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Thu 28 Mar 2013

Binary Sempahore


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Implemented binary semaphore in Minix 3. Minix 3 is a micro-kernel operating system.

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Most of the process pass information among themselves using application IPC. This often result in race condition. To prevent it and provide synchronization, semaphores, first proposed by Dikstras, is used.

Description

Implemented a new system call in Minix 3 along with the library function that allows it to be called conveniently from a C program. The library interface extends different process to use semaphore.

Binary Semaphore is used by processes to access the critical shared resources of the system. To demonstrate the working of semaphore, dining philosopher is implemented.


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