expose stream-based I/O abstraction to the programmer, where blocking or non-blocking streams offer select/read/write operations. (AFAIK, message-based I/O seems is usually ...
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Does a full duplex communication object conflict with single responsibility?

I'm writing a Websocket implementation in Java, and I've set it up so that it basically just wraps an InputStream and OutputStream, and has public methods for both sending and receiving. While input ...
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What are good conventions/standards for application messaging through stdin and stdout?

I'm designing and application that spawns another processes to handle some specialized work. The application and the process it spawns will communicate through standard input and standard output (and ...
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Which C++ IO interfaces for a complex data source i.e. converter

My question: When you've got a complex converter like, that takes chunks or large result sets out of a database, converts it into a line by line file/resource in the end, should one either design it ...
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How to let multiple threads write on the same file [closed]

I have got a text file called "vholders.txt". I am making multiple threads as you can see here ,those threads work with their own given data and at last they write their own output to the vholders....
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Why is universal newlines mode deprecated in Python?

I just noticed that the universal newline feature of file operations seems to be on its way out. The documentation for Python 3.5 open's mode parameter indicates that it's deprecated: 'U' ...
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Should a Closeable throw an exception if used after being closed, even if it doesn't have to?

Let's say we have this interface: public interface OutputChannel extends Closeable { public void writeOutput(String output); } Then there are several classes which implement this interface and ...
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Why do we have to wait for I/O?

It's always been known that Disk operations are slow and we know the reasons why they are slow. So the question here is why do we have to wait for I/O or why is there such a thing as IOWait, etc.? I ...
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Readiness vs. Completion Async IO Memory usage?

I was watching this talk about implementing Async IO in Rust and Carl mentions two potential models. Readiness and Completion. Readiness Model: you tell the kernel you want to read from a socket do ...
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How "close" should a IO class/logic be to a form or thread that controls the IO device?

I am having a difficult time determining where my IO logic should reside within my application. In this application there are multiple IO devices both USB and serial. I currently have the idea to ...
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Reading using non-blocking IO on a fd asynchronously in C++ (moving from Node.js)

I'm trying to switch my brain from Node.js/Objective-C iOS programming to C++ programming, and it's a little bit taxing. Node.js and Objective-C with iOS do not have a run loop that I am supposed to ...
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Reading file during write on linux

As I understand, when a file is being written, the process writing to the file obtains an exclusive lock. So other processes cannot access this file for read. With the above knowledge, I'm unable ...
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Does it ever make sense to read from and/or write to a bound, listening socket?

I'm experimenting a little with creating a socket server, in PHP. In doing so I'm trying to abstract away the kinds of sockets I think I'll be needing, that I've tentitively named: ListenSocket — the ...
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node deep file indexer module cannot go deep [closed]

I'm trying to make a file indexer by node.js. The program is supposed to index files and folders in an array and also check inside folders and add all sub folders and files I wrote: fs.readdir(...
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Why have many programmers moved to using exception handling for input or output? [closed]

Why have many programmers moved to using exception handling for input or output? For these programmers, what is the motivation behind this decision?
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How does printf write to stdout? [closed]

I've been looking for an answer to this for a couple days, and all of the results I've come up with are about how printf accepts an arbitrary number of arguments. How does printf write to stdout? ...
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What are the underlying patterns in systems allowing asynchronous operations?

Say I'm working with a system that allows async, nonblocking operations. If I queue up a set of those operations and specify their result buffer references: nonblocking_write( message, write_buffer )...
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When are nonblocking read or receive operations useful?

Regardless of library, language, or spec, asynchronous send/write operations make sense to me, because code later in the execution path may not have any dependency upon the success or failure of the ...
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How does a DMA controller work?

From Section 5.1.4 Direct Memory Access in Modern Operating Systems by Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Herbert Bos, 2014, To simplify the explanation, we assume that the CPU accesses all devices and memory ...
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How to structure a loop that repeats until success and handles failures

I am a self-taught programmer. I started programming about 1.5 years ago. Now I have started to have programming classes in school. We have had programming classes for 1/2 year and will have another 1/...
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