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What is the difference between Multi threading vs Multiprocessing in python?

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What is the difference between Multi threading vs Multiprocessing in python?
posted Jan 31 by anonymous

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The threading module uses threads, the multiprocessing module uses processes. The difference is that threads run in the same memory space, while processes have separate memory. This makes it a bit harder to share objects between processes with multiprocessing.

answer Feb 18 by Anuprasad
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 pass

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choosing the sleep time will be appreciated.

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