Cooperative Multitasking

What Does Cooperative Multitasking Mean?

Cooperative multitasking is a multitasking technique that enables two or more programs to cooperatively share the processing time and resources of the host processor. In this technique the programs in the processing queue must equally allocate the processors resources within each other.


Cooperative multitasking is also known as time-sharing multitasking.

Techopedia Explains Cooperative Multitasking

Cooperative multitasking works on the joint cooperation of programs in efficient processor sharing. Each program that currently has control of or utilizes the processor must give equal processing opportunities to other programs. Being a program controlled multitasking technique, any program or application that is not configured to cooperate as required can stop other system operations, as other programs must wait before the processor is released by the current program.


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