Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Mutex, which is short for mutual exclusion object, is a computer programming term used to describe and object that allows more than one program thread to share resources, just not at the same time. A shared resource may be something like data residing in memory or an input/output device, such as a disk controller. Enforcing mutual exclusion is an important part of preventing race conditions.

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