Updated: 08/02/2020 by Computer Hope
Illustration of a person with six arms to represent multithreading.

Multithreading is an ability of a program or operating system to run several threads of the same program at the same time, maximizing the use of available CPU (central processing unit) time. By utilizing multithreading, a computer can execute and process multiple tasks at the same time.

Many software programs are capable of utilizing multithreading, improving a computer's efficiency and performance. Below are examples of when multithreading is used in software.

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