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Whenever there are many distinct, inter-dependent processes running in a computer system, there is a requirement for a means of communication between them. Inter-process communication allows complex tasks to be decomposed into a number of separate functional elements and unrelated processes to be made aware of each other&;#x2019;s resource requirements or the occurrence of external events which may affect their activities. Inter-process communication is essential whenever applications, such as multi-user database access, require multiple processes to interact asynchronously, in real time, with user terminals, while maintaining a consistent view of a shared resource.
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