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Computing (FOLDOC) dictionary
Inter-process Communication
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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, RISCOS's messages, OS/2's Named Pipes, Microsoft Windows'
DDE, Novell's SPX and Macintosh's IAC.