Go Concurrency

Large programs are divided into smaller sub-programs. Programs which run their smaller components at the same time is known as concurrency.


The parts of an application that run concurrently are called goroutines. Goroutines and channels are used for structuring concurrent programs.

A process is an independently executing entity running in a machine which runs in its own address space in memory. A process has threads which are simultaneously executing entities. Threads share the same address space of the process.

Goroutines are lightweight, much lighter than a thread. Goroutines run in the same address space, so access to shared memory must be synchronized; This can be done by sync package, but it is recommended to use channels to synchronize goroutines.

A goroutine is implemented as a function or method. It is called (invoked) with the 'go' keyword. When the goroutine finishes, nothing is returned to the caller function.

Go Concurrency Example


fun2,  -> 0
fun1,  -> 0
fun1,  -> 1
fun2,  -> 1
fun1,  -> 2
fun1,  -> 3
fun2,  -> 2
fun1,  -> 4
fun1,  -> 5
fun2,  -> 3
fun1,  -> 6
fun1,  -> 7
fun2,  -> 4
fun1,  -> 8
fun1,  -> 9
fun2,  -> 5
fun2,  -> 6
fun2,  -> 7
fun2,  -> 8
fun2,  -> 9

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