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Re: Are there plans for a multi-threaded Emacs?

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Are there plans for a multi-threaded Emacs?
Date: 04 Dec 2003 15:30:39 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

> I don't think process filters would help much if I wanted to look up
> several entries in a hashtable in parallel to build an article
> summary buffer.  Right now, doing this sequentially is the only way,
> and consequently doing fancy things while building the summary buffer
> is not a good idea.

So you want to reduce the time it takes to build a summary buffer?
I agree that it would be good to build the summary buffer "in the
background" so I can do something else during this time, but if you want to
use parallelism to make things faster, then I think you're barking up the
wrong tree: Emacs is not optimized for speed and there are probably much
easier ways to make it faster.  Easier and safer as well (after all,
parallelising doesn't always speed things up, far from it).


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