The polling technique is implemented by different operating systems aiming to monitor the status of one or more resource descriptors. Systems implement this technique by means of functions. Polling functions form the basis of event loops. We can often find these models being referred to as readiness notification scheme due to the fact that the polling function notifies the one interested in the event, that the resource descriptor is ready for interaction; the one interested, however, might/might not accomplish the desired operation.
In terms of Linux, for instance, we have the following polling functions: