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Changes since boost 1.34
Thread Management
Class thread
Namespace this_thread
Class thread_group
Mutex Concepts
Lock Types
Mutex Types
Condition Variables
One-time Initialization
Thread Local Storage
Class thread_specific_ptr

Boost.Thread enables the use of multiple threads of execution with shared data in portable C++ code. It provides classes and functions for managing the threads themselves, along with others for synchronizing data between the threads or providing separate copies of data specific to individual threads.

The Boost.Thread library was originally written and designed by William E. Kempf. This version is a major rewrite designed to closely follow the proposals presented to the C++ Standards Committee, in particular N2497, N2320, N2184, N2139, and N2094