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Formalizing Some Classic Synchronization Primitives

  • J. J. Horning
Part of the Texts and Monographs in Computer Science book series (MCS)

Abstract

Semaphores, introduced by Dijkstra in 1968, and condition variables, introduced by Hoare in 1974, are still useful in structuring concurrent systems. It is important that programmers using them understand their precise properties. Concurrent programming is difficult enough without uncertainty about the details of the synchronization primitives. This note documents the version provided by the Threads interface of the Modula-2+ programming system [7].

Keywords

Critical Section Atomic Action Concurrent Program Concurrent System Interface Language 
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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. J. Horning
    • 1
  1. 1.Systems Research CenterDigital Equipment CorporationPalo AltoUSA

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