A global breakpoint is a breakpoint that applies to multiple processes, including processes that are not actively being debugged, or have not yet been created. When a global breakpoint is hit, the debugger will attach automatically to the process that hit the breakpoint. Global breakpoints can be set within:
- a set of existing processes
- all processes already running
- all processes created after this point
- a combination of the above
When a global breakpoint is hit, synchronized run control operations could automatically be performed, e.g., to stop the entire core.