Acta Informatica

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 219–235 | Cite as

An axiomatic definition of synchronization primitives

  • Alain J. Martin


The semantics of a pair of synchronization primitives is characterized by three fundamental axioms: boundedness, progress, and fairness. The class of primitives fulfilling the three axioms is semantically defined. Unbuffered communication primitives, the symmetrical P and V operations, and the usual P and V operations are proved to be the three instances of this class. The definitions obtained are used to prove a series of basic theorems on mutual exclusion, producer-consumer coupling, deadlock, and linear and circular arrangements of communicating buffer-processes. An implementation of P and V operations fulfilling the axioms is proposed.


Information System Operating System Data Structure Communication Network Information Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alain J. Martin
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  1. 1.Philips Research LaboratoriesMD EindhovenThe Netherlands

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