A section of code invoked by the hardware whenever an IRQ occurs. It is generally part of the Kernel and usually contained in a device driver. Because they occur asynchronously, invoked by hardware rather than through normal control flow, InterruptHandlers are notoriously hard to write (see RaceCondition). They are also commonly written in AssemblyLanguage because IRQs tend to happen very frequently (try procinfo -n 1 -D on Linux to see counts of the number of interrupts that your Kernel receives; -n 1 means 1 second intervals, -D shows only the differences from one interval to the next).
One specific InterruptHandler is of paramount importance in modern OperatingSystems: the timer IRQ invokes a handler which drives the scheduler that distributes CPU time among tasks. Without this IRQ and its handler, preemptive multitasking would not be possible.
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