|(programming, operating system)||Inter-process Communication - (IPC) Exchange of data between
one process and another, either within the same computer or
over a network. It implies a protocol that guarantees a
response to a request. Examples are Unix sockets, RISC OS's messages, OS/2's Named Pipes, Microsoft Windows'
DDE, Novell's SPX and Macintosh's IAC.|
Although IPC is performed automatically by programs, an analogous function can be performed interactively when users cut and paste data from one process to another using a clipboard.